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  • “I loved the banh mi and I think it's the best that I've eaten so far (though I haven't been to Vietnam yet, I'll admit).” in 9 reviews

  • “Keu are in the same stable as Cay Tre and Viet Grill, specialising in these crusty sticks of yum.” in 5 reviews

  • “The baguette squishes seductively in your mouth and is full of luscious meat, coriander, peppers, and yum all over.” in 8 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    9/7/2014
    2 check-ins here

    Come here if you want delicious Viet banh mi with fillings like:
    Kimchi BBQ Pork
    Xiu Mai Meatballs
    Crispy Pork Belly
    Spicy Roast Duck

    Baguettes are £5.95
    Box (With Jasmine Rice) £7.50

    The waitstaff are slightly... stroppy... But the food is delicious and cheap.

  • 4.0 star rating
    18/5/2014

    Classic banh mi on brown bread. YUM.  Rich thin slices of pork with all the trimmings.  I love all the veg and coriander that really lightens the fattiness of the pork.  Excellent sandwich.

    We also tried the duck.  It was good but a bit too heavy.  Ok sandwich but I wouldn't get it again.

    One drawback is the price.  Two sandwiches cost more than £12. Eek!

  • 2.0 star rating
    10/3/2014
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Eat, Eat, Eat

    I went there with a friend for a quick lunch, hoping to find a really nice place. We found a couple of good seats in the front of the restaurant. We took a look at the menu written on the board and we were ready to order. We wanted to try a couple of mains and duck rolls to share. Well, what can I say when we tried to place my order? the waitress was in another world. She made a mistake with the order twice, she forgot to order the rolls (and she didn't do anything about that later, not even apologize). So we had to order again. I never had this kind of experience with a waiter/waitress before (and I had been myself waitress for a couple of years!). It was unbelievable.

    We got our food (finally). The duck rolls were OK, a little bit salty, but tasty enough. I ordered 'Chicken Katsu with new potatoes and lemongrass'. Not a big deal really. I had it better, but I was really hungry so I didn't complain. My friend ordered 'Roast Meats' (served with roast duck, crispy pork belly and char siu roast pork with seasonal steamed greens on rice). Apparently, it was better than mine (she was really happy with it!).

    Maybe I should have tried the famous 'Banh Mi' (Vietnamese baguette), but I'm not really sure if it will be a next time.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/12/2013

    Got the classic Keu. The bread and the ingredients in the sandwich were high quality-  I could tell that the meat, herbs and veg were all decent.

    Like other people noted, the Bahn Mi is under-seasoned. I like sandwiches with big flavours that push umami and saltiness to the edge. So to armchair chef (cuz it's Yelp), I think the vegetables need to be pickled slightly longer and I'd up the amount of fish sauce or nuoc mam sprinkled on the sandwich.

    I'll will likely go back since I want to try a few other menu items. Most likely in the the long run I'll stick to making my own bahn mi when I can (try the Momufuku cookbook recipe for a good one). I will however copy the bread used by Keu! as I thought it worked really well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/8/2013

    Everyone comes here for the lovely Bahn Mi, but what they're really good at too is the Mixed Roast with Rice. Takeaway nets you more lovely Roast Duck, Pork Belly and Barbecue Pork with Pak Choi and rice. For some reason, eating in I always seemed to get a smaller portion. The chilli oil and Hoi Sin sauce are given in little pots and I always make the effort to ask for more which the staff are usually happy to oblige.

    The Bahn Mi is very good. Crispy baguette, lots of tasty salad and your choice of mackerel, pork belly, barbecue pork, duck and more. Finally the hot vietnamese coffee is served nicely in a special pot and tastes divine. There are many Vietnamese restaurants in Shoreditch and Keu is actually owned by the same people that run Cay Tre and Viet Grill, but it's testament to the diversity of each business that each offers something unique and Keu is no exception.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/4/2013
    5 check-ins here
    Listed in Hoxton, Old Street Tube

    It does not surprise me that Keu & Cay Tre are the same institution.

    Why?

    Because they are both kinda 3-stars. Super average, tough totally AOK. All of the right elements (service, hot food, clean, fast), but are lacking that extra little sumpin' sumpin'.

    So, no 4th, or even 5th star.

