SquareMeal Review of
Since opening in 2008, this original branch of Mien Tay (with a younger sibling in Battersea) has moved a notch upmarket and expanded into premises next door, yet it still draws crowds of diners on Kingsland Road’s Pho Mile with its first-rate south-western Vietnamese food. The interior design of white walls and kitsch Vietnamese artwork may not inspire, but it’s what comes on the plate that counts. Must-tries include the peppy starter of salt, pepper and garlic squid, and the flavour-packed honey and spices char-grilled chicken. Adventurous diners will have a field day, leaping from the brace of frog’s leg dishes to the likes of stewed Mekong catfish, or stir-fried goat with galangal. Prices, though still inexpensive, are no longer ridiculously cheap, and the former BYOB policy has given way to a wine list chosen by Willie Lebus of Bibendum. Try some Chilean Valdivieso Maipo Merlot with that goat.