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Over the years, this Vietnamese eatery has established itself as an old faithful for the office workers, club kids and night owls of Shoreditch. It’s seen a few cosmetic changes (the current look features smooth white tables and monochromatic bamboo wall art), but it remains a modest enterprise that puts value to the fore. We’ve eaten our way around the menu and reckon that seafood is the top shout, be it a crispy Devon crab and glass noodle wrap, braised catfish clay pot or grilled monkfish with galangal, turmeric and dill cooked tableside. Meat eaters also have plenty to chew on, from spicy lamb neck curry or stewed pork belly with caramelised coconut juice and a hard-boiled egg to a ‘wokked’ pho loaded with braised beef shin, mustard greens and shimeji mushrooms. Yes, it’s busy (and noisy), but turnaround is steady, even with a brisk takeaway trade.

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Cay Tre Soho

42-43 Dean Street ,London W1D 4PZ

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by   silver reviewer (28)

Oct 2011

Having been going to the Shoreditch branch for years, I was pleased to hear that a branch had opened closer to home. Cay Tre has Vietnamese cooking down pat. From the starters (piggy aubergine is a must-try and the summer rolls are perfection) to the range of pho's and noodle dishes (my favourites being the pho & the saigon satay venison pho) you'll want to visit this place again and again. The service is quick and efficient, the food is fresh and light (yet filling). Cay Tre leaves you with a full...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 9

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Cay Tre Soho

42-43 Dean Street ,London W1D 4PZ

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by   silver reviewer (18)

Jun 2011

There's something about Vietnamese cooking that defies mass production: the zinginess of fresh herbs just wouldn't translate to a chain of outlets (a sentence of course that tempts providence big time). Which makes eating Vietnamese in London such a enjoyable experience – you need to hunt it down (usually in the lower stretch of the Kingsland Road where everyone has his or her favourite – I love Sông Quê for its buzz as well as its evidently very fresh food and the speed of its service). Some people...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 6

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