HOP Vietnamese, as the name suggests, is all about bringing the rich and aromatic food of Vietnam to the streets of London, proudly proclaiming their values of fast, fresh and fearless. In a sea of boring and beige for lunchtime convenience, we were dead keen on trying HOP having walked past on several occasions, our tummies growling at the delicious aromas gently wafting out the restaurant near Broadgate Circle. It seemed like the perfect place to start our adventures in uncovering London’s lunch scene and the first participant of the London Lunch Club.
We dropped into HOP Vietnamese’s branch in Broadgate, in the shadow of Liverpool Street station, on a number of days last week, sampling dishes from a gorgeous chargrilled caramel pork hot box (£7.45) to a chargrilled beef Banh Mi baguette (£6.95), packed with fresh herbs, may, onion, cucumber, spring onion, pickled veg and of course, chilli.
We found all of the dishes punchy with flavour, living up to the fresh credentials; the sweet warm nuoc dressing on the pork hot box, in particular, was a delightful combination, some may even say a taste sensation. It looked gorgeous too.
As a plus, HOP offers a click and collect option which is super handy for workers in the city who are pressed for time and need healthy and speedy nourishment; HOP also packages their food in foil trays which keep the food warm and presentable in the scurry back to the office.
Leaving with an accompanying snack, such as crisps and a drink, won’t leave you much out of a £10 note, so it’s not a highly-affordable everyday lunchtime destination, but one certainly worthwhile a visit on a treat-day.
Bravo to HOP Vietnamese for bringing the exciting flavours of Hanoi to London, a very welcome addition to the breakfast and lunch scene and one we shall be coming back to very soon.
Broadgate & Coleman Street