Went to Taydo for lunch yesterday. Food still very good but their lunch specials no longer exist! To add to my disappointment they've put up their prices on average by about £1/1.50. Fresh Summer Rolls for example used to be £2.80. They are now £4! :(
12 reviews of Tay Do in English
The price has increased massively since then and quality has gone down hill.
The beef in my noodles tasted like rubber dog meat, most of which I had to spit out due to being indigestible. My partners noodle dish was more than %50 chopped onions. The service was terrible, including having my table prepared for next in line within 1 min of finishing my main.
The prices have also gone up, making it not good value at all.
Was recommended this place by a friend, whose husband is Vietnamese, and was excited about going.
Had a vietnamese salad, which was freshly made but lacked any taste sensations.
My friend and I both ordered the pho, she had seafood and I had the beef. Hers tasted much nicer and I asked the waiter if they had added MSG to my beef, he said yes but just a bit. He said that if I did not want it next time to say so. He was very polite but does seem a bit stange to ask for chemicals not to be added to your food.
Last week we arranged a party at home but I did not have enough to spend for 10 friends but my boy friend told me that try Tay do. when I compared it was very fair price but the problem with home delivery but we lackey that got a contact MySalivation.com -MySalivation Delivers. we order online the food was fresh , hot and I recommend the Pho Bo rare beef soup.
This eating out game is a subjective business. My missus, who was sitting at the same table (as we tend to), would report a thoroughly different experience: from her perspective they deserve four stars, from mine only two. So we're meeting in the middle with three.
Alas, she was thoroughly satisfied. For me, there are other options along Kingsland Road more competitively priced and serving up far fresher tasting dishes. I felt that everything lacked said freshness and furthermore that the meat wasn't of the highest standards; my wife begs to differ. I also discovered for the first time in my life that, unless you're a fox, there actually is such a thing as too much chicken. Mine, with only a trace of promised lemongrass and chilli, was like an old EU chicken mountain or the battlefield after the 1863 Chicken Wars and the taste was still lingering six hours later as I strived to work it off in the gym. It’s not often you find me griping about too much birdage, so it must have been serious.
Fair play, the service was spot on. We'd originally planned and got as far as taking our seats in our usual and favourite place just up the road, but as over ten minutes elapsed without them even acknowledging our existence on the planet we upped sticks and ended up here.
Labouring the already well-laboured point: my wife loved it, I think they could do better.
My favourite cheap lunch spot. Lunch menu boasts a variety of main courses, plus you can have a soup or half sesame prawn toast for £4.30. Yes, FOUR POUNDS THIRTY... Eat in or take away. I recommend no's 2, 20 or 27 from their special lunch menu (don't laugh - when you see the menu all will become clear).
Great also for non fancy Vietnamese. Staff are friendly. Place always packed, particularly on Thursday evenings - you can take your own booze. What more could you ask for?
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princessjasmine, 14 September 2010:
Recommend this place for a cheap bite to eat. They do a fantastic lunch special at the moment, prawn toast or soup + a choice of main course for £4.30! I had chicken chow mein and it was very tasty. Plenty of room too, and the Hue beer went down well.
One of the cheapest eats I have had in London, with massive pho portions as well! The bean sprouts that they give you are stacked so high that they are literally falling off the plate.
However, the pho came somewhat lukewarm, and the taste was just so-so, with the soup broth very weak. They are very generous with the beef slices though, as well as the quantity of noodles given.
Service was prompt but our waiter was not very friendly and had a stone-wall face on him all the time.
It is a BYO restaurant (no alcohol is served), but they do charge a £1 fee for corkage per person.
This place would get 4 stars from me if it was located anywhere else in London, but on Kingsland Road it does have very stiff competition and unfortunately it will not be one of my favourites there.
This place has the best food on Kingland Road. Usually very fast, fresh and delicious. Living only minutes away from there I’m quiet a regular.
Only thing is the service: They ask you to order appetiser, main dish and dessert all at once and hate taking additional orders. BUT the more you come in, the more they recognize you the better they treat you!
Best value for money as well!
Very popular with large groups, cheap and good food, this is a perfect place to grab a decent bowl of noodles. Two things to watch out for; service can be slow when the place is busy (that’s 'usually’) and when it’s full, the noise is deafening.
But if you go on your own, take an iPod or a pair of earplugs, you’ll have a great time. Lunchtime, when it’s less busy, and quieter, is perfect.
Great value, fast, fresh and delicious!
I came to Tay Do with a load of friends, a party of 20, and we wanted somewhere inexpensive and tasty.
Another friend of mine recommended Tay Do, as he had had some great meals there, and so we went for it.
Tay Do is always a very buzzy lively place, and is probably not the place for a quiet romantic meal, but if you’re looking for delicious Vietnamese food, freshly cooked, and full of flavour, then you can do a lot worse than coming here!
I particularly recommend the Pho Bo rare beef soup, and the cool and fresh tasting Summer Rolls, delicious!
Tay do is another of the stars of Kingsland Road. Same rules apply, you bring your wine or beers in, you ask for all the food altogether (no starters-main structure) and you bear in mind they are big portions, so don’t be tempted to ask for loads of items just because you are hungry or because the price is good.
If you are wise enough you could have a great dinner and pay way less than 10 pounds.
Tay do, or, actually, any of the Vietnamese in Kingsland road is a convenient restaurant if you are going out around Shoreditch, Old street or Brick lane.
Food is great. Noodles are not bad, and the meat dishes are superb. It is like a chinesse restaurant but leaner, more aromatic and basically with a more flavoursome twist to it.
My safe bet is noodle soups. They are massive and full of fresh herbs, chillies and soy on side. They are also full of meat and seafood or whatever it is meant to have. You know when you ask for a poultry or prawns dish and you get just enough to be seen but no to be chewed???? Like in most indian restaurants where you cannot see the lamb all covered in the sauce????
here is different, you ask for duck soup you do get it.
tay do, the second one going towards hackney right after the Viet Grill
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