Vietnam House Restaurant
Charming point of embarkation for a journey into Far Eastern flavours.
Cheerful coloured lanterns hanging from the grassy thatched ceiling give Vietnam House a cosy yet exotic feel. Tucked into one of its two neat front rooms, diners might imagine they are visiting someone’s home rather than eating in a restaurant. Spring rolls may be ubiquitous on every takeaway menu but fresh spring rolls are a different beast – a cool, translucent envelope of rice paper encasing a crunchy tangle of vegetables, noodles and herbs. Wrapping on a different scale comes with the lotus rice – a heavyweight parcel of sticky rice, shredded chicken, shitake mushrooms and shrimps, all contained in a lotus leaf the size of some café tables. Unwrap to release steamy aromas and delicious smoky caramel flavours. Braised chicken comes in a tangy sauce that judiciously balances sweet and spicy notes. Though there's not much elbow room and a visit to the loo entails a sidle past fridges and dishwashers, service here is friendly and swift and the corkage charge very reasonable.
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 36
- Largest group: 16
- Open since: 2010
- BYOB: £1.50 per person corkage
Reviews & features
Pho Vietnam House - Restaurant review1 Feb 2011
Vietnamese cuisine represented well in west-end of Edinburgh
Vietnamese cuisine is hallowed by returning backpackers and adventurous tourists, but it’s poorly represented locally compared to other Far Eastern cuisines. David Pollock found a tiny outpost in western Edinburgh