July 31st, 2012
I had dinner with Catie at Hai Ha, a Vietnamese restaurant in Hackney last week. Hai Ha is generally referred to as Mandy’s (after it’s owner) and it was the first Vietnamese restaurant on Mare Street when it opened in 1998 (there are many now). We had no trouble getting a table and the staff were very attentive.
For the main course we had a Xao Dia Gang Muc – squid with chilli and lemon grass,
and a Mon Goi – house salad with prawns. We also had a bowl of steamed rice on the side.
It’s BYOB, so we took a crisp, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, which went well with the seafood and chilli.
Everything was excellent and reasonably priced – I’ll definitely be going back!
They also do online takeaway and delivery orders, via this website.