Viet Grill – Review

John Gregory-Smith ON Mar 04, 2010 AT 11:05 am

Viet Grill

Viet Grill is one of the Vietnamese restaurants on the Kingsland Road in Shoreditch. I have been going to the restaurants in this area for years and the food has been hit and miss.

After a recent refurbishment Viet Grill is certainly the best looking one, but what about the food? Well it’s fresh and delicious, and having just come back from Vietnam was a pleasant surprise, some recent Chinese food was a disaster (I was also in china). We started with the lotus stem salad; pork, shrimps, herbs, lime, and chilli what’s not to like? We then had the Feudal Roasted Beef. The beef has a very odd description on the menu including a description of some form of human torture? Thankfully there was no torture, just superb grilled, melt in the mouth beef served with a really spicy dipping sauce which had mustard like quality, delicious.

For our mains we had slow cooked Mekong Catfish which came in a bubbling rich, sweet, soy sauce with lots and pepper and chilli. It was served in a clay pot which took me right back to Vietnam and the flavours were perfect. Next we ate the Viet Quail Curry. This was a whole poached quail in a rich sauce flavoured with delicate kafir leaves and hot chillies. It was superb and the gravy was so good that more rice was needed to soak up everything.

We ended the meal with banana fritters and coconut ice cream. This was a weird one for many reasons. I am not a fan of deep fried food, bananas or coconut ice cream. But together at Viet Grill it was so good crispy batter giving way to usual loathsome bananas and a refreshing ice cream.

It’s a great restaurant with an interesting menu serving up fresh herby Vietnamese food. They have a great wine list chosen specifically for the food and the whole lot is extremely reasonable.

www.vietnamesekitchen.co.uk 
Viet Grill
58 Kingsland Road
London E2 8DP
020 7739 6686

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