Nominated for Best Newcomer 5 Comments
This supremely cute and atmospheric little café combines clean bright white with vibrant splashes of orange and green in a conservatory-like space (with leafy green plants and wooden benches) in a relaxing little oasis. The menu presents an impressively vast selection of drinks, including bubble teas, smoothies, traditional Vietnamese-style coffees and a few unusual-sounding hot teas. The artichoke tea is a surprise and a wonder: mellow and woody yet sweet. The fresh summer rolls are fairly gargantuan in size and packed to the limit with prawns, rice noodles and salad. Unfortunately the rest of the light bites we ordered – stuffed crab shell crispy spicy quail – were a little weak. But a whole different story began with the rest of the food. The simple but delicious crunchy Vietnamese salad is a triumph of fresh, fragrant crisp and sweet flavours and the Hanoi special bun (a mix of chicken, prawn and beef), is a fresh and vibrant mix of noodles and vegetables with crunchy slithers of onion, nuts and herbs. We’re looking forward to heading back.
Open daily 11am-11pm. Cash only. Goldcrest Executive, JLT (04 431 3099).
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