We haven’t had any Vietnamese food since our visit to the Vietnamese Festival back in the summer, so we thought it was time to get our Vietnamese food fix! We decided to try out Viet Eat – a small compact restaurant located in London’s Holborn. It’s only a stone throw away from Holborn station, so you’ll find it easily. It was pretty busy and we had to squeeze onto a table amongst other customers. So if you’re looking for a quick, easy and decently priced meal in an intimate setting, Viet Eat is your place to go!We opted for a few of the traditional Vietnamese dishes to try:
Vietnamese Iced Coffee – THE drink to have when eating Vietnamese food. Strong filtered coffee, creamy from the evaporated milk. This one had just the right amount of sweetness added. A must try!
Beef Pho – We had mixed opinions about this. The beef was tender and the taste of the onions were really coming through. Kitty though the broth could’ve had more depth to it, Robert thought it was just right. If we’re talking about authenticity, Viet Eat’s version of the pho isn’t quite that. The noodles were also not the traditional thin Vietnamese rice noodles. It was still enjoyable though.
Mango and Prawn Salad – Unfortunately, Viet Eat had sold out of the green papaya and beef salad. So the waiter recommended this mango and prawn salad to us as an alternative. Not a bad choice at all! The mango was crunchy yet juicy. The prawns were cooked perfectly and held their firmness. The fragrance from the mint and coriander, together with the added kick from the chilli, gave the dish different dynamics of flavour. The dish was then brought together by the classic fish sauce dressing. This was a very enjoyable salad and we’d definitely order it again.
Banh Mi – another classic dish from Vietnam. This mini french baguettes are filled with pork, sliced cucumber, coriander, pickled vegetables, pate, and sriracha. The flavours in this are so complex yet all come together so well. The crunchy baguette, melt-in-your-mouth pork, combined with the freshness from the herbs and vegetables was just absolutely yummy!
Hanoi Prawn Pancake – If you weren’t impressed by the way this dish looks, then it has’t really fooled you. It was diced sweet potatoes and prawns in a batter mix that was then deep fried. The way to eat this is wrap it in the lettuce and then dip it into the fish sauce served with it. Kitty thought this dish was overrated and she would’ve been quite happy to heat the pancake on its own, without the gimmick of a wrap.
So overall, our experience at Viet Eat was pleasant. Some of the dishes were yummy, some were standard. The honest opinion is that Viet Eat has taken authentic Vietnamese dishes and tailored them for London’s tastebuds. Overall, we’re giving Viet Eat a yummy score of 3 – maybe we can return to try out the other dishes in the hope that it will wow us!