Au Lac, Highbury, London
Happy New Year’s Eve. What a year. So much writing. So much change. And of course, so much eating. Life for me in London started off in Rob and Anne’s ‘hood of Highbury and it was only fitting for our final meal to be there too. Here’s my review for family-run Vietnamese eatery Au Lac, a place that offers classic and modern cuisine to set your hearts aflame.
Lac of the draw
It’s a great neighbourhood eatery to have, and quite casual too. We popped in without a booking and that was all fine. How I like my dinner plans to be. There’s a family-friendly vibe at Au Lac and a nice spot for spending an hour or two.
We were going to make this last meal for the year count, and we ordered quite a bit for the occasion. Everything is well priced at Au Lac, its an affordable option.
Wholesome, tasty, authentic
We started off our night with summer rolls and the spring rolls. These are excellent and you get a lot on each serve. We ordered three mains, along with a side of the bok choy and white rice. Drinks-wise we had a bit from each section, the cocktails and spirits are deliciously cheap here too.
All the mains pretty much arrived at the same time. There was the flaming beef (as above) which was the table’s showstopper, as well as the lemongrass pork and roast chicken.
The lemongrass pork has a nice flavour to it, and is a good size, although the choice of plate makes it a bit harder as a sharing plate. I like the heat to the flaming beef and I only burnt my tongue the one time. Worth it though.
The roast chicken is nice and interesting enough, but was my least favourite of the three as it’s a bit hard to eat and/or share. Still a good dish.
Even the bok choy is excellent here!
The only downer was that the Vietnamese coffee wasn’t up to the normal standard (so I’m told) as well as a drink order being lost. But otherwise, I was really impressed with Au Lac and would be happy if this was near my home!