It’s the perfect match for something ‘fresh, creative and affordable’ – no wonder hungry Hoxtonites flock to Cay Tre for its flavourful Vietnamese fare. Sit at street level in the bamboo-themed dining room if you want to feel part of the buzz, or head to the basement for a calmer atmosphere. Small-plate appetisers are the ideal place to start, perhaps barbecued Somerset ribs with lemongrass, chilli and galangal or crispy Devon crab pancakes with glass noodles and shrimps. Fragrant, herb-rich salads and pho soups also appeal, as do big-hearted dishes such as ox-cheek pot au feu with lemongrass and cardamom or soothing okra and aubergine curry – ideal with cleansing sides of mustard greens or water spinach. Brisk ‘friendly’ service keeps the ever-present queues to a minimum, and the concise, helpfully annotated wine list also nails it.
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