Au Lac

104 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP


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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. - Au Lac Location Map

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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    100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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    Holiday Inn Express London-City
    London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £60  32% off
    275 Old Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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    The RE London Shoreditch Hotel
    London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £43  36% off
    419 to 437 Hackney Road, E2 | 12 minutes from Au Lac
    This hotel is modern, clean and very convenient if you want to explore the sights and bright lights of trendy Shoreditch. Although close to the City, ... More

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