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Au LacOne of a small number of London’s ethnic restaurants to have a branch in its native country, Au Lac is a large Vietnamese eatery a few minutes walk off the main strip of Old Street’s nightlife. The menu is suitably exotic, with plenty of richly-flavoured Vietnamese seafood, alongside the Oriental restaurant standards.

Bahn Quon steamed rolls were irresistibly light and tasty and arrived in a pile large enough to make a meal on their own. Char-grilled monkfish was a great seafood variation on the duck pancakes so familiar from Chinatown, with crisp, thin Bahn Quon pancakes. Our waiter failed to warn us when we accidentally ordered a traditional Vietnamese crab dish and was unable to explain to us how to get into it using only chopsticks, but the bits we could get at were rich with spicy aromas that perfectly complemented the salty, succulent crab.

Prices are as low as the portions are huge, yet the restaurant was completely empty on a Thursday evening, with only two others dining in a space that could comfortably have seated 40. The reason is glaringly obvious, in an unappealing décor and a set of too-bright lights that create an atmosphere as intimate as McDonalds, but rather less cheery.

This is a more than decent restaurant, which is excellent value, but it will have to seriously redecorate if it is to attract the limited passing trade on the Kingsland Road.

 

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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Old Street Tube Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
Liverpool Street Tube Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Hoxton Overground Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Leonard Street Car Park
 
7 minutes walk
 
Great Eastern Street NCP
 
8 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £127  30% off
335-337 Old Street, EC1V | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £91  33% off
100 Shoreditch High Street, E1 | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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Holiday Inn Express London-City
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel   from £48  39% off
275 Old Street, EC1V | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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Tay Do Cafe
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
65 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Viet Hoa
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
74 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Song Que
London > Restaurants > South East Asian restaurants
134 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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Viet Grill
London > Restaurants >
58 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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The Grocery Cafe
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
54-56 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
This Shoreditch cafe on Kingsland Road is a great spot for the full English. You can breakfast on poached eggs, cooked tomatoes and succulent sausages while ... More
 
 
 
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Chopsticks Of Fury
London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
52 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 19th January to 10th March 2018 - 10am-6pm
Au Lac, 82 Kingsland Road, E2 | Same location as Au Lac
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Catherine Story: Shadow
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 25th November 2017 to 3rd February 2018 - 12noon-6pm
Au Lac, 99 Hoxton Street, N1 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
Story's first solo exhibition featuring works inspired by North African architecture and early cinema....More
 
 
 
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London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: 5th April 2017 to 28th March 2018 - 7pm-1am
Au Lac, 83 Rivington Street, Kingsland Viaduct, EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Entertainment > Theatres
130 Hoxton Street, Hoxton, London N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Comedy Cafe
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
66-68 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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Shoreditch Electric Light Station
London > Entertainment >
Coronet Street, Hoxton, London N1 | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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Limoncello
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
340-344 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E8 | 2 minutes from Au Lac
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Geffrye Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
136 Kingsland Road, Hackney, London E2 | 3 minutes from Au Lac
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20 Hoxton Square
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
20 Hoxton Square, Hoxton, London N1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Boxpark
London > Shopping >
Boxpark, Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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The MOO Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
Unit 27, BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Leila's
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
17 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 7 minutes from Au Lac
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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City Journalism
London > Education > Professional Training
106 Bunhill Row, City, London EC1Y | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure >
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 11 minutes from Au Lac
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All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 12 minutes from Au Lac
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London Fencing Club
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Norman Street, Clerkenwell, London EC1V | 15 minutes from Au Lac
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The Bricklayers Arms
London > Nightlife > Pubs
63 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 5 minutes from Au Lac
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The Royal Oak
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
73 Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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Fanny Nelsons
London > Nightlife > Pubs
32 Horatio Street, E2 | 6 minutes from Au Lac
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TT Liquor
London > Nightlife > Bars
17B Kingsland Road, E2 | 1 minute from Au Lac
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Sager + Wilde
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
193 Hackney Road, Hackney, London E2 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Bar Kick
London > Nightlife > Bars
127 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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Shoreditch Town Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
380 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V | 4 minutes from Au Lac
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London > Business > Venue Hire
City Road, City, London EC1Y | 12 minutes from Au Lac
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 14 minutes from Au Lac
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Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 17th December 2018 

XOYO 8 minutes walk from Au Lac

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The Queen of Hoxton Winter Rooftop: The Moroccan Medina
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Exhibitions | Until 31st January 2018 

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Basquiat: Boom for Real
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Exhibitions | Until 28th January 2018 

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This September, the Barbican hosts the first large-scale exhibition in the UK on late American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Basquiat: Boom ...More

 
The People's Forest: Gayle Chong Kwan
Exhibitions | Until 18th March 2018 

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A contemporary visual art project which explores the history, politics, and people of London's ancient woodland, Epping Forest....More

Basquiat: Boom For Real
Exhibitions | Until 28th January 2018 

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Over 100 paintings and drawings by American graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition will focus on the artist's relationship to ...More

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