Be warned: Huong Viet on Englefield Road doesn’t do deserts
on Mondays. On most other days you can get the chance to indulge into a truly
authentic Vietnamese dining experience. In an area with ample of excellent Vietnamese
restaurants (further South on Kingsland Rd or on Mare Street) Huong Viet still
manages to stand out.
The restaurant is based in an old slipper bath house (opened
in 1932) and now home to the An Viet Foundation giving your restaurant the slight
touch of dining a community centre. The decor is sparse with a simple room
filled with tables and paper table cloths (similar to many other Vietnamese
restaurants in the area) so it’s unlikely that you will choose this restaurant
to impress your dining party. Choose this restaurant if you know the value of
high quality Vietnamese food at reasonable prices.
Try the Prawns with Celery and Fragrant Mushroom (a.k.a. no
58) as one of the best mains they have.