The London Bucket List: A Little Viet Haven

18th August 2015

By Collette Black

It began over a bottle of wine on a rather lovely boat trip on Camden’s canal… I moved to London just over three months ago and I just couldn’t quite believe how many cool places there are here. I’m forever looking at Time Out to discover the latest thing this amazing city has to offer! From bustling markets to urban beaches, I had already experienced lots of London’s unique treats, but it was whilst being serenaded on a gondola in Camden Town by a very talented bearded bloke and his guitar, that me and my good friend Anna came up with The London Bucket List; a list of all the little things we find that we really want to do while we’re here.


First on the list was Anna’s Instagram find, The Little Viet Kitchen. Perhaps a little pricier than other Viet eateries in London, we decided my Birthday was an excellent excuse to splash the cash and try out this hidden gem…and I’m extremely glad we did!


Snuggled on a corner in Chapel Market, Angel Islington, Thuy Kelly and her team serve up a selection of amazing plates in this cute cafe-esk restaurant. Decked out with lots of wood, tropical pants and eclectic bits and bobs, the whole place felt homely and yet well thought out, something that was equally reflected in the incredible imagery of their gorgeous dishes.


The menu is very small, which I found refreshing. It showed to me that this place was about good, honest, authentic Vietnamese food. The evening menu consisted of only a few permanent starters and mains and a couple of weekly specials. With memories of past Instagram posts, we all plumped for that evening’s special; a dry noodle bowl with slow cooked pork and spring rolls, which was effectively a bowl full of heaven. As many will know from our attempts to describe this unique delight the following day, it just had too many tasty treats to sum up in one coherent sentence.


This is my own snap of the delicious dish to show you that this food really is Instagram worthy! We were all pretty pleased with our choice, but then everything we saw that came out of the kitchen looked mouth-wateringly incredible. From the classic Pho, to sticky pork ribs, to an extremely delicious looking Vietnamese pancake, we couldn’t help ourselves from planning our next trip to this little Viet haven. Next time we’re planning on attending the Supperclub, where Thuy and her team try out new dishes on their more than willing guinea pig diners. I, for one, cannot wait!

For more information and to book a table visit www.thelittlevietkitchen.comĀ .

Image source: www.thelittlevietkitchen.comĀ 

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