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Mien Tay on Lavender Hill is the second branch of this popular eatery to open and serves a variety of south west Vietnamese dishes.

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Daily 12:00-15:00 & 17:00-23:00

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By Stephen F.

The Vietnamese restaurants that have made Kingsland Road worth heading to are beginning to branch out. And this new Clapham location of the acclaimed Mien Tay will have Lavender Hill locals salivating with delight.

The Venue
Located half way up Lavender Hill, it’s slightly more upmarket than Kingsland Road, but only marginally. The generic fast food establishments are instead replaced by shabby versions of the real thing, and the restaurant itself is inconveniently placed a decent - and not particularly exciting - walk away from the nearest station, the overground-only Clapham Junction. Once inside it’s the same simple yet perfectly comfortable decor as its Shoreditch sister, with paper tablecloths and unmatched wooden seating jazzed up by a lime green and white paint job, mirrors snaking the upper walls and the obligatory lucky cat smiling from the counter.

The Atmosphere
It’s not quite as manic as the Kingsland Road incarnation but one suspects that may be because Claphamites are yet to twig quite what they’ve got right on their doorstep. There’s still a fair few aficionados cooing over the food though, with plenty of others taking advantage of the takeaway facility, so expect to hear the door swinging open throughout your stay. There’s an amusingly bad soundtrack of elevator tunes that range from what sounds like the Baywatch theme as imagined by Santana, through to the more obscure reaches of the Phil Collins’ canon, but they’re all kept at a pleasingly low volume which soon gives way to animated conversation - especially when the food comes out. Service is an absolute delight – in fact it’s so friendly, helpful and smiley that you might miss them when you begrudgingly leave.

The Food
As with so many good quality Vietnamese restaurants, this is what Mien Tay is all about – sublime, authentic and fresh food served at almost scandalous prices. Starters are a deliciously appetising introduction to things, with fresh prawn rolls (sometimes known as summer rolls) a steal at £3.50 for four, with light and fluffy rice paper housing coriander, mint, vermicelli rice, lettuce, spring onion and a big juicy prawn, served with a rich and sweet peanut sauce. The fresh green papaya salad with dry spicy beef (£5.50) is also exquisite, with thinly shredded papaya, coriander, fresh chilli and red onion acting as refreshing companions to the immaculately seasoned strips of thin, crunchy beef and the peanut garnish.

Mains are every bit as impressive, and huge. The fried crispy sea bass (£10.00) is an absolute triumph, with the fish seasoned impeccably, rubbed with lemongrass and chilli, deep fried and served whole, head and all. More lemongrass, chilli and spring onion are served as a garnish, offering a vibrant, refreshing zest that balances the tempura batter and the light and fluffy fish to a perfect mix of sweet, sour and salt. The half roasted duck (£10.00) is similarly sublime, with lean meat given a deliciously crispy edge that’s been rubbed with salt, pepper and whisky to give it an almost earthy depth. A rich sauce uses these, star anise, soy sauce, garlic and five spice to give a sweet and aromatic complement to the tender, incredibly flavoursome duck.

The Drink
It’s predominantly bring-your-own, so don’t expect a fancy wine list or exotic beers on draught. They can, however, knock up a very tasty sweetened coconut juice that’s a great palate cleanser, and can open a can of Coke very efficiently. One thing also worth trying is the traditional Vietnamese coffee made with condensed milk. It’s very good, but also so shockingly sweet that you get the impression they’re giving you just enough caffeine and sugar to make sure your legs can carry that overstretched belly all the way back to Clapham Junction. Which, given how exemplary the service is, wouldn’t be too mad a suggestion.

The Last Word
With East London foodies boring everybody with their incessant tributes to Kingsland Road, it’s now those very lucky Clapham folk who can gloat about having one of the best value restaurants in the capital right on their doorstep.

By Emily K.

I LOVE Mien Tay Battersea! Vietnamese is my all-time favourite cuisine and I have been to almost all of the restaurants on the Kingsland Road stretch, as well as a couple of horrendous ones elsewhere. But Mien Tay Battersea is the best... the tofu with garlic and chilli followed by the sliced beef pho is my regular order, but the quail is also fantastic. As is the sesame prawn toast. And everything else on the menu!

By Chloe A.

