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Visited this place at lunch today with a friend for the first time. We had one lunch menu and a portion of chicken fried rice. First course came quickly, chilli squid. Always a favourite and the batter was nice and crisp, but the squid itself was rather too rubbery for my liking, and there were only 4 pieces. Chilli cabbage garnish was a little too spicy.
Mains were massive portions. Chicken rice was tasty if slightly bland. The chicken itself seemed reasonable quality though fairly sparse. The other dish wasn't really what we were expecting, the lunch menu was written by hand on the waiters notepad so description was a bit vague. I was expecting fried noodles with veg etc, but what we got was actually very pleasant. Cold rice noodles, raw salad veg and some deep fried tofu, beansprouts and a veg spring roll cut in 2. This was accompanied by a small bowl of what I thought was soup but was in fact very flavoursome sauce.
BYO with no corkage fee, so for the amount of food it was good value.
Atmosphere was ok when we got in and sat near the window and near the other only duo of diners, but it looks quite offputtingly dark and desolate when empty in the daytime, almost put ms off going in.
Waiter was fine, his English wasn't great but that's pretty standard in these Vietnamese cafes.
Good value, pleasant lunch, won't set the world on fire but would happily go back, possibly in the evening when it's busier. Meal for 2 with 2 mains and 1 starter and a soft drink was just under £16, excluding tip. We did leave one of the courses though!
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Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 7
Friday, November 22, 2013