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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

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   gold reviewer (47)

Jul 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.

Rebecca L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   (1)

Apr 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...

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tareq m.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 8

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   (1)

Nov 2011

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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,...

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Monica C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 3

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   (3)

Oct 2011

Unfortunately, I think Mien Tay's quality has been slipping as popularity grows. Whilst my recommendation is to stay with the selection of appertisers, soups or clay pots at the front of the menu rather than the chinese offerings at the rear, even some of the appertisers are not up to scratch lately. The salt and pepper squid seems to shrink in size each time I go. The fresh rice paper springs rolls have shrunk and the dipping sauce tastes like it's from a packet. Sometimes I wonder if they've...

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Rowdy's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   (1)

Oct 2011

Food was great for the money – as always. However service was awful – rude and arrogant to make us feel like we were incredibly unwelcome. The waiter was angry and shook his head at our bill – he appeared disappointed it didn't add up to enough for his liking (4 of us had one main each). They questioned us over BYO- apparently it's stopping. Also we were sitting downstairs and it was uncomfortably hot. Very disappointing experience as the food is delicious.

Camilla H.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   platinum reviewer (77)

Apr 2011

I went here in advance of a gig at the Clapham Grand due to the number of reviews id read about it being a hotspot in Clapham! The place itself isnt much to look at – a tired cafe style restaurant on the high street. I was hesitant to go in due to the decor and had to keep convincing my friend that this had great reviews. Foodwise, we had the spring rolls to start – freshly fried and covered in this vermicelli type thing but delicious! Not your usual frozen spring rolls. Mains were huge, i wasnt...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 10

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

Jul 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Yup, it's not exactly Nobu to look at, but you'd be hard pushed to find better value Vietnamese anywhere in London. The off-licence opposite has a great selection of beers and wines too, so you can treat yourself to a nice Pinot Gris for under a tenner. Starter ‘musts’ include the grilled quail – served with lime and salty sugar for dipping – or the chilli squid, which most people in there seemed to have ordered, and the spicy green papaya salad, which – unusually, has plenty of green papaya in...

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Captain Haddock's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

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Mien Tay

180 Lavender Hill ,London SW11 5TQ

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by   platinum reviewer (90)

Apr 2010

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Ok, the decor is beyond cheesy and the music is very '70's American supermarket'… But this place is the daddy of all Vietnamese restaurants. The menu is pretty large with lots of different choices, with a huge selection of starters and mains. Special mention to the Mien Tay spring rolls that are simply put, incredible, the papaya salad with dry beef is also absolutely superb along with salt and pepper garlic squid. We ordered several mains (way too many, as it turns out) including beef with rice...

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Sabrina's Passions's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 9

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