Restaurant in Battersea
Mien Tay is set on busy Lavender Hill, Battersea. We visited on a weekday night for dinner and it was surprisingly busy with a bustling atmosphere. Servers were quick to get us seated and we settled in to pore over the extensive South West Vietnamese menu. Whilst deciding we had a white wine (4.70) and a bottle of Saigon beer (£3.70). The drinks list also offers fresh juices (including coconut), jasmine tea and of course Vietnamese iced coffee.
We ordered the Fresh rolls with prawn (£5.20) and a peanut sauce for dipping, king prawns with butter and garlic (£9.50) and the stir fried green mussels with ginger & spring onion (£7). The fresh rolls were light and the peanut sauce delivered a punchy hit. As much as I love fresh rice paper rolls, the mussels were a real standout and our absolute favourite dish to start. The ginger and spring onion sauce meant the mussels and sauce had a great spice and sweetness (and the flavours were even better eating the heated leftovers the next day!) The king prawn was served on a sizzling plate making, flavours were nice but the texture, for my liking, was not tender enough.
We went for a bowl of Pho with rare sliced beef (£9) served with beansprout, herbs, lime and chilli for adding to your taste. The beef was tender and the beef bone broth was warming and full of depth. The real crowd pleaser of the evening however was the curry clay pot with monkfish (£9). The curry was richly spiced with an incredibly creamy sauce with hints of sweetness and lovely generous pieces of meaty monkfish – a fantastic dish. Certainly, one of my favourite curry dishes in quite some time.
It is easy to see why Mien Tay restaurant in Battersea was bustling on a Tuesday night! The food is seriously fresh, flavourful and there is huge variety in their offerings. The menu is incredibly extensive, but handily categorised with plenty of veggie options available, Most dishes are customisable to your liking of meats, seafood or tofu. We loved the traditional decor, friendly service and would highly recommend it for some very well priced authentic Vietnamese eating.
East London Girl: Mien Tay
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