    Why? The flavor. Everything I've had at Cay Tre is pretty bland (separate review to follow, of course). I thought Keu might be a bit different (bahn mi -- so easy! so fresh! so much flavor!), so last night we popped in for a few sandwiches, a steamed pork bun and some duck summer rolls, ginger beer and a VIet Iced Coffee.

    The Iced Coffee was the best out of the bunch!

    First, 1.50 for the Steamed Pork Bun is am abomination. It was falling apart, really small, and really boring. 50p max for the quality, max.

    The duck summer rolls were AOK. Nothing special, but the dipping sauce good. No issues there.

    I had the kimchi BBQ pork bahn mi, and he had the Roast Duck. Mine was annoying in that the meat in a banh mi sandwich should be shredded so it doesn't all fall out while you are chewing through the baguette. Mistake 1. Mistake 2: between the strong flavor of kimchi and BBQ pork, it somehow resulted in zero flavor. I'm not even sure how this is possible, but it is. My pal-husband-friend agreed on his. All in all, filling -- but not overly exciting or something where I'd be rushing back. Almost felt like fast food or something...

    So there you have it. Will try to check out Banh Mi 11 next time we've got a craving and see how that goes, but I'll probably be ending my lukewarm love affair with Cay Tre/Keu after last night. Just so blah.

    Except for a Viet coffee...except for that. Yum.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/3/2014

    Crispy pork belly sandwich was yummy. Quick and cheap food before u go party to Shoreditch! Very nice staff and interior!

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/3/2013 Updated review

    Really great crispy fresh bread and tasty fillings. A bit overpriced for me as I am used to giant banh mi's 2-3 dollars back in the states but overall a decent sandwich if you are in the area.

    BBQ PorkLemongrass infused Pork Loin with Daikon and Coriander

    3.0 star rating
    12/3/2013 Previous review
    Really great crispy fresh bread and tasty fillings. A bit overpriced for me as I am used to giant… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    20/6/2011

    This place has great and quite indulgent sandwiches with loads of spice. I'm convinced that each sandwich has a full red chilli in it... seeds and all. But for me, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The BBQ mackerel and BBQ pork sandwiches are my favourites. They are hearty meals that will leave you full for hours. Not bad for a fiver.

    I would have given 4 stars, but a few of the sandwiches are full of fat - in particular the duck and pork belly are 70% fat and 30% meat. I know they tend to be fattier meats, but their ratio is just a joke. If like me you're not a fan of the fatty taste and texture stick with the BBQ sandwich varieties.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/5/2011
    10 check-ins here

    Cute shop!

    They sell a variety of Vietnamese dry goods as well, such as ramen and viet mayo and such.

    I had a Char Siu bahn mi... it was really good. The pork was sweet, salty and just enough fatty (I don't like too much fat). The hot peppers had a LOT of kick, so I took one out, then it was perfect! Crusty, but not too hard baguette, crunchy daikon and cucumber, succulent meat, some chilli heat, and corriander = a really tasty bahn mi! If you work or live in the area, definitely check this place out. There have some seats, but this place is mostly take-away.

    Cash only!!!!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    1/10/2012
    1 check-in here

    I'm bang-on with Lizzie. It's nice. The bread is really nice, and some of the bits are, but for my money bahn mi should be small and fast and packed with flavour while these are big and slow and a bit... underwhelming.

    The baguette is really nice, though. And the condiments. I suspect that in upsizing the sandwich to justify the £5.50 average price, they've got the balance wrong.

    Which is a shame.

    If you're in the hood, hid them up.

  • 3.0 star rating
    3/11/2011
    1 check-in here

    I have a thing for Vietnamese food. Something about the contrast in flavors.

    Great Banh Mi, the bread was really crisp, almost too crisp for me but the radishes and carrots that offset the duck was great.  No mayo needed.

    Coffee was a little weak for Vietnamese coffee standards.  

    Small, hip deli, sold japanese mayo and these things yelp.co.uk/biz_photos/5k….  They have them in itty bitty containers on the counter for 1.50 but really why bother.  Get the whole bag for 3.50. It's totally worth it!

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/5/2011
    1 check-in here

    I've never been to Vietnam, but in London it's still possible to consume a lot of bahn mi and Viet iced coffee. So for London, I think I'm quite the expert. I liked Kêu! Their shop is so sleek and cute with a great seating area and a very colourful menu. The service can't be faulted but... and this is a big BUT, when it comes to their food I've had better.

