Khoai Cafe (Crouch End)

6 Topsfield Parade, Crouch End, London, N8 8PR - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8341 2120

Overall 6.3
Food 6.0
Service 8.0
Atmosphere 6.0
Value 5.0
Based on 1 reviews

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I used to like this place a lot, but it has become more expensive and the quality has declined so it is no better than average now. Far better Vietnamese food is available elsewhere in London.
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Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

This place has really went down hill. I have been coming here over the last 5 years and the service and food quality has deteriorated a lot over this time.

I agree with the other reviews - the staff are disinterested and sometimes rude. They are not helpful.

I notice the restaurant is not as busy as before. I am not surprised.

Has management changed? If they do not address these issues of food and service it is likely it will continue to be quieter.
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Colincyc - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3
Sunday, October 07, 2012

One of our favourite local Crouch End eateries, eaten there easily a dozen times in the past year. Of the reviews below, I agree the service isn't as friendly or fluffy as it could be - a couple of times I've had to re-ask for a glass of tap water, but they're often reeeeally busy and so it's easily forgiven. And why are they busy? Because of the yummy food served at a resonable price! Tried a lot of their dishes - mainly the noodles, soup noodles and specials on the back page - favourites include prawn bun sa; bun thit nuong (sizzling pork with vermicelli and salads); bun cha gio (mini spring rolls on vermicelli, salads and dipping sauce) and, of course, pho.... MMMMM. Topped off with vietnamese beers or jasmine tea, we really like it!
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9
Thursday, October 04, 2012

Unfortunately my review of this place is overall negative. I ordered the prawn Bun Hue (being a pescatarian) and quarter of the way in to the dish (which actually had a horrible layer of oil which started to solidify quite quickly), I noticed bits of beef in the broth. I spoke with the waiter who informed me that all of their broths were made with chicken and beef (but had omitted to tell me that when ordering). He told me that as a vegetarian, it was my responsiblity to ask whether any food I ordered was meat free. I advised him that the menu didn't specify that the broth contained meat and he directed me to the back page of the menu where there was an asterix stating what he said (but no asterix next to the dish I ordered from the menu). He continued to be rude and not very apologetic or accomodating.

I ordered the prawn mango salad instead which was actually really delicious (and my two friends also enjoyed their food) but when the bill came he had charged for the Bun Hue. I argued my point over and over again and he remained that it was my fault. In the end I said I would pay for half of the Bun Hue and he walked off in a grump. We all left the restaurant feeling like the situation could have been handled a lot better!
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Freya M
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 7 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 6
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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