Loong Kee Cafe

134 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 8DY - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7729 8344

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Overall 1.0
Food 1.0
Service 1.0
Atmosphere 1.0
Value 1.0
Based on 1 reviews

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The seats are so cramped together. I'd say that is very greedy of them in an effort to squeeze extra seats. Very hard to get in and out.

Another problem is that they do not hire enough waiters. It took ages for my table to get served. Whenever we wanted something, it's hard to get their attention, very frustrating, ruins the night. My friends and I pay money to get good food and service, not the case here. Reading the reviews here, I can see I am not the only frustrated customer.

Won't be coming back for sure.
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Nicola
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 1 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 1
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm still a fan of Loong Kee but I need to update my last review. Went back recently and had a bad experience. Restaurant was about a quarter full, including one party of about 10-12 people, with one waiter serving everyone - I don't know if that's a lot to deal with but I doubt it. Either way, we waited about 10 minutes without our order being taken or, more importantly, a drinks order being taken. I went up to the waiter and asked him - politely and without any attitude - if he could take our order when he was free. Well. That didn't go down very well. He was extremely off-hand after that, which isn't really acceptable since he wasn't doing his job very well in the first place and we shouldn't have been punished for that. My pho arrived - two types of beef in it - one was fine, one was utterly inedible (a thick gristly layer around it and strewn with fat).

It took the shine off what I thought was one of the better restaurants on the Kingsland strip, and I was staggered by his short-sightedness and rudeness.
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Wendy
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 4
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Great! Go here rather than the 'old faves' on Kingsland Road. Food just as good, if not better; service definitely better; atmosphere less hectic.
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wendy
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Friday, March 22, 2013

This is one of my favourite Vietnamese on kingsland rd. I recently went again and hang the salt and pepper squid, steam rolls (prawns) ... which is unique to this restaurant, and the hanoi fish. Amazing food. The rice came after the food which was a little annoying but overall I would definitly go back and its well worth the money. BYOB as well! :)

On the way out we got a flyer saying they deliver... we will try that next on a rainy day. Sweet!
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Mark Engles
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10
Friday, October 12, 2012

Fantastic food and friendly waiter :X definitely will come back.

Thumb up for the steamed rolls (banh cuon) ... the best in London I've ever tried!!
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Laura - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Monday, May 07, 2012

First time I've been to a Vietnamese. Went with two friends. Probably one of the best meals out ive had. The food was lush. Had Vietnamese special fried rice, satay prawns, goat (favourite dish), frogs legs (which were surprizingly tasty) and Vietnamese pancakes. All tasted amazing! Service was average. Only cost £18 each including desert. Love BYOB. Plus there were a lot of Asian customers which is always a good sign!

All in all i highly recommend this place as the food was superb. Had a great night and can't wait to go back!
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Jess - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9
Monday, May 07, 2012

Met some friends for some late dinner and sat down at 9:30 this evening.

Waiter took our orders immediately and provided us with the tea which we ordered.

During the hour we were there, several tables which were sat after us were served, whilst the waiters continued to tell us our food was on the way.

After the hour had passed, we had no choice but to move on elsewhere.

Terrible service. I shall not be visiting this restaurant ever again.
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Steph
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 0
Friday, January 13, 2012

First of all - to the reviewer below who doesn't have anything nice to say, are you the owner of the cafe you talk about in Canada Water?

My review: I work in the city and have popped into Loong Kee several times for lunch with colleagues. Lunch isn't their busy period, so the food was served quickly and the service was friendly.

I always go for the Banh Cuon (steamed rolls), best in London IMO. The portions are also huge, my colleagues loved the grilled meat & spring roll vermicelli, and the tangy chicken and prawn salad was appreciated all round.between the 4 of us we ordered 5 dishes and tea for everyone, the bill came to £36 :)

this place has been around for years, I'd recommend anyone there, trust me, I'm Vietnamese ;)
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London Viet Chick
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10
Monday, December 12, 2011

Last weekend saw our little supper club 9 strong and heading over to Hackney for a Saturday night feast at Loong Kee. After a couple of beers at The Dove, which was a very pleasant pub and comes highly recommended, we wandered a couple of minutes down the road to the brightly lit restaurant. Fortunately we had taken the precaution of booking because at 8.30pm Loong Kee was absolutely heaving.

It was all hustle and bustle, and fairly chaotic, but we were soon found a table in the basement area (like a lot of basement rooms this one had a bit of a musty whiff about it which the owners had tried to ward off with incense - not so bad that it would put you off your dinner but worth noting if you have a sensitive nose). Menus and jugs of tap water soon arrived as did glasses for the beer and wine we had brought with us; no corkage charge here if bring your own.

Service was friendly if a bit hit and miss all night, but we kind of expected that on a very busy Saturday night. You might need to work on catching the eye of passing staff if you want to order or they have forgotten any dishes.

Various different starters were ordered and most were met with nods and smiles of approval. I particularly liked the soft shelled crab with salt and chilli which went down a treat. I ordered 12 of the pork and shrimp steamed rolls, a classic Vietnamese dish of stuffed steamed rice batter, which I shared with the group. Now these were certainly not to everyone's taste, but when teamed up with the accompanying dipping sauce I thought they were very tasty and I would recommend that you give them a try.

By now the wine was flowing and conversations were getting louder and more heated throughout the restaurant; all good fun if you are with a group but I would probably give Loong Kee a bit of a wide berth if you are looking for a romantic Saturday night supper.

Without too much of a wait our mains began arriving in a fairly random and haphazard fashion. No worries though as we were all in a very good mood by this point in the evening and we tucked into anything and everything that arrived. My main of the Hanoi Grilled Fish was a real winner; crispy, full of flavour and pretty authentic - I liked this dish a lot. B had the duck which was tasty, had been well cooked and was just the right shade of pink. Various different noodle and rice combinations were tried and all seemed to go down very well.

When the time came to pay the bill we were all more than happy to stump up our share. The starters and mains are all very reasonably priced and if you bring your own wine you will have the pleasure of a very cheap, very tasty supper. It's not somewhere I would recommend for a special occasion but it's a great place to eat with a bunch of pals at the weekend or for a quieter experience, come and fill your boots with quality Vietnamese cuisine on a mid-week evening.
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Nunhead Neil
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Great food and excellent value
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 10
Saturday, October 15, 2011


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