    The pork bahn mi (the classic I always try to go for first) was really fatty and lacking in real chilli. I loved their pickled veg and the bread was nice but seemed less fresh than other places I've had. Also, they weren't very generous with the coriander. Never a good start. Saying that, I did enjoy it and as the surroundings are so lovely I'll probably will be back. They also have a really extensive menu so I really want to try the other yummies on the menu.

    They dod breakfast sarnies which I can't wait to go back and try and I think they'd be a lovely quick dinner spot in the area. It was a little pricey, but now that bahn mi is all the rage, I suppose that's expected, £7+ for a sarnie and coffee.

    As for the coffee, I asked for it in a certain way, 'strong and sweet' - this means it should have a lovely mocha colour with ice cubes bobbing in the top. Here it was a little to dairy for me, more like my skin on a beach in Malta, whitey-beige. Still nice and refreshing but I've had a lot better in London. Keep up the good work Kêu! you're getting there.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/3/2011 Updated review

    Just got back from lunch here and am wanting to go back!  The Banh Mi sandwiches are so freakin' tasty!  The baguette squishes seductively in your mouth and is full of luscious meat, coriander, peppers, and yum all over.  The smoothies are also awesome, spring rolls are nice n big, and duck on rice came with plenty of foul, veg and rice.  Fantastic flavors, friendly staff, cheap prices, quick service and sitting areas if you want to eat in.  

    Sitting by the large front window for people watching is always great in Shoreditch, and they have some newspapers if you feel like educating yourself during lunch.

    5.0 star rating
    29/3/2011 Previous review
    Just got back from lunch here and am wanting to go back! The Banh Mi sandwiches are so freakin'… Read more
  • 5.0 star rating
    26/4/2011
    2 check-ins here

    From the same group that brought you Cay Tre and Viet Grill, Keu is a most welcome addition to the Vietnamese hotpot that is Old Street. The banh mi classic I had here was amazing with just the right amount of tasty tasty pate. I found the baguette nice and crunchy, in spite of my being there in the evening, when you'd expect bread would have been much harder by then.

    I tend to find Vietnamese coffee incredibly sweet, even when I've opted for the iced option (which has the effect of diluting the coffee as it melts), but, this wasn't too sweet at all, and, in fact, tasted pretty good.

    Staff were nice and smiley, and there was a fair amount of seats, as well as assorted copies of The Times for your reading pleasure.

    I'm definitely coming back. I loved the banh mi and I think it's the best that I've eaten so far (though I haven't been to Vietnam yet, I'll admit).

  • 3.0 star rating
    22/9/2012

    Sort of underwhelming. On the expensive side. Good amount of chilli heat in the Banh Mi, but the balance of flavours in the slightly undersized sandwich felt a little off - a little too hammy and not quite herbal enough with unexpected vegetables seemed mainly to be there to add bulk.

    That said, the bite of my friend's Kimchi Banh Mi that I had tasted amazing (even if not significantly hotter, despite what the little chilli icons on the menu promised). I like anything with Kimchi, though, so I am not a reliable source.

    The iced green tea is a nice addition, and very good - but, considering the price and the relative cost of doubling the serving, they could have doubled the serving.

    So: it's OK and the decor is pleasant but I wouldn't make another detour to get to it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/3/2013

    Very good Bahn Mi. I ordered the Duck option and being a huge Peking Duck obsessor, this protein for me was a gamble in England. The duck meat though was moist, not dry, and flavorful enough for my sandwich. The baguette was nicely toasted and the experience itself was affordable and a nice casual option from a lot of the other restaurants in the area. True to many Vietnamese bahn mi spots in America, the atmosphere was super relaxed for a quick eat, but inviting enough for a sit down to merit a heavier fare. I saw someone eating a grilled fish dish which looked super legit and had me eating with my eyes on the way out. The only drawback is during the busy hours, possibly avoid sitting by the counter because people will bump you as you eat. Bummer.

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/5/2013
    1 check-in here

    Amazing BBQ Pork Banh Mi - Lemongrass infused Pork Loin with Daikon and Coriander. Perfectly cooked pork within a perfectly crisped bread (that won't tear your mouth apart). Reasonably priced - remember you are in London and it is a big city, you're not getting the $3 amazing Banh Mi you find in a smaller city somewhere else in the world.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/12/2011

    The classic Banh Mi comprises of a baguette with spiced belly of pork, ham terrine and chicken liver pate. Add in some herbs and sliced chilies, cucumber to add a refreshing balance and you are set! The pate was smooth and creamy and each meat portion were beautifully balanced yet definable. The baguette itself though apparently not exactly the same you get from vietnam according to my Viet friend but was still good enough for me. We were both happy eating away.

