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Song Que is one of the busiest Vietnamese canteens in the ’Ditch. Families & fashionistas overlook the dated decor & harsh lighting, concentrating instead on the house special pho packed with beef in various permutations – rare-sliced steak & well-done flank, or flank & tendon, for example. The menu is long (amounting to more than 170 dishes), yet low on thrills that can’t be found elsewhere on Kingsland Road. Give a wide berth to the dull-seeming Chinese dishes in favour of more vibrant green papaya salad, shredded pork & herbs in rice-paper wrappers, beef in betel leaf, or the noodle soups. As for the tipple of choice, a chilled Halida or Hue beer beats the flasks of Mateus Rosé any day. What Song Que lacks in finesse, it at least compensates for with the bill. A filling bowlful of pho will only set you back £7.70.


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  1. Published : Monday, 18 August 2014

    Eat-Live-London :: Sông Quê Café

    Real authentic Vietnamese food in the heart of East London. Kingsland road is flooded with Vietnamese restaurants, however there is one that stands out…literally people are standing outside the door waiting to get in. The menu is like a bible so make sure to order wisely. I would highly recommend the Pho Ga ( Ga meaning chicken) as this is my absolute favourite. The soup is fragrantly perfect, with the right noodle to chicken to broth ratio. Song Que Cafe is a must for any food lover...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 March 2014

    The Funky Truth :: It means ‘river country' apparently

    Well bugger me, I didn’t know if you turn left out of Liverpool Street Station and *keep* walking, past Pizza East as the road turns into Shoreditch High Street, it then flows into the renowned Kingsland Road, also known as the Vietnamese quarter. It never ceases to amaze me how close everywhere is in the East. Unless you happen to be my workmates, who live in the West. To them, places like Shoreditch and Hoxton are a million miles away, and to travel between them, you’d need some kind of mechanical horse-drawn cart.

    Rather than Mien Tay, where I once tried to mix the finest food this side of Ho Chi Minh with Guinness, tonight’s taste of Vietnam comes from the oft-mentioned Sông Quê, which, you’ll be pleased to know doesn’t mean “what song?” in pidgin Spanish. What it does mean is “attractively-packed no-frills noodle cafe” in Mike-speak. I could find the actual translation on Google but can’t be arsed (surely you can do that yourselves?)..
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Essential Details for Song Que

  • Address: 134 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8DY
  • Telephone: 020 7613 3222
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sun 12N-11pm

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