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“A little gem!”
Review of Viet Garden

Viet Garden
Ranked #4,768 of 22,557 Restaurants in London
Price range: US$5 - US$21
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Viet Garden is a family run restaurant priding itself in fresh tasting authentic Vietnamese cuisine. ​ We owe a lot to our mothers and the food that they served us when we were young. We were so endeared to the culture they passed on, that a large inspiration for our restaurant and the food we serve comes from those traditional roots. We pride ourselves on the fresh, healthy, delicious, quality home-style cooking traditionally from the Mekong River delta, Huế, Sài Gòn and Hà Nội. We hope to share with you this love we have for our mothers and the healthy, tasty and nutritious food that they served. We look forward to seeing you soon.
London, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A little gem!”
Reviewed 30 December 2011

If you are looking for good, fresh food, which is not overpriced, this is the perfect place. We visit regularly and have done for 9 years. We have never had a bad meal here in all that time. For starters try the deep fried aubergines or spicy ribs or the Vietnamese pancake. For mains, it has to be the special pho. No other restaurant does it better, even in Hanoi. After eating here once, you will go back.

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Thank ScotDavid
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English first
Cannes, France
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Terrible - and it used to be so great.”
Reviewed 5 July 2011

We have been going to this restaurant ever since it opened - before all the rave reviews and the requirement to book weekend evenings. Now that we have moved away from London, we can visit only on rare weekend trips back to Islington. After a pretty average experience a few months ago which we chalked up to an off day, we went for lunch a couple of days ago. It is sad to report that there is little of the old place left - the salt and pepper squid was dry and overcooked (from frozen perhaps). The crispy duck was just ok. We chose a bun hue and chicken with lemon grass as main courses - both distinctly average. But the most disappointing was the change in the staff. Whereas we are used to a smiling, warm welcome, our server could not have been colder or disinterested. She didn't smile once during the whole meal. It is very sad to report this but it loks like this restaurant is resting on its laurels. There are plenty of good Vietnamese places in nearby Kingsland Road and even the dreaded Upper St has some great new places. If things do not improve at the Viet Garden it won't be around for too much longer.

  • Visited July 2011
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London
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33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“where to start - is this really vietnamese?”
Reviewed 3 April 2011

My husband and I are huge Vietnamese food fans – having been spoilt in Melbourne, we have been searching for a great place in London since we arrived. We’ve tried the Shoreditch restaurants – VietGrill (stylish but not authentic) and Tay Do – ok and the best so far, and have seen mixed reviews on Viet Garden but had a great referral which convinced us to give it a go.

Walking in (8.30 booking sat night)– not a single Vietnamese diner – alarm bells ringing, but hey maybe it’s the area. The place smells great, a nice restaurant and the waitresses are busy but lovely.

Entrée – duck pancakes (I know, should have known then – this was recommended so gave it a go) dry but OK duck, served with cold pancakes. Arrived about 9.20(!) Squid didn’t show up, and we chased sometime around 10. 2 waitresses serving the whole place were literally running, tables not being cleared, tables being turned over with a quick wipe using a dirty napkin from the last table. Utter chaos for which they did apologise a lot (they were both lovely but completely understaffed).

Mains – honestly, I swear there just cannot be a Vietnamese person in that kitchen. Fried seabass floating in some sauce, special fried rice with curry powder in it (honestly!!!) which I couldn’t eat, and my hot and sour soup… let’s just say it was chicken stock/broth, with some chilli flakes on top. Not hot, not sour – I ate the rice noodles and left the rest. Seriously, buy a packet mix if you have to.

If you are English and don’t like spicy food and/or have not had Vietnamese before, this could be for you (which explains the clientele). If you want light, flavoursome Vietnamese – you know, chilli, fish sauce, lightly flash fried goodies and amazing soups this is not for you. We were there for 2 hours – you know Vietnamese food is usually highly efficient (to the point of seating the next guests with you) when it’s done right.

Maybe it was a bad night, maybe they had staffing issues. Do yourselves a favour and turn away tables if that’s the case.

  • Visited April 2011
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3 Thank SPBLondon
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London, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Love it”
Reviewed 2 October 2010

Viet Garden is just around the corner where I live. However, it took a while to discover this little gem. The ambiance is not stylish (like most other places in Islington) and it can happen that you have a large family dining with you.

However, the food is really good, tasty and fresh! I haven't been in Vietnam, so I cannot say if it is authentic, but this places serves one of the best asian cuisine around. The dishes are traditional, not fancy.

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Thank jk0
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London
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“Tucked away from bright lights of the Angel - delicious”
Reviewed 18 February 2010

This hidden away restaurant looks completely unprepossessing - but venture in. The food is fresh tasting & delicious. There's a wide choice of dishes including whole fish, sharp Vietnamese salad & coconut curried tiger prawns. Staff are gracious & you can have a speedy meal or linger.
Only drawback is that sometimes there are loud large parties - but it's worth it!

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Thank OpinionatedMoo
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