    Pork meatballs and mushroom on rice £5.5
    We just couldn't resist ordering this too and the meatballs tasted very home made with a tender and soft texture. The duck rolls and prawn salad were satisfying snacks/side

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/5/2013
    2 check-ins here

    A lot of the reviews here were pretty circumspect but I actually thought the sandwich was pretty good. The bread in particular was crisp and fresh. I got the pork/kimchi combo and although bbq and kimchi isn't a perfect taste combination I did enjoy their separate deliciousness, although what is kimchi doing in a Vietnamese sandwich in the first place?. My friend had her first Vietnamese sandwich experience here, she was somewhat dubious but was back for more within a week so I'm glad to have secured another convert!

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/6/2011
    2 check-ins here

    Frou frou vietnamese sandwich place. It's modernly designed so I guess you pay the price for it. It's prolly 8 pounds for a sandwich. Yikes! I love my Banh Mis so this was a great find even tho it was kinda pricey.

    Bonus points for letting me add an egg to my Banh Mi. haha

  • 3.0 star rating
    24/6/2011

    3.5*

    If your seriously having an itch for Asian Vietnamese food, and some how want to try a Vietnamese sandwich this place ain't so bad...

    The sandwiches is probably as authentic as it comes in the U.K. I tried they banh mi which had all the flavors of a Vietnamese sandwich, the pork (a little fatty), cilantro, carrots, white daikon, and pate..

    A modern look to the place in the hip Hoxton neighborhood.

    8 pounds for a sandwich.. it is a little pricey for my taste for a Vietnamese sandwich.

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/4/2011

    Like Cay Tre (or London-style Vietnamese food in general) but strapped for time at lunch? Cross Old Street and visit the latest venture from Hugh Trung Bui (of Cye Tre and Viet Grill fame) - Kêu Banh Mi Deli!

    Specialising in banh mi (Vietnamese baguette sandwiches), Kêu offers a delicious variety of moreish sandwiches and Southeast Asian street food options for a quick dine in or takeaway. I LOVED the Kêu Sandwich (classic): the bread was actually gorgeous (good enough to rave about on its own) and the filling of spiced pork belly, ham terrine and chicken liver pate, fresh herbs and mayo will have me queuing up again to drop a very reasonable £4.50 to get stuffed again. There's a good range of drinks, lunch boxes, salads and soups. The setting is simple but attractive and comfortable enough.

    Solid, affordable, delicious lunch (so, yeah, expect to wait behind other folks with the same cravings if you go round lunchtime)  this place is a winner and a very welcome addition to the Shoreditch Vietnamese restaurant scene.

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    4.0 star rating
    13/12/2011

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    The classic Banh Mi comprises of a baguette with spiced belly of pork, ham terrine and chicken liver pate. Add in some herbs and sliced chilies, cucumber to add a refreshing balance and you are set! The pate was smooth and creamy and each meat portion were beautifully balanced yet definable. The baguette itself though apparently not exactly the same you get from vietnam according to my Viet friend but was still good enough for me. We were both happy eating away.
    Pork meatballs and mushroom on rice £5.5
    We just couldn't resist ordering this too and the meatballs tasted very home made with a tender and soft texture. The duck rolls and prawn salad were satisfying snacks/sides.

  • 2.0 star rating
    6/7/2012

    I had high hopes for this deli since they're close to me and I constantly crave banh mis, but unfortunately, my search for the best banh mi in London continues.

    First of all, the baguettes are overpriced. I figure in London, Vietnamese banh mis aren't super well known or popular, so they can charge £5 or more for a sandwich, but I've been to another Vietnamese cafe in Bank and their sandwiches are better (though still not fantastic) and cheaper.

    As for how the food tastes, everything I ordered is overly salty and stuffed with raw onions. Banh mis aren't supposed to have raw onion, or even pickled onions, and they should be spicy. Usually with chili peppers and then chili sauce.

    I got the crispy pork belly sandwich and the duck spring/summer rolls and both meats were super salty. Both jam packed with raw onions and/or raw spring onions and/or raw chives.

