Noodles in London

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge fan of rice noodle dishes. I could eat lovely, greasy, spicy noodles for lunch and dinner everyday. I actually think it’s starting to be a problem!

I can fully recommend the following restaurants in London for great wheat free dishes;

Wok Wok (nearest station, Clapham Junction mainline station)

I ordered a chicken Phad Thai here and it was excellent. Proper chicken bits off the bone, lots of fried egg and crushed nuts and a really generous serving. Good prices and they bring you free prawn crackers as soon as you sit down and give you jelly beans with your bill!

The Vietnam (nearest station Cutty Sark on the DLR or Greenwich mainline station)

I ordered a starter of Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Rice Noodles with Beef here. The spring rolls had been deep fried and were very crispy. Vietnamese spring rolls are made with rice sheets rolled up and contain meat, normally mince or prawns, spring onions and other veg. I couldn’t tell you what was in these ones but they were fab!
The rice noodles were lovely, serving was generous, came with huge pieces of beef, pak choi leaves and a delicious sauce.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is a tad odd and the service hit and miss but the food makes up for it!

The Elephant & Castle (nearest station, Elephant & Castle tube)

This pub is just off a really busy roundabout, is filled with daytime drinkers and has really dodgy tables and chairs (as in one chair to every table if you’re lucky – where do all the chairs go? I’m picturing bar-room brawls where chairs get broken over heads) but they serve really great Vietnamese food!
I had the Phad Thai here and it was faultless and bloody huge! I seem to remember getting a nod from the chef who I recall was wearing one of those big chef hats when I asked for chopsticks!

Busaba Eathai (various locations, I’ve only been to the one on Wardour Street)

This restaurant has about 4 or 5 different kinds of Phad Thai, my kind of place! I can also recommend the fish cakes to start (although I’m not 100% sure they are wheat free, I can normally tell when something has flour in and these have never made me feel ill). Basically, everything I’ve tried here is fantastic.
The tables are communal and it gets really busy at weekends so my only gripe is that if you go at a busy time, you feel kinda rushed in and out.


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