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“Unassuming location, brilliant food”
Review of Cafe East

Cafe East
Ranked #3,939 of 23,592 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $11
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Modern, canteen style restaurant specialising in authentic Vietnamese home cooking.
Reviewed November 2, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to me by a family friend and I decided to give it a go, seeing as I have never eaten Vietnamese food.

It is situated in a dingy, industrial area of Surrey Quays behind Tesco and the Hollywood Bowl Bingo Hall and doesn't look like a nice place to eat.

The first good sign was that the restaurant was full of Oriental customers, a sign that the food is authentic. To start I had the steamed pastry rolls with pork and mushrooms and crispy onions, served with the house fish sauce. They were absolutely wonderful - a great texture, packed full of flavour and the fish sauce just made the dish perfect.

For main I had the rice noodle soup with rare and well done beef. The soup was delicately spiced and the beef was sumptuous. The noodles provided the bulk and yet again, I sampled a perfect dish. This dish comes with bean sprouts, coriander, mint and chilli to put in the soup.

Overall this was a great meal consisting of brilliant and authentic Vietnamese food, great value and service without fault. I would recommend this to anyone who likes good quality food and a new and unforgettable experience.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

Whenever I have guests, I trek out east to show them Cafe East for a delicious and authentic Vietnamese experience. The banh cuon is great, the pho is very good, the iced coffee excellent.

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Thank mish6974
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is one of my favourite restaurants and I just can't get enough of the bun tom hue. Sure, the restaurant itself looks a little bit canteen like, they don't serve alcohol and the menu is relatively small but actually, none of that matters as this place is all about the food. It's not a lingering romantic dinner place, it's a go in and say nothing for 20mins after your food arrives because you are too busy enjoying it. It is refreshing to have a restaurant so focussed on the quality of the food and it really shows. It is not too expensive, very quick and quite frankly just awesome.

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Thank Victoria C
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

Really love the food here...one of the best vietnamese food i ever tasted, especially the fried chicken!! the skin is really crunchy and the meat is really tasty..banh cuon is also excellent..i'm craving it now!!

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Thank ArthurK204
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

especially Banh Cuon, Pho Chin and the coconut juice! dont know what they put in their foods, quite addictive!

only problem is they dont open on tuesday and about one to two months during summer. made me crave it even more!

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Thank Peter W
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