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Tay Do Cafe

by Krista

Tay do cafe 

Tay Do Cafe
65 Kingsland Road
E2 8AG
Tel: 020 7729 7223

Date of Last Visit: 18 October 2008

The Victims: All, Darsh

The Damage: £15 each for a sh*tload of food. Really.

The Background: Al, Darsh, Feathers, Julie and I were hanging out at The East Room, drinking white wine. Feathers ditched us for dinner at the Greenwich branch of The Rivington.  Julie just ditched us. So we contemplated dinner. Kingsland Road it was.

Our criteria was simple: BYOB. So after picking up a bottle of Spanish white at a dodgy off-license, we headed into the very packed, joyfully so, Tay Do Cafe.

Tay do inside 

The Food: I get some tips from a couple sitting at a table behind us. We order summer rolls, beef wrapped in betel leaf, soft shell crab, Vietnamese pancake, a chicken dish, and a beef dish. (I know, I know, I'm sorry. You'd think I could be more specific after all these years.) Love the betel leaf. Love the chicken dish. Love the Vietnamese pancake (after reminding them to bring it to us a few times). Not so crazy about the beef or the soft shell crab.

The Bill: CRAZY about the bill. We ate and ate and ate and only paid this much…(sorry, slightly blury)…

Tay do cafe bill 

The Verdict: The price is right. I'd go back here with a big group. Or with visiting Americans with  exchange rate shock. (But hey, at $1.73 to the pound, things aren't looking as bad as they have been.)

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Alice October 20, 2008 - 10:43 am

I LOVE Tay Do! I live just round the corner from there and eat there about once a week. I would DIE for their roast duck and pak choi soba noodles!!!

Loving Annie October 20, 2008 - 3:27 pm

A reasonable price for a lot of food means something these days.

Lizzie October 20, 2008 - 5:08 pm

All hail BYOB! I love it.

Gourmet Chick October 21, 2008 - 8:51 am

I went to Tay Do itself (which I think is a few doors down) and was not as impressed (although I must admit it was SUPER cheap). I think it is all in the ordering with Vietnamese – I will have to go back and just copy people.

Suzie October 24, 2008 - 12:42 am

viet! what i always order at vietnamese ressie is Beef Pho and Vietnamese spring rolls, summer rolls….. there is also this one called Loong Kee down Kingsland road too. They do this steam ‘cheung fun’, very nice!!!!!!!!!!!

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