Cây Tre’s Soho branch is another roaring success from the Vietnamese Kitchen group. The décor is West-End-slick with minimalistic, monochrome interiors. It’s the food, however, that’s at the heart of this restaurant, and the pared-back surroundings help keep the focus where it should be; on the menu. The main dishes of classic pho and bun bo are delicious, but we recommend loading up on small plates and sharing the lot, the better way to try all the incredible flavours on offer.
Cây Tre, 42-43 Dean St, London, UK, +44 20 7317 9118
Smack bang in the center of London’s ‘theatreland’ lies the glamorous Com Viet. You might pop in for a quick pre-theatre dinner, but once you’ve tried the delights on offer, you’ll be at risk of missing the show altogether. The wine selection is satisfying but not too pricey, while the decor is all dark wood and leather, complete with chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.
Com Viet, 2-4 Garrick St, London, UK, +44 20 7497 2779
The third branch from Vietnamese culinary legend, Bobby Chinn, The House of Ho’s sister restaurants can be found in Saigon and Hanoi. The flavors are authentically Vietnamese, but the dishes have a decided modern update, with beautiful spiced quail, apple-smoked pork belly, and rich, fragrant steamed lobster with glass noodles all on the menu. The focus is on sharing plates, but this summer sees bahn mi and pho also come to Ho.
The House of Ho, 55-59 Old Compton St, London, UK, +44 20 7287 0770
Don’t be deceived by the appearance of this little restaurant. It may not look like much, but the rough-around-the-edges exterior hides an absolute jewel of a Vietnamese restaurant. The menu includes dishes local to the Mien Tay region and all are done to perfection, with steaming, succulent beef, chargrilled quail, and summer rolls that are fresh and crisp.
The star of Kingsland road, the pho at Sông Quê Café is notoriously good. Filled with natural light and the chatter of its Vietnamese loving crowd, the staff is friendly, and the food delicious from rolls that give a satisfying crunch when bitten to beef with a kick of lemongrass. Rumored to be the best in London, the pho is where it’s at, and it’s easy to see why.
Sông Quê Café, 134 Kingsland Rd, London, UK, +44 20 7613 3222