Competition is fierce among Vietnamese restaurants hereabouts, but Cay Tre more than holds its own. A long-overdue refurb has brightened up the cosy interior – pink and yellow walls with a cool bamboo motif are a big improvement on the café-like surrounds of old – and the menu has been tidied up, too. ‘Small eats' such as peerless chilli salt squid, crispy Devon crab rolls or ‘cha la lot' pork dumplings hit the spot, while keenly priced mains rarely disappoint, whether it's a rich lamb-neck red curry, deliciously sticky braised Mekong catfish or the ever-reliable range of pho (noodle soup). There's a ‘lovely vibe' at street level, or you can chill out in the calm basement. Language problems are not unknown, although readers are quick to praise the ‘excellent' service. The concise, helpful wine list is another plus.
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