Viet Grill, E2 8DP
- 020 7739 6686
- 58 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP
- Mon-Thu: 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11:30pm; Sun: 11:30am-10:30pm
Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland Road in Shoreditch.
The restaurant is over two levels. The ground floor can seat 60 people at tables and 7 at the bar, while the basement can seat approximately 50.
bob visited on a Thursday lunchtime in July 2018. There were two other customers when I arrived a little before 12:30pm, and one more joined us while I was there. I had the Saigon Feed set lunch (£11) which consists of a limited choice of starters and mains. My grilled piggy aubergine photo and the chilli pork chop photo were both quite nice.
We started with sliced beef grilled tableside and wrapped in rice paper (£5/person, for a minimum of two people). This is a self-assembly dish; a portable grill is provided along with a plate of thinly-sliced beef, rice paper wrappers, and various vegetables and pickles, and you're left to grill the beef as you prefer it before wrapping it up with the veg/pickles and eating it. Note that if you like your beef very rare, it might be wise to rest it for a minute before putting it in your roll, since otherwise the meat juices will leak out of the roll and make a terrible mess. (I speak from experience, and note that the staff member who showed us how to make the rolls failed to realise this would happen even though we told her we liked our meat rare.)
Our mains were slow-cooked catfish (£6.50) photo and Vietnamese quail curry (£6), and we shared a dish of water spinach in garlic (£5). The catfish was a little earthy-tasting, but steamed fragrant rice (£1.80) was very, very good. bob thought the noodles with beansprouts and onions (£3) were good too.
Accessibility: Two steps to get in. The toilets are in the basement, down a flight of wide stairs. There is also more seating in the basement.
- bob's photoset on Flickr, including photos of the menu as of July 2018
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