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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