Cafe East

Authentic Vietnamese Home Cooking

Cafe East - Authentic Vietnamese Home Cooking

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Restaurant review: Café East | Life and style | The Guardian

Review analysis
food   drinks   value  

All that said, a Sunday lunch at Café East in Surrey Quays made me quite nostalgic for those wretched mornings after the night before.

For I am in no doubt that the food served at this sweet, brisk Vietnamese canteen – crunchy summer rolls stuffed with crisp vegetables, pristine seafood and rice vermicelli, huge steaming bowls of a deeply aromatic beef broth called pho, bobbing with slivers of meat and wide rice noodles – would prove a perfect cure.

To start, order banh cuon (rolls of slippery steamed rice pastry encasing minced pork and chopped mushrooms) or goi cuon – the aforementioned summer rolls.

Alongside comes a platter of greenery – mint and coriander, basil and something with a profound anise flavour, leaves of iceberg lettuce for flavourless crunch, and a small bowl of finely chopped fresh red chillies, to give it a bit of oomph.

That aside, Café East is the best kind of cheap restaurant: a place of emotional safety.

Café East | Restaurants in Rotherhithe, London

Review analysis
facilities   food  

Ignore the basic decor, just taste the pho noodle soup at this Vietnamese hot-spot in the unlikely setting of a car park.

Once you’ve managed to find Café East – tucked in a far corner of the car park of the huge Surrey Quays Shopping Centre – you might well think you’ve happened upon a South-east Asian workers’ canteen.

It’s effectively one big room, with cream-painted walls but absolutely no attempt at decoration.

The big utilitarian square tables are a little too high for the chairs, and are packed with happily guzzling South-east Asian customers.

Two points to remember: staff don’t supply tap water, only bottled; and if you’re walking or driving here, it’s best to enter the car park via the little (quite hidden) entrance after the main route into the complex, Surrey Quays Road.