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Cay Tre Soho Vietnamese Restaurant

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by Julie McNamee (subscribe)
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Published February 10th 2012
Cay Tre restaurant
Cay Tre restaurant, Soho

I'm a great fan of Vietnamese cuisine with its freshness and feeling of fewer calories than your average Indian or Chinese (not that I don't like them on occasion).

Soho has another lovely Vietnamese restaurants - the Pho Cafe - which is actually part of a London chain and serves the best goi ga (chicken salad) ever. There's a branch of Pho in the Westfield shopping centre that actually makes the shopping experience bearable.

But an even better Vietnamese restaurant in London is the one I went to a couple of weeks back, the Cay Tre in Dean Street, Soho - it's part of another small chain.

The restaurant's dining room is long and narrow, and the overall look of the place is black and white, sleak and modern. It feels cosy as well, however, and there are pretty touches such as fresh flower on the table.

Cay Tre table
Nice table decoration

I had the vermicelli bowl (bun sa) with Red Sea prawns for just 8.50 which consists of glass noodles, herbs, shallots, cucumber, peanuts, lemongrass and lots more fresh, nutritious goodies and a beautiful ginger and chilli dressing. The prawns were plentiful also. To drink I had a Vietnam lime soda, which was simply lots of lime juice and segments of lime, sugar and soda water. Refreshing and gorgeous.

I was eating at lunchtime, when there is a shorter menu of lighter dishes, including small plates and noodle soups. Their evening menu is obviously more extensive and you can try reasonably priced delicacies such as ox cheek with lemon grass (9.50) and seafood pho (noodle soup) for 11.50. Small plates are also available at night.

Now I just have to get to Vietnam to try the real thing!
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Why? Authentic Vietnamese cuisine
When: Open 7 days
Where: 42-43 Dean Street London W1D 4PZ
Cost: Moderate
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