I come here for lunch pretty much once a week. The staff are extremely friendly and polite. And the spicy beef (or spicy chicken) with egg noodles,chilli & soy is great.
Context is important. If I was making a trek to get here, I might view things differently. But it's lunch in a box. And if I'm having a hard day, it definitely cheers me up.
Go for the Vietnamese coffee! In the summer you can sit outside too and the food menu is just as good as the coffees especially the pho and summer rolls
Located right on the center of Bermondsey Street, Caphe House has some of the best sidewalk seating in the area. Unfortunately I find their Vietnamese coffee to be too sickly sweet for my taste but the roast pork banh mi is generally pretty solid, especially for take away price of £4.50. The shop has an assortment of French and Vietnamese pastries as well as a good array of Asian ingredients to stock up on. Although Caphe house closes at 5, it provides a great casual location to grab a light bite and do some people watching.
After a Boris bike mishap that rendered us unable to find a docking station with free spaces anywhere near Borough Market we ended up in Bermondsey where I sniffed my way to Caphe House.
There are few things I like better than pho in the morning (it is, after all, a breakfast food for its Vietnamese creators) so I ordered a small bowl. As I tuked in, I immediately wished I had ordered a large bowl. I could have done without the bumpy, fatty chicken skin, but the broth was pleasantly savoury and I'd be happy to slurp this soup again.
The only time I really curse my coffee allergy is when I see someone sucking down a Vietnamese iced coffee. Let's just say I was ridiculously envious of my dining companion's beverage here.
Incongruously, Caphe House also serves char siu bao (Cantonese barbecue pork buns.) But they were pretty tasty so I can't complain really! All in all, I'd say SE1 dwellers have a solid spot in Caphe House.
Caphe House is a small and friendly cafe in the midst of bustling Bermondsey Street, snadwiched between the greasy spoon authenticity of Al's Cafe and the myriad of chi chi boutiques and uptheirownarse coffee emporia. A Viet cafe feels very gentrified for this very white working class area, but in ethos at least, it's nearer in style to the old Bermondsey than the new. The furniture is more discount than designer and they're not winning any awards for their decor. That being said, I'm not here for the view. They serve a selection of pho (noodle soup w selected meats), summer rolls and the object of my affections, the banh mi roll.
I went for the roast pork roll, served as a standard pre made white flour (rather than the traditional rice flour) half baguette with shredded pork. The thin slivers of cucumber and red chilli in the roll cancel each other out nicely and balance with the grated carrots in this spicy Vietnamese street treat, but the chilli vinegar is heavily cut with soy and too saltily strong. For £3.50 it's difficult to complain. They also do a good range of Vietnamese treats, noodles and pleasingly sell a number of authentic ingredients, just like mamma used to use. If every street had a Caphe House, we'd be in a much better (and spicier) place.
this place is pretty legit..ive come here several times for the chicken banh mi, chicken pho and summer rolls. I always order the small pho and regret not getting the large every single time. the broth is flavorful, the noodles plentiful, and veggies fresh. The chicken banh mi is nicely flavored as well.
For the price, you really cant beat it. and the vietnamese coffee? yumm!!
Upside: Vietnamese iced coffee, aloe drink.
Downside: closes by 5 o'clock and on Sundays.
To be fair most business do close on Sundays in London. Something I have yet to understand. It's as if Londoners dislike making money, I dunno.
Vietnamese coffee in Bermondsey...
Well slap my ass and call me caffeinated - it's a winner.
I decided to give this place another chance. This time i ordered the roast chicken egg noodles. Pretty good actually and tasted really fresh, probably cause of the cabbage. It was £6 for eat in and takeaway. i dont know why thy dont do different prices. it was pretty good though and the chicken was pretty flavorful. they should put beansprouts in it though. i just might come back and try other noodle dishes. the prices should really get knocked down a bit however.
This is really a cafe, so expect just that. Get coffee and nibble on a sandwich.
The spring rolls were good. Fresh, flavorful and veggie crunchy. Both the prawn spring rolls and shredded pork rolls score well.
The Banh Mi is OK. There's the shredded port Banh Mi, which was nice and spicy - but wasn't very generously stuffed. Then there's the special Banh Mi, which had more veggies - carrots/cucumbers, somewhat better.
Try the coffee, that was some gooood coffee. Unexpected.
An honest attempt at upping the game on quality would do them much good. Helpful patient staff, and generous sidewalk seating space are some other positives.
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Have a mentioned that I love Vietnamese? So it's a very good thing for me to have a decent and cheap Vietnamese Cafe in the neighborhood. I am talking about Caphe House in Bermondsey Street, which is a small and relaxed place offering Vietnamese baguette (Banh Mi), fresh spring roles, Pho and several rice and noodle dishes among others. And as the name promises Vietnamese coffee.
We went there for lunch and were pleasantly surprised:
We had chicken pho (5.20) which is conveniently served in 2 different sizes and is ideal also for take away and fresh summer roles (3) . Both dishes were nice and I enjoyed them, although they did not rock my world.
A slight disappointment was the vegetarian Bahn Mi lovely filling with salad, carrot, coriander, tofu and soy sauce came in a baguette that might have been crispy three days ago. shame!
I was consoled by the Vietnamese iced coffee I haven't had Vietnamese coffee since I had been in Vietnam so the taste took me back to the buzzing streets of Saigon.
The staff is quite friendly, even if one of the waitresses was in a very bad mood, but she was only unfriendly to her colleagues and not to me, so that's fine :)
I would not go out of my way to go there, but it definitely is a nice and cheap addition to Bermondsey Street. I am not so happy about their opening times though , they close at 5 during the week (4 on Saturday) which is just a couple of hours too early for me to have a pho on my home
I love eating eggs with toast here it's just the perfect breakfast to get me going for the day. The place is great for a local coffee shop. I also like to use it as a meeting point. There are some things that can be done better but let's not ruin the overall impression. I like it :)
Good food at reasonable prices, although not super authentic, portion sizes good and friendly service. A wide selection means you can come often without getting too bored. A warm bowl of pho is great on a cold day.
good find. I miss the cheap Vietnamese places back in Philly. I had spring rolls with rice vermicelli for £4 (small) - it was ok. was missing some sprigs of mint and bottles of fish sauce, hot sauce, an soy sauce on each table. but satisfying.
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