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The Green Papaya

East End / East London
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191 Mare Street, London E8 3QE, England
020 8985 5486
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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London, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here for a casual catch up and was really pleasantly surprised. The service was friendly, professional and efficient. We didn't have starters as we really were pushed for time but between us we had the stir fry tofu and slow cooked lamb cubes with jasmine rice and both were freshly made to perfection. Will definitely be going back... More 

Thank Aubrey D
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that the food was great. I don't know about a green papaya in Kingsland Road but I do know the one on mare Street and the food is as good today as it was when it first opened many years ago. I marked it down to 4 stars as I don't like the decor as much... More 

Thank robshift
Marlow, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no sign outside ( maybe off being repaired) but we managed to find The Green Papaya which had been recommended to us as the best Vietnamese nosh around. Loved the ambiance with simple chairs and tables.The menu is not extensive but the food is quite authentic ( for Uk/London sourced ingredients) and absolutely delicious, washed down with a... More 

Thank Peter W
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Flying visit to london we visited this Vietnamese restaurant on chance , when we arrived it was busy and staff were a little off hand but we were offered a table despite not booking and obviously busy, decor is basic and took a while to take our order but once ordered food was prompt , hot and fabulous , reasonably... More 

Thank Fran G
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried this restaurant for the first time and was so impressed with the food it was delicious, quick service and would Deffo go again

Thank Sophie G
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Staff are great at Green Papaya. For tasty, quick, Vietnamese food it's a safe bet. Favourites on the menu, asparagus chicken, Thai Green curry, and the pho's are lovely.

Thank Rachel H
Greater London, United Kingdom
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223 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

Simple, modern and buzzy restaurant between Hackney Town Hall and the lively Broadway Market. They have a very good choice of Vietnamese food from pho, to bun to stir fries. Pho could do with a few more herbs and some dishes are OK but bland, but beef dishes, seafood and some vegetarian options are really good. Service is professional and... More 

1 Thank P E
Worcester, Massachusetts
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Went here with one of my friends for a nice Friday night dinner. I had saw and heard great reviews but was extremely disappointed. We were sat immediately and were not given more than a minute to look over the menu before we were asked for our order. I ordered the chicken red curry and my friend ordered shrimp stir... More 

1 Thank em1872
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Found this place on TripAdvisor and the reviews were good. My starter was really good, but could be my choice of main didn't suit me. I ordered cubed slow cooked lamb in a sauce. This was very gloopy and was accompanied by some very stodgy rice. Service was good. But couldn't say that it was friendly. Might have been different... More 

Thank Bryn J
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here twice and have been pleased both times. The first was takeaway after a long week of work. It was ready very quickly and still quite hot when I got home 15 minutes later! Lots of fresh herbs with the pho. Ate in the restaurant yesterday and got nice recommendations from the staff. Slow cooked lamb in coconut... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?