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While Kingsland Road's Vietnamese canteens are packing them in, this family-run restaurant a mile or so east is very much the smart diner's choice. Green Papaya hasn't changed much since opening in
2000, and the interior wouldn't win any design awards, but the combination of cracking food and gratifyingly low prices continues to attract in-the-know locals, enthusiastic visitors and patrons
from the revamped Hackney Empire up the road. While bowls of steaming pho have become synonymous with the country's cuisine, the iconic noodle soup is merely a bit player here, with stir-fries and
slow-braised dishes taking centre stage. Summer rolls, banh-xeo pancakes and spicy salads are exemplary, but also check out ‘new dishes' such as smoked tofu with asparagus or stewed beef shin with
carrot and rice wine. To drink, order an ice-cold Vietnamese beer.
we booked a dinner table for nine at green papaya, mare street branch. this is going to be an interesting review to write because the restaurant actually belongs to mY uncle! i’ve tried to be unbiased here but let’s be honest now, if the food wasn’t any good, he wouldn’t have mY support! they’ve just opened a new branch on kingsland road as well, be sure to check it out.we ordered an array of starters but unfortunately, being a ma (our family name) meant that we’re really hungry people and so i didn’t get a chance to take pictures of them all. i did manage to take pictures of the beef (medium rare) salad and...
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