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An Nam Restaurant

544 Purley Way | Croydon, London CR0 4NZ, England
+44 20 8688 3300
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Ranked #2,384 of 16,892 restaurants in London
Price range: $15 - $23
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An Nam restaurant is Croydon's favourite spot for authentic Vietnamese food. Established in November 2006, its owner Myoi Cao surprised locals by winning Croydon's Oriental Chef of the Year competition in 2007, beating both Wagamama and Miso to the top spot. An Nam has since grown from strength to strength, popular among south Londoners and even far off visitors from around the UK. About: Owner and chef Myoi Cao has lived in south London since 1981 and worked in the restaurant trade for over three decades. Her culinary roots, however, are found halfway across the world in the southern Mekong region of Vietnam. Myoi had long-memorised her mother's recipes and over the years has expanded her repertoire with regular trips back to southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Southern Vietnam ("An Nam") is known for its abundance of seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs, and for its bold flavours - lemongrass, fish sauce, tamarind and chilli.
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: An Nam restaurant is Croydon's favourite spot for authentic Vietnamese food. Established in November 2006, its owner Myoi Cao surprised locals by winning Croydon's Oriental Chef of the Year competition in 2007, beating both Wagamama and Miso to the top spot. An Nam has since grown from strength to strength, popular among south Londoners and even far off visitors from around the UK. About: Owner and chef Myoi Cao has lived in south London since 1981 and worked in the restaurant trade for over three decades. Her culinary roots, however, are found halfway across the world in the southern Mekong region of Vietnam. Myoi had long-memorised her mother's recipes and over the years has expanded her repertoire with regular trips back to southern Vietnam and Cambodia. Southern Vietnam ("An Nam") is known for its abundance of seafood, fresh vegetables and herbs, and for its bold flavours - lemongrass, fish sauce, tamarind and chilli.
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The best Vietnamese food I have had in London - authentic, healthy and fresh. So much choice, great atmosphere and lovely staff. Can't wait to go again!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Slightly hidden away upstairs at Wing Yip, this restaurant is an absolute gem! I have eaten here countless times over the past few years and have enjoyed every meal without exception. The menu is interesting and varied, and the food is light, fresh and delicious; the only difficulty I regularly have is trying to choose what to have when I'd... More

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Snellville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Just happened to find this restaurant. We are from the US staying at the Hilton. The Hotel was unaware of it. We loved the food and told the owner how much we enjoyed it. On our return to the Hilton we made sure they could recommend it. The food was excellent and so neat and clean. Just a short walk... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Food is fantastic, service is in top and prices very reasonable Love coming here, much much better and cheaper than downstairs

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Surrey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

You should walk past the restaurants at the front of the Wing Yip centre (there's nothing wrong with them), go upstairs and have a wonderful meal in this superb restaurant. I have been many times with numerous different friends, without exception they have all loved it. If you are not familiar with Vietnamese cuisine, let Myoi or her team advise... More

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This place is the real deal and will take you on a culinary trip around South Vietnam. The dishes are always super fresh and authentic. You will be blown away by the interplay between the nuoc mam (fish sauce vinaigrette), charcoal grilled meat or fish and the highly aromatic herbs. This delicate balance is typical of South Vietnamese cuisine and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I had never had Vietnamese food before so we pushed the boat out in this authentic venue. I was not disappointed and am now a complete convert to Vietnamese cuisine and intend to revisit soon. The owner was very helpful for us novices and provided us with a wide selection of mouth watering food. The wine was inexpensive but well... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

being vietnemese i was abaolutely shocked and horrified by the food. It taste nothing like what it should have and one of the dishes which i got tasted as if it was past the use by date. food is definitely pre bought and just heated up. to top it all off the manager or owners behaviour is distgusting as she... More

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Myoi C, Owner at An Nam Restaurant, responded to this review

Hello Kim Thanks for leaving a review with us, but I do feel that you have grossly misrepresented what happened yesterday evening. To clarify, I am the owner and chef Myoi. You visited with a friend yesterday evening – a man about your age - and you spent some time choosing dishes from the menu. Our head waiter assisted you,... More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Love this restaurant, have been many a time. Fresh, light and delicious food. Service at times slow but on the whole polite and friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I came across An Nam by chance after stopping by the market downstairs, I've tried alot of Vietnamese restaurants around Hackney but the food here was amazing and will definitely make the trip back again! I went with my boyfriend and we tried the Vietnamese pancake, summer rolls, grilled beef and snapper and mango, all were incredible. The staff were... More

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