Vy Nam Cafe
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Mon-Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Mon-Sun 17:00 - 23:00
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6 reviews in English
Review from Katie B.
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Was really in the mood for some pho and randomly spotted Vy Nam while driving through Finchley Central so decided to stop and check it out. I ran in to see if they did take aways and they did, plus the fact is smelt devine and the staff were so friendly and welcoming meant I immediately knew I was buying dinner here.
Between the two of us we had a prawn pho, a beef in black bean sauce and a noodle dish with chicken plus some summer rolls (yes, we're pigs!)
They packed everything up beautifully (beware the pho, it does spill very easily as my poor flip-flopped foot found out in the car) and away we went.
I'll admit it was very late by the time we got home and I wolfed my food down at the speed of light, but everything was as delicious as I knew it'd be. This will now be my number one stop for good Vietnamese food in north London!
Review from Jhenn S.
Fresh and tasty. Spicy vegetables and noodles. My favourite things! Great when I want a hot bowl of noodles, the staff is really friendly and they let you just sit and relax and chat. I love bringing friends here because it's close by without having to go to East London. Just across from Finchley Central tube station, it's fantastic to have a great Vietnamese place in North London!
Spicy noodle soup and veggie curry.
Review from Qype User (neil_d…)
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- Qype User neil_d…
N3 isn't exactly the sort of area to which people make food pilgrimages. There are some 'solid' options - Two Brothers, various Turkish grills - but something worthy of a specific journey to Finchley Central? Probably not. However, the newly opened Vy Nam may just change that.
Authentic? No idea. Tasty, excellent value, fresh & vibrant and smiley? Oh hell yes. Having never been to Vietnam, I can't comment on the 'authenticity' but I can comfortably say Vy Nam trumps everything I've tried on Kingsland Road and the soft shell crab would hold its own against similar offerings from some Michelin-starred Asian restaurants.
Some unusual choices - char grilled goat for example - dot the menu, the expected dishes - summer rolls, papaya salads, etc - are excellent and zingy, and the 12 hour pho is a deep flavoured triumph and packed with decent chunks of protein. The only slight misfire on our second visit was a slightly underpowered (to these spice-addicted taste buds) curry. It was still good though and the service and setting are both charming enough to make such niggles almost irrelevant. I am, frankly, utterly delighted that it's in my neck of the woods but would also happily travel an hour or more to get there. Go. Soon.
Review from Howard T.
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Although this place has gained somewhat of a following since it opened and makes the overblown claim of serving the best Vietnamese food in London I was disappointed. I really wanted to love it as I sat there waiting for my takeaway, but for me it never got any better than average. My wife suggested it might be the dishes we picked but with 2 starters, 2 mains, a vegetable side and a rice I would've hoped to have stumbled across something a little less bland than we got. The soft shell crab starter was nice but I've definitely had better in numerous other places, the steamed Vietnamese buns were nothingy except for the pork sprinkled on top, I do mean nothingy too they had virtually nothing in them. The curry just tasted of re constituted curry powder and wasn't even hot. The prices too were extortionate for a takeaway at £38 for what we ordered. I would pay that happily if the standard of food came up to what VyNam and other reviewers would have you believe, unfortunately it just doesn't and I won't be bothering with them again.
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Review from Qype User (daniel…)
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Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
This restaurant exhibits very nice combinations of deep- and stir-frying as well as curry combinations. For example: the soft-shell crab starter is perfectly cooked, and surrounded with western onions and salad-onion (scallion) tops that have been stir-fried with garlic, peppers, etc with a high level of skill.