Mien Tay - Lavender Hill

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8 reviews

180 Lavender Hill , London, SW11 5TQ

Mien Tay

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Since opening in 2008, Mien Tay has played to regular packed houses, so we reckon it must be doing something right. Warm service and fair prices certainly help sustain its reputation, along with food that continues to surprise and delight. The char-grilled quail with a thick honey glaze, garlic and spices gets a lot of good press, as does the expertly marinated char-grilled minced beef served in betel leaves. Alternatively, you could dine on frog's legs, eel and goat, or play it safer by ordering whole crispy-fried sea bream with lemongrass and ginger, plus a green mango salad on the side. Like many of its neighbours on Kingsland Road's 'pho mile', Mien Tay used to be BYO but has forgone that tradition, opting for a well-priced wine list curated by no less an expert than Bibendum's Willie Lebus.

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Mien Tay - Lavender Hill Location

180 Lavender Hill , London SW11 5TQ

Opening times

Mon-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10pm)

Mien Tay - Lavender Hill's Reviews


Food & Drink: 7.3


Service: 4.4


Atmosphere: 4.9


Value: 7.1


Food + drink: 4

Service: 1

Atmosphere: 3

Value: 3

Gold Reviewer
21 July 2014

I've been to Mien Tay a few times now and it's consistent – always excellent food but terrible service. It can take a while to get a waiter's attention and when you do you feel like you're burdening them. However, the food is superb. I'd recommend any of the prawn starters and my favourite main is the lemongrass chicken. You can quite easily eat two courses with wine for less than £18. I'd recommend it for a cheap dinner out with friends if you're not in a hurry.


Food + drink: 4

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 1

Value: 4

07 April 2012

food was as usual fresh. service was very awful. the main funny things is their management! i think they don't have any chain of command to give to the customers what they want. the waiter don't able to understand much what i was saying. it was my first time in that restaurant to order a takeout. i went there at lunch time when they were not busy although they dont really interested to take my order!!! i was expected some explanation of food as i was new at their restaurant but waiter couldnt able to explain about food too much!! i was like embarrassed!!!

Food + drink: 1

Service: 0

Atmosphere: 0

Value: 1

06 November 2011

Unwelcoming atmosphere and a burden! Sadly it is so damaging to what was suppose to be a fun evening meeting with friends! I arrived early and my 4 friends were running late. Managress insisted on seating us in a small corner table barely large enough for 3 let alone for 5. So immediately there is a hostile atmosphere created when i said that we are too large a crowd to squashed in that corner. Next comes the constant harrassment on if there going to be more people arriving. Finally 10 mins late, 2 friends arrived and the other 2 very late. More awkward harrassment on if there are 2 more to arrive. We placed starters order and ordered a bottle of wine to pacify the managress and anxious waiters. The restaurant was busy but not packed, there was always a spare table downstairs. Service was just awful with sloppy food delivered at the table. It is the last time i will visit this place and will let others know it is an unpleasant experience. What a shame that Dragon lady boss is more concerned with other issues than to make her restaurant more welcoming with better service with a smile. Its more service with a sneer!

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