Vietnam House Restaurant

Vietnam House Restaurant
1-3 Grove Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8AF
  • Telephone 0131 228 3383
  • Food served Mon/Thu 5–9.30pm; Fri–Sun noon–9.30pm.
  • Average price (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

Welcoming restaurant providing simple but seriously tasty Vietnamese food.

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Here’s one of those hot-tip, secret restaurants that’s so consistently thrumming with happy clientele you realise it’s on the verge of not being a secret any more. With thatched-grass ceiling providing a Vietnamese hut vibe, gorgeous paintings on the wall and vibrant wallpaper, to step into Vietnam House is like, well, stepping into an extremely welcoming house. And a brilliantly catered one at that: fresh spring rolls burst with mint, prawn and veg, and elicit groans of pleasure when dipped into a peanut sauce edging towards decadence with its caramel overtones. Pho comes fortifying and in every variety you could hope for. Braised catfish is so tender it falls apart on the fork, and smacks of ginger, sesame and stickily sweet shallot. Braised chicken drumsticks yield just as readily, making for a mouthful of rich flesh, subtle coconut, and zesty lemongrass – a divine dish served atop a mountain of glutinous rice. For dessert, don’t pass on the lemon sorbet – cutely presented in a frozen lemon, the tart and creamily smooth pud cleanses the palate delectably.

  • High point: Vibrant food in oh-so-cosy surrounds
  • Low point: If you're after a beer, remember to bring your own
  • Notable dish: Ca Kho (braised fish)
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: 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 review

1 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