Following on from U for Ukrainian dining at Baltic, the alphabet dining group met for V dining. Having explored a few more exotic possible V destinations, we settled on Vietnamese in the end
The gang headed over to Canada Water on a Friday evening to check out no-reservation Cafe East. It’s no frills to keep up turnover of tables but our group of 6 got a table on our arrival at 7pm.
The menu had appetite- inducing photos of the dishes, which made a nice difference to some of the awful pictures I sometimes see in menus at Asian restaurant. One thing to note is the stark warning on the menu that as they don’t serve alcohol, they don’t offer tap water.
As is the style of the alphabet dining club, we ordered a selection of dishes and shared – Americans call it dining family style though I don’t think we have a British term for it. For starters, we had cha gio – deep fried pork spring rolls and bahn cuon – steamed pudding pastry topped with meatloaf and minced pork.
Main courses were pho tai chin – soup based pho, pho with crispy pork, stir fried beef and chicken curry.
The dishes tasted good and were good value for money. London is blessed with good Vietnamese restaurants and while Viet Cafe isn’t the best or the most extensively emu choice, it’s worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Good value for money. Limited menu but flavoursome food
100 Redriff Rd, Surrey Quays Leisure Park, London SE16 7LH