A successful rendering of Vietnamese street food in a canteen-like Soho setting, Cay Tre packs in the punters and makes regular appearances on the capital's best-on-a-budget lists – thanks to its restrained menu of ‘light', ‘fresh', great-value dishes. The long, well-lit, monochrome dining room sets black tables and modern lighting against unadorned white walls – a clean-lined simplicity that's echoed in the food. Fans insist that this place ‘has Vietnamese cooking down pat', and it's hard to disagree: standout dishes range from classic beef pho and fragrant Vietnamese summer rolls to crisp and crunchy sweet potato fritters packed with herbs or a rich, sweet/sour curry of melt-in-the-mouth butterfish in spiced coconut and tamarind sauce. Service is brisk but friendly, cocktails are fun, and the carefully chosen wine list complements the heat and spice of the food.
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