Banana Tree – 75-79 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HN

Banana Tree

Banana Tree according to urbanspoon is the most popular restaurant in London. The cuisine is a mix of Thai, Malay and a little Vietnamese thrown in. The Vietnamese spring rolls were good, with glass noodles and vegetables. I prefer the … Continue reading

Viet Grill – 58 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP

Viet Grill


A more recent review of Viet Grill can be found here.


Sake lamb skewer – Nice char, simple tasty lamb dish, not sure I could taste the sake.

Indochine beef – beef cooked in lime juice with loads of onion, massive flavour, as good as Cay Tre.

Stewed Saigon pork belly – my favourite, fatty, ugly and maybe a little confronting for some. Pork belly stewed in coconut juice. The pork melts in your mouth.

Flamed Wok Chicken – nice and light chicken dish, crowd pleasing especially for those afraid of pork belly.

Crispy tofu – cooked with scallions, honey and lime.

Pan-fried Basa fish – coated in turmeric oil, lemongrass & topped with chilli


Cognac ‘luc lac’ shaking beef – garlic heavy beef but the serving is too small, I much prefered the lamb to this dish.

Chillied, salted & peppered squid – this was dry and overcooked, I’ve had much better elsewhere.

Dos Cojones!

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Cay Tre – 301 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA

Cay Tre


Cua farci – vietnamese stuffed swimming crab
The crab was great, the noodles, crab and mushroom are sealed in the shell with egg. The contents in the shell were quite dense and dry but mixed well with the crab and sauce on the plate.

Chả cá lã vọng –  la vong grilled fish
Monkfish with lots of dill, the preparation is finished at your table by a waiter, it looked like a hell of a lot of dill when the waiter began frying the dish but turned out to be a nice fragrant dish, not special enough to be called a signature dish but theatrical.

Các món rang muối – chilied, salted & peppered squid
Nice and light, not chewy but it could have done with a little lime or light dipping sauce to accompany it.

Bò tái chanh – indochine beef
Thins beef strips, lots of onions and herbs cevicehed in lime juice, really fresh and flavoursome.

Bò lúc lắc – cognac “luc lac” shaking beef fillet mignon
Very tender, nicely seasoned, great beef.

The restaurant is small and very loud, particularly downstairs where you have to scream to be heard. I prefer Viet Grill as it’s the same menu and much more pleasant atmosphere. They also include a 12.5% discretionary service charge automatically on your bill. I hate that!

Un Cojón!

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