    It seems that they're trying to veer toward a non traditional Vietnamese cuisine, but even then, it doesn't work.

    Their other restaurant, Viet Grill is good, however.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/2/2012
    5 check-ins here

    I have to say, baguettes have ground me down to the point of absolute indifference.  Other than the Steak Americain (baguette stuffed steak hache and chips.  Maybe some token salad too), I find baguettes to be wholly unfulfilling and quite often bland.  However, after recently discovering banh mi (yeah yeah, I'm slow), they're coming back into favour.

    Keu are in the same stable as Cay Tre and Viet Grill, specialising in these crusty sticks of yum.  In the window of the small shop, next to the stacks of baguettes, hangs a glazed slab of roast pork, something which my eyes just can't help but be fixated by, like cats staring at a pendulum, or Ganondorf at a fishing rod.  The interior of the cafe is cute and modern (basically the opposite of Mien Tay) with a bar-stool type seating.  

    The menu is concise and simple - I went for the lemongrass BBQ pork.  The baguettes are a decent size and nicely presented, packed full of herbs, cucumber and some potent raw chilli slices.  The banh mi are full of flavour and crunch, and the baguettes are just right - nice and crusty on the outside, soft on the inside but not soggy at all.  My pork was nicely flavoured with a distinct flavour that reminds me of satay marinade.  We also had some cold duck rolls which were fairly big with a generous helping of duck.  I thought the wrapping was a bit on the thick side, but yummy nonetheless.  Only two gripes: one was that one of the servers was a bit rude towards my friend when she ordered a Vietnamese coffee.  Secondly, that although the place opens at 9am, they don't start serving banh mi until lunchtime.  Ok, I'm among a minority who'd eat this sort of thing for breakfast, but at the same time I'd quite like to take one to work with me - I guess they cook the meat in the morning.  They're also closed on Sundays.

    I'm quite happy to shell out £5 for a banh mi and I am seriously conflicted: if they had one in South Ken, I'd get one for lunch most days.  On the other hand, that'd deplete my bank account in record time.  In any case, these days I'm just a little bit sadder when I sit down to lunch with my soggy, limp, bland, £2.01 Imperial College baguette.

  • 3.0 star rating
    19/11/2012

    This first time I had bahn mi at Keu was the first time I'd had bahn mi ever, and I thought it was amazing. Unfortunately, on my two return trips to Keu I was never quite satisfied the way I was originally. For the record the sandwiches are quite small for how expensive they are. I've tried both the orignal and the duck bahn mi. I'm not a fan of coriander/cilantro though, so maybe bahn mi and I were just not meant to be.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/9/2011

    Tried the BBQ mackerel lunch box. Delicious fish - looked like it had been marinated in something quite tasty. Not bone-free, but mackerel bones aren't too hard to deal with. If getting a lunch box to take away, I'd recommend bringing a plastic bag - the juices from the non-rice portion will leak out and eventually cause the bottom of the supplied paper bag to go soggy and eventually break off. Be warned that they're a bit more expensive than advertised on the website or on the printed menu (seems to be an extra 50p on everything). Staff aren't particularly friendly or polite, but are efficient and professional.

  • 5.0 star rating
    6/9/2011

    Honestly the best sandwich I've had in London (so far....) and far and away the best classic Bahn Mi. Crisp, fresh bread with the classic fatty, spicy, fragrant bahn mi ingredient mix. I was shocked how much I liked it. I'm a bit confused with some of the reviews claiming it to be £8 a sandwich, I paid £5 only a month or so ago.

    Annoying 50p card charge.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/9/2011
    3 check-ins here

    Possibly my new favourite place for lunch, a sort of Asian fast food place - I am hoping that by not going there too much I won't get too sick of the food as I really do like it. The queues can look daunting but don't last for too long.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/10/2011

    Delicious, fantastic bread and pate. Good for when you don't want or have time for a meal.

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    3.0 star rating
    15/9/2011

    Cheap and cheerful lunch but not the food highlight I had hoped for especially after reading the previous reviews. It's definitely a nice addition to East End's Vietnam Town with its contemporary, slick interior but my BBQ chicken banh mi didn't convince me. Maybe I should have tried the mackerel one instead.maybe next time.

    • Qype User melody…
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    5.0 star rating
    26/6/2011

    I know Banh Mi and that was pretty damn good! I'm just waiting to get hungry again and I'll be out my door.

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