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Cay Tre Soho

42-43 Dean Street, Soho, London, United Kingdom, W1D 4PZ
Critics Review 11/20
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Monday to Thursday 11:00–23:00
Friday to Saturday 11:00–23:30
Sunday 11:00–22:00

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome
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About Cay Tre Soho

If you’re looking for Soho’s most authentic Vietnamese restaurant, look no further than Cây Tre. Combining the unique aromatic flavours of Vietnam with an atmosphere replicating the hustle and bustle of busy Vietnamese life, Cây Tre will sweep you off your feet and drop you in the land of the rising sun. As with all of our Vietnamese restaurants, we pride ourselves on offering an authentic taste of Vietnam using fresh, well sourced ingredients from the British Isles.

We have a saying at Cây Tre, which is 'to make the simplest of dishes taste good you need the ingredients of time and passion' and you can be assured we have plenty of both. Every dish, from our street food snacks to our a la carte delicacies, is lovingly prepared with this saying in mind. Take our classic beef Pho for example, which takes over 18 hours to make! Likewise, our wine list is carefully selected by renowned wine writer Malcolm Gluck to match the aromatic dishes on the menu.

What’s more, we also offer a Vietnamese takeaway service and can deliver to your home or office. So, if you’re in London’s Soho and are looking for sophisticated Asian cuisine on the go, be sure to give us a call!

Cuisine: Vietnamese
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: $ $
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
11/20
A flashier sister to the original in Hoxton, Cay Tre (whose owners also run the Viet Grill) in Soho is a more ambitious version of the well-established premises in Old Street. The premises are still distinctly casual, though rather smarter than the original location. The room has a low ceiling, tightly packed tables, plain walls, tiled floor, no tablecloths and plastic bottles of hot sauce on each table. The short wine list starts at £18 and includes wines such as Tinpot Hut Sauignon Blanc 2010 at a hefty £38 for a wine you can pick up for £10 in the shops, De Loach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 at an excessive £31 for a wine that retails at £7, and Cave de Hunawihr Gewürztraminer Grand Cru Schoenenbourg 2007 at £49 for a wine that will set you back £16 in the shops. Given these egregious mark-up levels I drank Tiger beer (£4.50). Mackerel salad (£7) was pleasant, the pieces of mackerel bulked out with watercress and herbs with a light and not overly spicy citrus dressing (12/20). This was better than vegetarian spring rolls (£4.50), which were crisp but had pale and rather bulky batter encasing the shredded vegetables (11/20). Red sea prawns with chayote (£9.50) were properly cooked (fried just a little too long), and resting amongst herbs and strips of chayote (a squash). This dish badly needed some spices to liven it up in my view, as chayote is a fairly bland taste (11/20 given the decent prawns). Soft shell crab curry (£8.50) with curry leaves and tamarind was not a success. The crab had become completely soggy in the sauce, as had some okra; other than the shape you would be hard pressed to identify the main component as crab at all, and I found it inedible (10/20). Chinese broccoli with garlic (£9) was decently cooked, still retaining some firmness of texture (12/20). Pho with mushrooms (£9) was also fine, the noodles adequate and the stock having plenty of fresh herbs to enliven it; amongst the oyster mushrooms were a few more exotic ones, including the odd girolle (12/20). The bill at £40 a head, with just two beers between us, could hardly be regarded as a bargain. Service was quite efficient, under the leadership of a manager (Rory) who used to work at The Savoy Grill. Overall I was not particularly taken with Cay Tre. Some dishes were pleasant, but there were some disappointments too, and slips that are forgivable in a cheap canteen become less so in a smarter setting at this price level.
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Visited On Monday, 16 October 2017

Generally good - friendly staff. Yummy starters and good cocktail menu. The cassava noodle with crab on the back page of the menu had zero taste though - my friend left his, I reluctantly ate mine. It was like a pad Thai with zero flavour - disappointing.

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Visited On Friday, 13 October 2017

I have been to the Cay Tre on Old Street many times and loved it. The food, service, and atmosphere have always been superb. I was therefore looking forward to my visit to the new Cay Tre in Soho. From the first minute I could tell that the experience would not be as nice. When we arrived, there was no-one to greet us. We waited for two minutes before we asked someone about our reservation. Without replying, someone left and went into the back, and half a minute later a visibly flustered woman (presumably the manager) emerged who verified our booking. However, instead of dealing it with it herself, she turned away from us, without welcoming us, and asked a member of staff to seat us. The member of staff appeared to refuse, despite the fact she was doing nothing but standing at the front of the bar. The manager (as I presume her to be) then asked te barman to seat us. After being seated, no-one came to welcome us or ask for our order. We had to stop a member of the service staff walking past us, this after 10 minutes of being seated. We ordered the wrap and rolls platter, a BBQ vermicelli bowl, and a seafood ramen. The wraps and rolls, and the vermicelli noodles were good, but neither were to the standard of what I have had at the Old Street location. For example, the pork in my vermicelli had significant amounts of fat and gristle. I have always loved Cay Tre and recommended it to others. I am concerned that the standard of service and cooking at the Soho location reflects a trend across both sites. I am unlikely to return, sadly.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 October 2017

Lovely food although red wine came chilled. But so loud I had to shout to be heard, not much fun

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It’s a bit noisy but Best Vietnamese food in London.

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Visited On Monday, 09 October 2017

Great place!

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Great food big portions

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Would love to go there again, the food was just superb!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Service was way too rushed. The second course was brought before we'd finished the starters. The waiter kept rushing us in to ordering at the beginning. And then cleared the plates away too quickly. They need to slow down and let us relax.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

Great food

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Visited On Saturday, 23 September 2017

Great inexpensive Vietnamese in central London

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Great food,will return in the future

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Visited On Thursday, 14 September 2017

We had to wait a good 20 minutes to be seated (although we booked) and food took a bit longer than normal- however it was a Thursday, 7:30pm and soho so that is expected! Food was amazing! Can't fault it at all! I wish I remembered the name of our waiter because he was brilliant! So patient, knew the menu inside out and made an effort to make sure we were comfortable! Thank you so so much! Can't wait to come back!

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Visited On Monday, 11 September 2017

Service seemed short handed - they brought us the wrong dishes twice, took a while to notice us.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 September 2017

Food was tasty but the squid in my pho was a bit chewy and the seafood starter sharer was a bit small for £15.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Service was awful. Impossible to attract attention of staff, waited ages for drinks and food, got our order wrong TWICE (and took the drink away when I was literally drinking it), and had the cheek to charge us service charge.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 September 2017

Very nice

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Visited On Sunday, 03 September 2017

Large bowls, very filling plus great tasting

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Visited On Friday, 01 September 2017

Great food, nice service. Better booking a seat to avoid waiting.

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Visited On Thursday, 24 August 2017

Great location, authentic food. Busy and vibrant atmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 26 August 2017

Delicious Vietnamese food with attentive and friendly service. Will definitely come back!

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Visited On Friday, 25 August 2017

We usually come before going on to see some music at Ronnìe Scotts. That said we have discovered some favourites on the menu that we really like. It's consistently lovely food thanks.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Friendly, welcoming staff serving good authentic cuisine that's value for money. Strongly recommend!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Best pho in london

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Food is really good, the atmosphere is good hut can get too loud. Service isn't bad but understaffed during peak times had to keep getting the attention of a waiter or waitress to order food. I would still come here the bowls and Pho are the best 🍲

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Visited On Saturday, 05 August 2017

Great food but took a while to arrive

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