Thanh Binh – Delicious Vietnamese Food in Camden


Posted by Ruth

Where: 14 Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1
Cost: Mains under £10 per person
Website: http://www.thanhbinhrestaurant.co.uk
Rating:

Think of Camden, and it is usually the alternative pubs, clubs and shops that spring to mind – not its culinary delights. However, look a little closer and there are a number of small, affordable restaurants offering tasty food and quick service. Thanh Binh is a great example. Situated conveniently close to Camden Lock, this Vietnamese gem has been open since 1990. It’s a family run place, and the celebrity pictures adjourning the wall (including Mick Jagger), show that it’s had some interesting custom over the years.

Feeling a little adventurous we opted for Vietnamese frogs legs and (more traditionally) crispy squid. The former was unusual and perhaps a one-off for us – though the crisp, delicately spiced batter was delicious. The squid was cooked to perfection, and delivered a fiery hit of chili and garlic which heightened the senses. While setting the bar high, the mains (Chicken Pho, and Bun Ca – a monkfish and noddle broth) easily surpassed the starters. Hearty and warming, the steaming fragrant bowls were absolutely perfect for a winter evening. The monkfish dish was the star of the meal, with fresh tomato and coriander adding another dimension to the traditional Vietnamese flavours – well worth sampling for yourself.

Verdict:

Thanh Binh is not necessarily as original as it may have been in 1990, with Vietnamese cuisine growing in popularity and many restaurants dotted about London – but for a quick, tasty meal, it’s hard to beat. The staff could have been slightly more attentive, but overall a great experience. Pop in if you’re in the area.

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