Sunday, 16 November 2008
Viet Grill (first review), 58 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP London
What's for dinner? Hmm, how about some Vietnamese.
After the lunch at Cafe East, we met up with some friends to watch the Liverpool vs some other football club game in a pub near Earl's Court. I was given the task of deciding what to do after the game, and the choices were -
1) Watch a movie, probably the latest Cohen Brothers one, in a cinema. Question was, which cinema, and do we have popcorn or not as it was before dinner.
2) Go to a fireworks display as there were a few being held in London. Question was, where.
3) Go for dinner. Question was, what.
As it was me who was deciding, it was without a doubt, popcorn. However, the others had other ideas, and decided on dinner instead. As it had been a while since we last had Vietnamese, we decided to go to Viet Grill in Shoreditch, because I'd been to Tay Do (another Vietnamese restaurant) a few times, but not been to Viet Grill as it looked nicer (i.e. more expensive).
Being a cheapskate, I had a quick look at the menu before asking the waitress for a table. Alot of people feel as though they are obliged to stay put in a restaurant the moment they are in it, even though the prices are more than what they'd pay for a small pony. Cheapskates, however, don't.
Viet Grill's prices were reasonable, and so we went with the waitress to our table which was located at the basement level. If I were to use one word to describe the deco of the place, it would be 'brown'. The lighting is low in this place, the wallpaper is brown with modern motifs, and the tables have white tablecloths and silver-coloured cutlery. There are candles on the tables, and a huge aquarium in the middle of the restaurant gives the place an underwater feel (not so good for the wallpaper).
How's the menu? It's acceptable, about 3 pages with good descriptions of what the dishes are. The only thing was, how do you order for 4 when you want to try almost everything on the menu?First up, more rice paper rolls with minced meat and vegetables (Goi Cuon £3.20). The rice paper skin used in this roll wasn't as thin as the one in Cafe East, so it felt more like a big piece of noodle rather than rice paper, but the filling was generous, and falling out of the roll as we took the pieces from the plate.