I met Thuy through friends years ago and through her facebook updates, I saw her journey from posting home cooked meals, to blogging, to creating her successful supper club, to pop ups and now her remarkable restaurant. Talk about inspirational!
Due to a case of bad timing, I never managed to make it to her supper clubs so when she finally let out the big news she was opening a restaurant, I knew it wouldn't be long until I tried it out.
The Little Viet Kitchen in Islington is one of the most charming and cosiest restaurants there are in London. The decor is a fantastic mix of shabby chic, rustic, industrial and romanticised by the fresh pink peonies and soft candlelight throughout the restaurant. I loved the finishing touches in here and the fact that everything was so Instagrammable!
I've now been twice to Thuy's restaurant and sampled a good range of the menu. The food is fresh, tasty and healthy, and you'll find menu items here that can't be found in other Vietnamese restaurants.
From a combination of both visits, here are the Starters:
Vietnamese pork spring rolls. Crispy and chewy on the outside with deliciously filled insides. The fish sauce vinegerette nuoc cham is spot on in flavour. This is the soul of the dish and can rectify even the most disastrous of dishes and Thuy's version is one of the best I've had.
With all the starters, first of all, the presentation was incredible and definitely made all the dishes look even more appetising that it already was. Secondly, is it even possible to make fried food taste so healthy?! Of all the deep fried starters we ordered, non of it was greasy. In fact, I couldn't even detect the oil! Along with the abundant green garnishes, I feel so healthy eating here.
For the Mains:
Thanks Thuy for treating us to dessert!
If you haven't been yet, you need to book your table.
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