Updated: May 22, 2021
By Sarena Akhter
Hello, Foodies! As promised, we have our second appreciation post up and ready for one of our favourite sponsors from last year—Vietnam Restaurant! This 27-year-old restaurant has thrived in the local business by consistently delivering amazing, authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Current owner Lam told us that while his parents established the business in 1994, he has recently overtake operations over the last few years. His father operates the front of the business and his mother remains the main chef in the kitchen that creates all the delicious food. "At one point, all my siblings—the 6 of us—worked at the business when we were younger," said Lam, speaking about hos the restaurant is a true family-owned business. "We were one of the very first Vietnamese restaurants in the city of London and now there are over 10+ in the city."
"We are proud to say that we helped start and drive the popularity of Vietnamese cuisine in London," said Lam.
We were extremely excited to try these dishes, especially as Lam mentioned how vital Western students are to the industry.
"Western students are a staple to the London community, and have always supported the restaurant, especially with 5 siblings in the family attending and graduating from Western," said Lam. "I feel this is an opportunity for those new to the city and school to come venture out of their bubble and explore new unique areas in London like the OEV (Old East Village)."
After trying out their incredible arrangement of their dishes, we are so excited to share our favourites.
In Photo: (left) Pork Spring Rolls + (right) Vegetable Spring Rolls
If you have ever been to Vietnam Restaurant, you'd know why getting their spring rolls to need to be #1 on your order. Their signature rolls are crunchy and delicious, and served with mint and their sauce on the side. Made in house and fresh with each basket, they were great appetizers!
Crispy Chow Mein with Chicken and Shrimp
One of our favourite dishes, this chow mein not only looks gorgeous, but holds true for holding down the fort. Aside from the colours and vibrancy of the meal, what really stole the show was the sweet glaze to mix the noodles with. Not only did all the flavours harmonize, but it was packed with flavour!
Chewy and braised with a tangy sauce, if you're a fan of calamari then be excited; the portions are generous and the presentation is even more phenomenal. The sear on these were perfect to taste, and we loved how well these went as a stand-alone dish. We personally recommend getting rice or a starch to go with these as they can be very heavy and chewy by themselves!
Who doesn't love a good mango milkshake to keep you from this upcoming summer heat? These are made fresh in house and are super refreshing!
Canned Drinks (Non-Alcoholic Available!)
In Photo: Anderson New Zealand Lager, Powerhouse Low Voltage Cream Ale, London Brewing Organic 4PM Oatmeal Stout, Powerhouse Illbury Good Stoned Session and Forked River Capital Blonde
While their names are crazy, we guarantee that you should definitely find some time to check out the drinks here—they have a great variety and are always accommodating to your preferences.
Altogether, we had a phenomenal time and were super happy with everything that we got to try. Once again, thank you Vietnam Restaurant for having us!
Please help support your local restaurants when you can! The restaurant is also on UberEats, DoorDash and Fantuan should you wish to order for takeout online.
The location is available for take-out and their hours of operation are:
• Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30AM-8PM
• Friday-Saturday: 11:30AM-9PM • Sunday-Monday: Closed
The restaurant is located at 1074 Dundas St E, London, ON N5W 3A6.
*Disclaimer: Hours of operation and dine-in are subject to change. While London in Lockdown, please make sure to stay safe and healthy and support your local restaurants in the way you believe is most safe for you.*