Song Que

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Song Que is one of the busiest Vietnamese canteens in the ’Ditch. Families & fashionistas overlook the dated decor & harsh lighting, concentrating instead on the house special pho packed with beef in various permutations – rare-sliced steak & well-done flank, or flank & tendon, for example. The menu is long (amounting to more than 170 dishes), yet low on thrills that can’t be found elsewhere on Kingsland Road. Give a wide berth to the dull-seeming Chinese dishes in favour of more vibrant green papaya salad, shredded pork & herbs in rice-paper wrappers, beef in betel leaf, or the noodle soups. As for the tipple of choice, a chilled Halida or Hue beer beats the flasks of Mateus Rosé any day. What Song Que lacks in finesse, it at least compensates for with the bill. A filling bowlful of pho will only set you back £7.70.

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Song Que

134 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8DY

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

Aug 2014

Real authentic Vietnamese food in the heart of East London. Kingsland road is flooded with Vietnamese restaurants, however there is one that stands out…literally people are standing outside the door waiting to get in. The menu is like a bible so make sure to order wisely. I would highly recommend the Pho Ga ( Ga meaning chicken) as this is my absolute favourite. The soup is fragrantly perfect, with the right noodle to chicken to broth ratio. Song Que Cafe is a must for any food lover. Word of warning...

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Madison C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 7

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134 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8DY

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by   (3)

Jan 2012

We are local and go regularly to Song Que – it is unbelievably good value for delicious, authenic Vietnamese food. Service can be brusque, but go expecting quick, no nonsense service and deicious food as it is ready you won't be disappointed…

Vicky O.'s rating

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

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134 Kingsland Road ,London E2 8DY

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by   platinum reviewer (85)

Aug 2011

A unique skill is needed to be a silver service waiter. The finesse comes with the ability to get plates of elegantly presented food to, and finished plates from, a customer in as organised a fashion as possible. The reveal adds to the art, plates delivered and removed with the bare minimum of fuss and if you ever watch an exponent of the art, he or she can clear your table effortlessly, any detritus at the end of the meal less than a hiccup in their perfect plan for your dining. The team at Song...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 4
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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by   (4)

Jul 2009

I really did not enjoy dinner here. The service was awful, the food greasy and fatty, and the place needed a good scrub. People talk about this place as if it's the Mecca of Vietnamese, but I completely disagree. I won't be back…

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  • Food & Drink: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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by   gold reviewer (48)

Dec 2008

Contrary to the other review, we had a very good meal at Song Que last night. Having checked out the various Vietnamese options in the Kingsland Road area, we decided to try this on the strength of the reviews and the fact that it was full of diners. We did have to wait 20 minutes for table (overtaken by several bookings) but our order was taken quickly and the assorted starter dish arrived shortly after. This included spring rolls, spare ribs, prawn toasts, crispy seaweed and kept our hunger at...

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

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

Nov 2008

Another mediocre meal at Song Que, which somehow gets the best reviews of any of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road. Starters were very good – including excellent salt and pepper squid – but served in portions so large we were full before our main courses arrived. Just as well, as these were the sort of clumsily thrown-together stir-fries students learn to make as their first attempt to cook for themselves. Brusque staff were keen to take our order as quickly as possible, then the usual...

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    I’ve had Vietnamese food before but I’ve never tried Pho. Pho is a Beef Noodle Soup and now that I’ve discovered it at Song Que, - a Vietnamese Restaurant in Hoxton on Kingsland road -, I can’t get enough of it.

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    At least that was my first reaction when I heard the name. Did it mean that there would be some type of performance? Was it the reason that there was a giganormous queue at the front? Was there to be some singing and dancing? Actually, the reason for the throngs of people is rather more mundane. People think that it’s a good place to eat. Annoyingly fussy person that I am, my dining companion was having trouble containing her glee at my testing. I felt a bit like the princess and the pea at this point and perhaps, unfairly to the restaurant, was looking out for things to criticize.

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  • Address: 134 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DY
  • Telephone: 020 7613 3222
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sun 12N-11pm

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