Vietfood, Chinatown, London
Take a break from the crowds of Chinatown and get into Vietfood. Great value Vietnamese cuisine in an antique-styled setting. The owner formerly worked as the Chef de Cuisine at Hakkasan and earned a Michelin star. The experience here at Vietfood is much more laid back than that store. No booking is required, find a table downstairs or up before the staff will whisk over a menu to you.
There’s two floors to Vietfood and I’m a fan of the kitschy decor. It makes for a busy little hub of activity, and there was a mix of group dining as well as solo ones like me. And it isn’t too long before it gets going.
I went for the lunch special Com Hộp (£7.90) with the lemongrass chicken option. All the specials get served with a salad of salad, and rice. Both were worthwhile mentions, the rice has a nice soy seasoning (with garnish) and the salad has a tasty dressing. It doesn’t go unappreciated that even these minor side dishes are also dealt with so effortfully.
The piece of chicken isn’t huge, but together with everything else it’s enough for a lunch. The seasonings were very Vietnamese and tasted authentic. There’s that sweet fish sauce taste, the zest of that lemongrass and the smokiness of the chicken skin.
The touch of char on the meat brings out the superb flavours of the marinade on the chicken. More then a satisfactory time at Vietfood, so I am keen to check out some more of the menu. The whole experience is wrapped in an easy thirty minute window so it’s mega helpful when it comes to these corporate lunch breaks. Another similar price, speed option around the corner is Misato.