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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

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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

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

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Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £127  32% off
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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Tay Do Cafe
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
65 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Viet Hoa
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74 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Song Que
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
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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The Grocery Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
54-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Chopsticks Of Fury
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
52 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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Shoreditch Brassroots Takeover
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Au Lac, 134-146 Curtain Road, EC2A | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017 - 11am
Au Lac, 45 Coronet Street, N1 | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Au Lac, 288-299 Old Street, EC1V | 6 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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340-344 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E8 | 2 minutes from Au Lac
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Geffrye Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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20 Hoxton Square
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20 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Boxpark
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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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Leila's
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17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 7 minutes from Au Lac
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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L!FE Shoreditch
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The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 11 minutes from Au Lac
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95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 12 minutes from Au Lac
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Norman Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 15 minutes from Au Lac
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The Bricklayers Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
63 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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73 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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Fanny Nelsons
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32 Horatio Street, E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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TT Liquor
London > Nightlife > Bars
17B Kingsland Road, E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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Sager + Wilde
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
193 Hackney Road, Hackney, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Bar Kick
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127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Shoreditch Town Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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City Road, City, London EC1Y | 12 minutes from Au Lac
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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