Awful! Maybe Mien Tay has slid a long way downhill since earlier reviews, but our meal last night was by far the worst vietnamese food I have had in London. Starters were ok; fresh rolls more bland than other restaurants and a very gloopy sauce, salt and pepper squid well cooked but far too heavy on the batter, but mains were completely inedible. Scallops with ginger and spring onion came swimming in a sauce reminiscent of a bad chinese takeaway, and the prawn curry consisted of three lonely prawns drowning in a tasteless curry sauce, with not a single excuse for a vegetable in either dish. Even the rice was overcooked and starchy. Oh, and the service left a lot to be desired and it is no longer byo. Just make the trek to kingsland rd if you don't want to be disappointed.

By Lorna B.

Celebrated my mother's 76th birthday at the restaurant and what was supposed to be a very special intimate event turned out to be the worst dinning experience I have ever had. Firstly on arrival, my we were inforned we needed to leave within two hours naturally we were not informed of this at the time of booking. Staff hovered over our table snatching plates away at times before we had finished and repeatedly enquired whether we had finished when it was very evident we had not. The food itself was okay but for me to truly appreciate dinning the atmosphere and type of attention given by staff completes the dinning experience. Needless to say my mother's birthday was ruined and I am not sure why my family were singled out for such poor service but I will not be returning and would advise anyone celebrating a special occasion to think twice before booking.

By Ann L.

Food here is very good, authentic and cheap, they have a lot of variety. I'm Vietnamese myself so i know this food is good, whenever me and my family want to eat Vietnamese food we go here. Service is not at its best, but its nothing to complain about, decor is pretty awful, but who cares when your paying £6 for a main, I recommend bringing your own alcohol as the wine here is limited, they have 1 house white and 1 house red. You cant find a better Vietnamese place in miles unless your prepared to go to Kingsland (Hackney).

By Tony W.

Cheap, very varied and quality menu. There is a lot of things you will have not of seen before, so it seems to be genuine Vietnamese... The prices have risen recently and they have got a license to sell alcohol. Definitely recommended.

By Liz J.

Came here with a group and were seated downstairs, we had an extra person in the group at the last minute and it was no problem for them to find another space. Food was very tasty and fresh. I had Mien Tay Rolls to start and cashew nut duck as a main they were both delicious. Some people have complained about the service in previous reviews but its a super busy restaurant and all the waiters try their best to make sure your happy. All the orders were taken promptly and food arrived fairly quickly also I agree the place is a bit shabby but I don't see how you can complain when its so cheap! Mains cost around £5-6 and its BYO yay! Would reccommend booking as this place is packed every night of the week. Great mid week cheap eat, am looking forward to trying the Shoreditch branch.

By David T.

Overall a good option if you can't make it over to Kingsland Road. Good value, tasty vietnamese food and you can bring your own alcohol. However a few things that could be improved. Firstly, they had far too many junior waiters that kept trying to take the plates and glasses from the table, even when we were still trying to eat of them! We weren't eating that slow!! But the manager was friendly and took an interest in making sure we were happy with the food. Also, you wouldn't go there for the decor and the air con is artic if you are sitting on one of the tables underneath the unit.

By V T.

I really enjoy eating at this restaurant. As a Vietnamese person, I can say the food is very authentic. Cheap and great friendly service.

By Catherine H.

All I can say is GO GO GO! I ate so much, starter was about 6 different items, dinner was 4 items, there were 3 of us and the bill came to about £45!

Unreal - the whole evening was a series of wow - try this - mmmm - amazing - delicious, oh my god ... and so on.

This is what we ate ...salt and pepper squid - amazing, eat these first while piping hot with a dash of soy, come with lovely garlicky onionsquail - squeeze on lime and dip in the salt and pepper and eat the sticky joints with your fingersprawns on sugarcane - chew the sugarcane as you eat the prawn wrapped round it - divine.

fresh rolls - clean, fresh, light, served with rich sate saucecrispy pancake - crispy but fresh, and HUGE!

frogs legs - lovely gingery crispy with garlic Followed by:Tamarind prawns - sweet, sticky, huge prawns

Goat with galangal - creamy sizzling plate of deliciousness, sauce fab with riceChicken with honey and spices - my fave dish, to die for, would have loved it tomorrow for lunch in a baguette!Papaya salad with dried beef - fresh clean and refreshing with slices of chewy (in a good way) dried beef.All I can say is GO !

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