London's Best Vietnamese Food

This food is hot, in every sense of the word

Most Popular

There was a time, not so long ago, that the only Asian cuisine British people sampled was a monthly inhaling of regrettable batter-covered chicken served in a sticky neon sauce. No more.

The freshness and vibrancy of the Orient’s food has gone mainstream, and has branched out to cover Japanese, Indonesian and, increasingly, Vietnamese.

Street-food stalls and fast food outlets hawking baguette with Vietnamese fillings are supplying lunch all over London, while restaurant chains such as Pho are expanding with speed and bringing rivals along for the ride.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Like Thai, the cuisine strikes the balance between hot, spicy, sweet and sour, and uses a whole lot of lime, garlic, ginger, chilli and brown sugar. Unlike Thai, it’s minus the coconut milk richness – giving a sharper and more intense taste. 

Keu Soho

Banh Mi is the Vietnamese baguette sandwich, which emerged from the country's colonisation by the French. Take a classic crusty French loaf and fill it with meats, terrines, spiced vegatbles and fresh herbs for a classic collision of East and West. The Keu chain spcialises in this increasingly popular lunch snack and has added a Soho branch to its Hoxton original.

Most Popular

9 Poland Street, London W1F 8PY,

Cay Tre,  Soho

A second location for the chain that began in East London and is also behind the Keu deli (above), this busy joint does street food and main meals equally well. Dishes like monkfish (caught daily in Devon) grilled with Galangal, tumeric, dill, set it apart from identikit menus, and the meat and fish is fresh and sourced from the British Isles. 

42-43 Dean Street, London W1D 4PZ, 020 7317 9118


Com Viet, Covent Garden

An authentic restaurant in an expensive location is a rarity, but this little gem is both. Not much to look at from the outside, the interior is nicely decorated, the service is friendly and it executes the classics (noodle soups, summer rolls and stir-fried squid) perfectly.

2-4 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BH, 020 7497 2779 


Mien Tay, Battersea

Named for the South area of Vietnam from which the owners originate, this homely, family-run restaurant has received no end of praise from professional critics and punters alike. Esquire's very own AA. Gill called their food “heaven,” and the incredible value for money (mains are all around £6.50) keeps a band of loyal regulars coming back for more.

180 Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TQ, 0207 350 0721 

Pho, Islington

The latest London opening of this rapidly expanding chain, which has also just gone up North with an outpost in Leeds. A small menu means that everything is done well, with fresh ingredients and sharp, zingy flavours. The stocks that form the base of the epoynumous Pho (a noodle soup that is the Viet’s national dish) are concocted over hours, to achieve an intense depth of flavour.

39 Upper Street, London, N1 0PN , 0207 559 5150 

Song Que

Based in the Hoxton Kingsland Road Vietnamese restaurant stetch, this is a fast-paced, eat-and-out affair. Beef Pho, chargrilled quail and the grilled pork mince with noodles are fresh, flavoursome and consistently brilliant.

134 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DY, 020 7613 3222


Banhmi11, Clerkenwell

This kitchen began life as small Broadway market stall in 2009, before their quick and delicious range of Vietnamese filled baguettes and noodle boxes brought them expansion and (localised) fame.  Try the marinated crackling pork belly stuffed in a roll for the ultimate in lunchtime food bliss.

17 Elm Street, London, WC1X 0BQ,  0207 833 3876


Single dish restaurants 
London's Greatest Chippies 
Ten Beers To Try Before You Die 

Patty and Bun
Food & Drink
London's Best Burgers (Tried And Tested)
Because it's never a bad time for meat in a bun
wine pairing
Food & Drink
9 Things We Learned From The Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester 'Guide To Choosing Better Wine'
We had the pleasure of welcoming two top sommeliers to the Esquire Townhouse​ for a wine masterclass​​
Food & Drink
Is This Chorizo-Topped Doughnut Amazing Or The Worst Thing To Ever Happen To Mankind?
You doughnut know how to feel right now
Food & Drink
Eating Yellow Food Could Be The Secret To Happiness, Says Study
​A cheerful strategy for when you're feeling down
Fundi pizza
Food & Drink
Here's The Real Way You're Meant To Hold Your Pizza (According To An Expert)
The food police are back to ruin your life​
Food & Drink
The 'World's Best Pizza' Is Coming To London
Mamma mia
Salvador Dali
You Can Finally Own A Copy Of Salvador Dali's Bizarre Cookbook
​ "Thousand year old eggs,"​ anyone?​
Here Are The Winners Of 'The World's 50 Best Bars Awards 2016'
The usual suspects​
World Class House, at London Cocktail Week 2016
Food & Drink
Where To Eat & Drink This Week: Cocktails, & Turkish Delights
Let us guide you around London​​
Don Drap cocktail
Food & Drink
Revealed: The 10 Most Popular Cocktails In The World
​Where did your favourite come?​