The weather in London has been ridiculously gloomy. Rain, wind and more rain is the order of the day. Naturally when it came to suggesting a place to eat for a catchup with some work friends, I picked the closest place to work. I was overruled by a friend of mine who was certain we would like this vietnamese place in Hoxton, about 20 mins away from work. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t feeling it. The last thing I wanted to do was tread in the dreadful weather for some average food. I was dead wrong!
I was finally sold when she said it was BYOB (Bring your own
Booze Bottle), so decided to give it a try and get some content for the blog while I’m at it.
The quality of the food at Mien Tay blew my mind, and best of all, the price was very friendly. Dining out in London is often not a pocket friendly activity, so to find good quality food in a nice environment at a good price is something to shout about.
Food Quality: 5*
Restaurant Atmosphere: 4*
Mien Tay Website
What we had
Deep Fried Salt, Pepper and Garlic Prawns
Mien Tay Spring Rolls
Beef in Blackbean sauce
Sea Bream with Fish Sauce and Ginger
Goat with Galangal (THE BEST!!)
Rice Noodles with Meat and Prawn
I’ll admit what you’re probably thinking, the selection wasn’t too dissimilar from what you might get from a vietnamese take out but let me tell you, the quality can never be the same. All the meals came HOT and you could tell it was fresh from the pot (at least it tasted that way). There were also a wide variety of meals to chose from. The menu was numbered and there were over 100 items on it, that many! The staff were friendly but I wasn’t blown away by the service hence the average rating. I am a tough sell when it comes to customer service. Overall it is definitely worth going to Mien Tay, I know I will definitely be back.
One thing to note is that in order to BYOB they do charge corkage of 2.50 per person, something to bear in mind if you are a big group. The BYOB offer is also not available on Fridays and Saturdays, shame huh?
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Until Next Time,
The Reet Petite