Green Papaya 1

191 Mare Street , London, E8 3QE

Green Papaya London Vietnamese restaurant

SquareMeal Review of Green Papaya

While Kingsland Road's Vietnamese canteens are packing them in, this family-run restaurant a mile or so east is very much the smart diner's choice. Green Papaya hasn't changed much since opening in 2000, and the interior wouldn't win any design awards, but the combination of cracking food and gratifyingly low prices continues to attract in-the-know locals, enthusiastic visitors and patrons from the revamped Hackney Empire up the road. While bowls of steaming pho have become synonymous with the country's cuisine, the iconic noodle soup is merely a bit player here, with stir-fries and slow-braised dishes taking centre stage. Summer rolls, banh-xeo pancakes and spicy salads are exemplary, but also check out ‘new dishes' such as smoked tofu with asparagus or stewed beef shin with carrot and rice wine. To drink, order an ice-cold Vietnamese beer.

Green Papaya is recommended for

Quiet Conversation | Child Friendly | Group Dining 8 Plus

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Fields Station 272m

Hackney Central Station 836m


Address: 191 Mare Street , London E8 3QE

Area: Hackney Dalston

Opening times

Tues-Sun 5-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Ocean Music Centre 486m

Hackney Empire Theatre 575m


Telephone: 020 8985 5486


Cuisine: Vietnamese


Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 7.0

Atmosphere: 8.0

Value: 8.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ben L. 28 September 2009

This is a really good little Hackney gem. Good food, and good prices. The beef pho is very good here.

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