“I don’t think I’ve ever actually had bad Vietnamese food”, I said to my boyfriend, as I tried to get to grips with the chopsticks. I’m still pretty bad with them. “Like, Chinese food, I’ve had some pretty bad meals, even in restaurants. But Vietnamese? That’s always been pretty decent.”
‘Pretty decent’ is kind of an understatement for how much I enjoyed our three course Vietnamese meal at Viet Eat this week.
We ordered a selection of four starters to share – and not just because it makes for a good flat lay shot. I don’t usually rave about salads, but I went a bit loopy for the Mango Salad with Tiger Prawns. The mango dressing was tart and aromatic, and worked like a dream with the beautifully textured, already-shelled tiger prawns. You can get this as a main course, and it’s something I’d genuinely consider ordering on a hot summer’s day.
The Honey Glazed Chicken Wings were the only slight let-down of the starters – not because they were bad, at all, just because everything else was so good and I’ve had better chicken wings. The Chilli Salt and Pepper Squid, however, was an actual DREAM and some of the best calamari I’ve actually had, ever. Which is a pretty damn high accolade.
As a main course, I chose the BBQ Honey Pork with Vermicelli Noodles. The BBQ marinade was rich and smoky, and the pork was a perfect consistency – sitting pleasantly on the right side of chewy. Initially, I was worried the noodles would be a bit dry, but at the bottom of my bowl, I discovered some delicious sauce, flavoured by the BBQ pork with a hint of a chilli kick. Oh, and the portion size was really impressive – I actually struggled to finish off my bowl.
I also got to try a taste of the Bò Pork Classic Pho, offering up tender pork in a well-spiced broth with plenty of noodles. Another thing I’d definitely order for myself on a follow-up visit!
For dessert, I chose the Vietnamese Flan Caramel, and Conor the Pandan and Coconut Panna Cotta. Both were light and easy to manage after a big meal, and the sauce on the caramel flan was a particular highlight – sweet and rich without being heavy.
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I absolutely loved Viet Eat’s dishes, and being able to sit on the street on a sunny day watching London go by was a really great way to spend the evening. The cafe vibe combined with real quality dishes made it a pleasure to eat here – and I’m 100% coming back soon!
48 Kingsway, London WC2B 6EP
*We received a complimentary meal in exchange for review
More awesome London eats: Mango Tree (Thai) | Hakkasan (Chinese) | Anokha (Indian)
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