Kingsland Road, aka The Great Pho Mile, is famous for its delicious Vietnamese restaurants. Restaurant after restaurant all the way down Kingsland Road, there are a number of choices. I am sure that everyone has their favourite one. Mine, is Tay Do Cafe.
Why? Well, I believe the tradition of the Pho Mile is the BYOB (bring your own booze) as well as the good food. Unfortunately all the restaurants on the road no longer allow the bring-your-own-booze policy, except for Tay Do. I like that they have continued this East London tradition – plus their food is fabulous and the menu is huge so there is something for everyone’s taste buds.
Yep, I am a huge fan. In fact, I am such a fan that I went twice this week. Once with Hayley, Kuda, and Jean for a girlie catch up dinner and the other time was for Charlotte’s birthday (with Tash, Astrid, Kate, Emma, and Renata).
Some of the starters that we had were:
Fresh Prawn Summer Rolls – These are my favourite! They taste so healthy and refreshing with vermicelli noodles, mint, coriander, spring onion, large prawns wrapped in a rice wrap. A signature Vietnamese dish!
Fried Spicy Squid – also delicious. They are fried with onions, red chilies, and spring onions and are very flavoursome.
Vegetable Spring Rolls.
The night of the girlie catch up, I had a bowl of Pho with thinly sliced beef. Pho is another signature Vietnamese dish. The beef stock takes hours to cook and it is boiling hot, then poured onto the flat white rice noodles and raw thin beef to cook them.
A side dish of bean sprouts, lime, mint, and chilies are presented for you to make the soup your own creation.
It is a fabulous dish for a cold rainy night to warm up your belly. (approximately £8 each)
On Charlotte’s birthday I ordered a lemon grass and beef bun – and yes it is another signature Vietnamese dish. This is a very refreshing dish for hot summery weather. It is dry vermicelli noodles with a lemon grass, onion, garlic, sliced beef stir fry on top and a sweet chili fish sauce on the side to pour over it. Once you pour the sauce over it, mix it all up with the stir fry, and voila! (approximately £9 each)
Tay Do Cafe – My pick of The Great Pho Mile!