In a bold move the owners of Me Me restaurant have chosen not to open it on Kingsland road. Me Me is located as far away as possible from East London (or so it seems) in Fulham and I went there with American in London, Eat Noodles Love Noodles, Tamarind and Thyme and Chopstix to Steak Knifes to see if a Vietnamese restaurant could really survive outside the hallowed turf of Kingsland road.
It took the five of us just one dish to decide the answer was a resolute no. Sure Me Me looked the part with its no frills decor and bare wooden tables. However sadly all the energy which had been saved on the look and feel of the restaurant had not been diverted into the food.
There were some dishes that are worth mentioning. The pho (£6.50) at Me Me was excellent. The pungent broth had great depth and there was just the right amount of bouncy noodles, fatty beef and mint. Aubergine noodle salad (£6.50) also brilliant showcasing the classic Thai sweet and sour combinations in a salad of slippery noodles and silky aubergine.
However, the rest of the dishes lacked the same care and attention to detail and made us question what we had just crossed town for.
Summer rolls (£3.90) were beautifully presented and had a great crisp taste however I was not impressed to discover lurid pink artificial crab stick within the rice paper wrapping. Chicken wings (£5) were also tough and inedible.
The golden pancake (£6.50) was a light on its stuffing of bean sprouts, prawns and pork and none of the individual elements of the dish impressed.
I love a great cheap and cheerful Vietnamese restaurant but unfortunately Me Me is not one of those. Some dishes such as the pho were done very well but the majority disappointed.