London is a great place to live if you love food. Whether you prefer restaurant dining or cooking at home, you can find eateries and groceries representing many of the world's cuisines.Of course, I live in North Finchley, which is out in zone 4 and definitely suburban territory. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy here, but it doesn't have the array of restaurants one can find more centrally. It is pretty good on ingredients though, with Turkish, Polish, Iranian and Japanese shops amongst those selling home-grown produce.
@LondonEating tweeted me (and a couple of other local food lovers) to tell us about Vy Nam Cafe in Central Finchley, just down the road.
I say shared, I was the only one who ate the soft shell crab – yes, all of it!
For me, the soft shelled crab was the best of the three starters. Hard to describe but if you like soft shelled crab, you'll know. It was good.
The quail was decent but wasn't as much of it as the photograph suggests and I couldn't detect the honey, ginger and spices the menu described. I wouldn't bother ordering it again.
I went for one of the Pho specials, which had beef, chicken, prawn and other items listed and was about £7. The flavour of the broth was lovely and the noodles and contents good, though I wish there'd been more than one lone prawn.The best choice was Dom's Sizzling Goat £6.95 which had wonderful flavours of galangal, lemongrass, coconut and peanuts. I'd definitely order this again.
I'm definitely up for a return visit to try some of the other menu items that appealed, and have more of that soft-shelled crab and curry goat!