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Au LacOne of a small number of London’s ethnic restaurants to have a branch in its native country, Au Lac is a large Vietnamese eatery a few minutes walk off the main strip of Old Street’s nightlife. The menu is suitably exotic, with plenty of richly-flavoured Vietnamese seafood, alongside the Oriental restaurant standards.

Bahn Quon steamed rolls were irresistibly light and tasty and arrived in a pile large enough to make a meal on their own. Char-grilled monkfish was a great seafood variation on the duck pancakes so familiar from Chinatown, with crisp, thin Bahn Quon pancakes. Our waiter failed to warn us when we accidentally ordered a traditional Vietnamese crab dish and was unable to explain to us how to get into it using only chopsticks, but the bits we could get at were rich with spicy aromas that perfectly complemented the salty, succulent crab.

Prices are as low as the portions are huge, yet the restaurant was completely empty on a Thursday evening, with only two others dining in a space that could comfortably have seated 40. The reason is glaringly obvious, in an unappealing décor and a set of too-bright lights that create an atmosphere as intimate as McDonalds, but rather less cheery.

This is a more than decent restaurant, which is excellent value, but it will have to seriously redecorate if it is to attract the limited passing trade on the Kingsland Road.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Old Street Tube Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Liverpool Street Tube Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Leonard Street Car Park
 
7 minutes walk
 
Great Eastern Street NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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335-337 Old Street, EC1V | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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275 Old Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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65 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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74 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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134 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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58 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
54-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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52 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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Au Lac, 2-4 Hoxton Square, N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Au Lac, 83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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Au Lac, 83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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130 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, London N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
66-68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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Coronet Street, Hoxton, London N1 | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Attractions > Art Galleries
340-344 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E8 | 2 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Attractions > Museums
136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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20 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Boxpark, Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Shopping > Specialists
Unit 27, BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 7 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 11 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
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London > Restaurants > Gastropub
73 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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32 Horatio Street, E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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TT Liquor
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17B Kingsland Road, E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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193 Hackney Road, Hackney, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Business > Venue Hire
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2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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