Cay Tre

301 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC1V 9LA - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7729 8662

Cay Tre Restaurant In London
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Overall 7.0
Food 8.0
Service 6.0
Atmosphere 6.0
Value 8.0
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Went back again after a fair while. Lunch menu is fairly good value, well what I ordered was today. Food seems to arrive within 3 mins of drinks which is great at lunch, though evenings its a bit longer..

It was Mum's Birthday and thought I would treat us as we haven't been for lunch for ages.

The extensive lunch menu is slightly overwhelming, but I finally selected Mekong Catfish. Served in a clay bowl in which the waiter ignites some gel around it so it bubbles and boils at the table for a few minutes. I have never tasted catfish before and get the impression its not the sort of thing you eat in minimalist style with just lemon and oil.

That was not really a negative as the fish and sauce was amazing, unctuous sweet sticky spicy and complimenting the fish which had almost like a salmon texture with a whiter fish. I saw Meekong Catfish in SE Asia a lot and they looked so ugly I was not brave enough to try it. Glad I did, but the sauce added a lot. It came with a bowl of rice and there were 3 large pieces of fish. Could easily feed two of me!

My companion had a chicken and mushroom stirfry dish with rice and plenty of veg, though the sauce wasnt quite as interesting as the catfish one.

Had 4 beers, that to be honest didnt touch the sides as they were tiny but did the job absorbing this hearty lunch. I would have liked a few veg in with the fish but I guess I could easily have ordered a side. Have to say the sides on the lunch menu looked tempting.

Lovely lunch, though it can be cramped when v busy, which thankfully it wasnt and another minor is the downstairs is a bit dingy for my liking. I am marking 6 for staff purely because after the initial order I always had to struggle to summon them rather then regularly checking if we needed drinks etc. They always acted in a timely manner when I asked for anything though.So...Still very fond of this place...Lunch Menu is best value which is what my 8 refers to, evening slightly less so.
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Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Had a dish from the lunch menu that I hadn't tried before. The price was slightly steep. It was approx 3 king prawns and the same of squid, with some standard veg like carrots, onions and mange tout; as well as some more obscure veg, Chinese celery which didn't taste like celery at all (quite a good thing as I dislike cooked celery) and a thing that looked like sliced green apple, had the texture of cucumber but no seeds in the middle, and not much taste! It was served on a large bed of rice, most of which I left. The seafood was perfectly cooked, squid tender but there wasn't much flavour in the sauce. I had to add some chilli sauce and dip things in it. I liked it overall though. It also had a pork broth with betal leaf on the side which was exceptionally flavoursome.
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Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5
Friday, June 28, 2013

Still loving cay tre after all these years, though prices have edged up somewhat to the point it's not such a regular for me. Though it's busy round Lunch me and Mum still could chat easily. Evening slightly more boisterous crowds make it hard to do this though. Service more efficient than Viet Grill, and the chilli squid was lovely, tender, with crunchy light batter. Could have done with a few more for 8.50 or there abouts. Love the water spinach and regretted not taking what we didn't eat of it home. Slightly odd situation at the end when we asked for the lid for our bottle of 3/4 full sparking water as Mum wanted to take it home. The waitress came back with the bottle; a wodge of bog roll, encased in cling film in a slim sausage shape crammed into the top where said lid was supposed to be! We giggled and hasten to say, left the water. Apart from that service was fine, no complaints on food and the lunch menu is good value if you like noodles, pho etc which I don't really, but I love the vong fish and I guess that does have noodles in it now I think about it.
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Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6
Friday, October 26, 2012

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