Like Thai food, Vietnamese cooking relies on the balance between hot, sour, sweet and salty. With fresh, healthy dishes that sing with the flavours of lemongrass, chilli, citrus and herbs, it’s easy to see why it’s so popular in London. If you’re craving a zingy noodle salad or a steaming bowl of pho, here are eight Vietnamese restaurants to try in London.
CôBa, King’s Cross – After starting out as a supperclub host, Australian-Vietnamese Damon Bui now runs this laid-back Vietnamese barbecue restaurant near King’s Cross. We’re big fans of his famous prawn toast and the noodle salads topped with things like spiced chicken and lemongrass pork.
Banh Banh, Peckham – Run by five siblings, this neighbourhood gem serves all the classics alongside lesser known dishes like banh khot pancakes with prawns and spring onions. With most dishes coming in under a tenner, it’s the sort of place you could happily eat once a week.
Go Viet, South Kensington – This elegant restaurant is owned by ex-Hakkasan chef Jeff Tan, the man behind Viet Food in Chinatown. He combines classic Vietnamese flavours with modern cooking techniques in dishes like crispy frog legs and 16-hour pho with rare Wagyu beef.Continue Reading