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Restaurants & Bars

Cafe East, Deptford, London

limster | Dec 14, 200812:56 PM     16

A busy Vietnamese place that's been recommended many times here.

The banh cuon is excellent - particularly distinguished by the thin chewy wrappings made from rice flour. Also a good savoury filling of minced pork. Topped with pink chewy slices of cha lua, a Vietnamese pork sausage, bean sprouts and most importantly caramelised shallots. I'd give them a slight edge over Leong Kee's version because of the cha lua.

Pho is very good, excellent broth -- light but flavoursome. The beef was good but nothing mind blowing - I wished some of the slices were a bit thinner, to make them more tender. I like the broth more than Song Que's, but I think Song Que's meat (esp. since they also have a version with tripe) takes the edge. Between the two, I might gravitate towards Cafe East's by a hair.

Che - a sweet drink with red beans and green rice noodles with coconut milk and ice...needed a while for the ice to cool down the bubbling and thin down the starchy liquid. Not bad.

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