Can't decide between Thai and Vietnamese? Have both.
“Like the traders and adventurers before us, we’ve travelled all over East Asia to bring back our favourite dishes for you to try. We’ve recreated the flavours and aromas traditionally found at the eternally bustling street-markets of Bangkok and Hanoi, the hawker stalls of Singapore and the noodle vendors of Tokyo. And just like in kitchens across East Asia, we make our sauces and stocks here every day from the freshest market produce.”
East Street Restaurant has 6 locations across the UK, with one in London on Rathbone Place, the other side of Oxford Street from Soho Square. A couple of friends had recommended it me in the past and while out with a group of people looking for a late bite to eat it seemed like a good as bet as any and with dishes from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam amongst others on the menu I was pretty excited.
We ordered 2 East Street Platters for the table, made up of Goi Cuon, Gyoza, Bulgogi, Coconut Prawns, Satay & Tod Man Khao Pod (£13.95 each) which was a good amount for 2 people to share although most of the platter is actually a range of sauces. Antonia and I also ordered a portion of Gado Gado Salad - Chinese leaf, green beans, shredded carrot and beansprouts coated in a spicy peanut sauce and topped with fried onion flakes (£4.95), which was nice but predominantly Chinese leaf.
I had the Char Kway Teow, one of my favourite Malay dishes - ho fun noodles with prawns, clams, char siu pork & squid in a chilli, garlic & dark soy sauce (£10.95). To my dismay, they’d run out of char siu pork (one of my other favourites) so I asked for extra prawns. I was impressed with it. Very authentic and delicious, especially after a few beers.
Antonia had the Singapore Laksa – yellow noodles, jumbo prawns, chicken breast, squid & clams in a fiery coconut broth, with mint, cucumber, red onion, tofu & lime (£13.75). Maybe a bit pricey but it was full of ingredients, the broth was lovely and rich although I wouldn’t call it ‘fiery’ however the noodles were pretty overdone.
As well as the food menu there are some classic East Asian drinks like a beach bucket of Sangsom & Coke for two to share (£9.95) for anyone who’s been travelling to Thailand and for the authentic mind-scrambling effect, add Red Bull (£2).
East Street’s menu is full of dishes I’ve had in East Asia and while their inevitably not as good, they are reasonably authentic. The menu’s well priced for the area and the restaurant is laid back, canteen style. If you’re after Thai food then go to a Thai restaurant but if you’re group can’t decide what they prefer or you want to mix and match your favourite dishes across East Asia then East Street is a safe bet.