My favourite Vietnamese
The staff here couldn't be sweeter. When I told our waitress I wanted to go to Vietnam, she wrote down a couple of places on the back of a receipt and then gave me her email address, urging me to get in touch for more information.
I got very excited because my cousins from Scotland let me order for all of us. I ordered a lot (see below) and it was all delicious. We really couldn't fault it. There was a small mistake and they didn't bring one of the starters and one of the main courses: chicken satay and drunken chicken with cloud ear mushrooms. But even that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as we probably wouldn't have made it up the stairs if we had eaten any more.
Beef in betel nut
Crispy duck pancakes
Banh xeo - crispy pancake of prawns and vegetables
Stir fried prawns with bok choi
Chicken with chilli & lemon grass
Beef with chilli & black bean sauce
'Beautiful' declared my husband's cousin, who was still talking about the prawn and bok choi dish two days later.
The parting shot on Viet Hoa's slick website says:
'We hope you enjoy the new East London. It's getting smarter.' Quite.