I fell in love with Vietnamese food while living in francophone West Africa but have never found anything comparable closer to home than Paris,. So I was very excited to find out about Ladudu and my first visit lived well up to expectations.
After an initial frustration when I discovered that the Google map linked to the restaurant website showed the wrong location (it is in fact very close to all three stations in West End Lane), there was a warm welcome despite my late arrival. The backless stool provided looked uncomfortable for my poor back but was quickly replaced by a chair. The restaurant is light and airy which matches the style of the food - down to the single perfect flower in a vase on each table.
We ran riot through the menu since there were so many old favourites that I was anxious to try again. Everything was fresh and light and utterly delicious, although the highlight for me was the exquisite chopped seafood in the piquant lime juice and coriander marinade that I have so often failed to reproduce at home, served for the diner to roll up in crisp lettuce leaves. I like to alternate bites of these with prawn crackers for extra crunch. But to single out one dish is unfair on the rest of the wide ranging menu.
The wine list is well selected and modestly priced.
Service was warm and efficient from the owner herself. At a quiet weekday lunchtime, she had time to chat which added to our enjoyment of the visit. Since they do not close in the afternoon, we lingered for hours with no pressure to vacate the table. When we finally left, the bill was quite modest for all that we had eaten and drunk,
Nice loos, too.
Definitely one that will become a regular and favourite venue, thankfully not too far from home.for me, but worth crossing London for according to my eating companion (and so easy by train, tube and bus).
Ladudu deserves to do well.
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