I started a new role last week and its located in Camden Town. Camden Town is renowned for its colorful street markets and lively food stalls so I didn’t expect to find such a nice place for decent vietnamese food.
The weather has been turning to drab lately so I needed to something to cheer myself up so I quickly googled and found Thanh Binh via the Yelp website. It was only a short walk away from my work. Bonus!
As soon as I had arrived I was kindly greeted and seated with a menu. The place was clean as well as being nice and cosy.
I knew what I wanted but had a good look at the menu anyway and it was quite extensive and sounded authentic. Yes coming from Cabramatta makes me a good judge of this authenticity business 😛 As well as being extensive, the prices were terribly good as well. I ordered the Pho Bo Vien which was 7 pounds.
It was really tasty! The flavour of the broth reminded me of the pho I used to get back home. But this bowl did one better for me because the beef balls were real and weren’t manufactured meat! And they weren’t halved like they normally are which was quite decent. There was just the right amount of everything in this meal. The noodles were a little thinner than I was used but were easier to grab with my chopsticks and tasted very fresh.
I was hooked! I would definately come back here and I actually did, the next day and had Braised Beef Brisket + rice from the 6 pound lunch menu. You even get prawn crackers as a starter, win, bad I know but mmmm so good. Brisket was great, flavorsome and oh-so tender. They also make the traditional freshly squeezed lemon drink for 1.80 pounds, totally grand.
If you’re in the neighbourhood or just craving yummy traditional pho (and vietnamese food in general) in London, I would highly recommend Thanh Binh in Camden Town.