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The Green Papaya

#3,118 of 17,159 Restaurants in London
#3,335 of 18,038 Places to Eat in London
Certificate of Excellence
East End / East London
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191 Mare Street, London E8 3QE, England
020 8985 5486
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 37
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Food Excellent, Service a bit so-so

Small but bustling with atmosphere, the food lived up to expectations. Crispy Prawns for starters and a spicy beef chilli and cumin plus fried aubergine. Vietnamese beer was good to wash it down with also. Alltogether very tasty though arrived in a somewhat ad-hoc fashion rather than as courses... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
Andrew F
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York, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Second time in green papaya. Enjoyed our meal the first time but yesterday felt pretty depressed in front of our plates. Sweet and sour aubergines in stripes from the popular menu came served as fried chips with the sweet sauce to dip them in. could have gone to MacDonalds. Then we had slow cooked pork belly which mostly contained bits... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

I came to this restaurant with my husband to enjoy our meal on our off day, and we are in hospitality businesses ourselves, we know how much pressure the staff can be under, even though the restaurant wasnt busy at all, we ordered drinks and our soft drinks arrived but our hot sake didnt and after a while we asked... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Its a nice big place with really good service. The food was pretty good and in line expectations. The vietnamese beer is pretty good as well. the service was very prompt and the food tasted very fresh.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Small but bustling with atmosphere, the food lived up to expectations. Crispy Prawns for starters and a spicy beef chilli and cumin plus fried aubergine. Vietnamese beer was good to wash it down with also. Alltogether very tasty though arrived in a somewhat ad-hoc fashion rather than as courses (however i understand this is usual for many vietnamese eateries) which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We ate at this restaurant with friends from the area and I was quite pleased with it. First time for my wife and I to eat Vietnamese food and we really enjoyed ourselves. The prices were very reasonable and the food was fabulous. The proprietor, Wyn, was very helpful in helping us order a good sampling of the food. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

One of our favourite restaurants for good Vietnamese food. Great location in hackney amidst a lot of choice for great vietnamese food. Visited last week and enjoyed the food but not quite as much as previously. Now got more of a trendy bar buzz which will attract the clientele they want but we preffered the old style, but you cannot... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I've been here a few times over the years & its our favourite Vietnamese in the area. The food is always fresh and tasty. Soft shell crab and salt/pepper squid had a lovely, light batter- not greasy or heavy at all. One of the noodle dishes was too salty for me, but everyone else thought it was fine. Attentive service.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited here before a trip to the Hackney Empire to see a surprisingly excellent Lenny Henry in "Rudy's Rare Records". Anyway we had prawns with ginger and garlic, chicken with lemongrass, egg fried rice, and a large plate of special noodles - all delicious and under £30.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Really authentic Vietnamese kitchen with really affordable price list. Staff is looking after you as soon you come in, advice to call earlier to book a table, it's always fully booked, but it will not take a long time until you find a table if you are coming with no booking. The menu is still the same from years ago,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We had curry and pho and both were delicious. Also the beer was pretty good. The service was average and the house wine was cheap but not very good. Overall I would definitely recommend, the food was REALLY good!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 191 Mare Street, London E8 3QE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > East End / East London
  • Neighborhood: East End / East London
  • Phone Number: 020 8985 5486

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Vietnamese
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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