122 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DP
I only discovered the string of Vietnamese restaurants on the Kingsland Road last year, but I've been a frequent visitor ever since, and Mien Tay has to be one of the best of them. Less glossy than some of the others perhaps, but the food is what we go for, and the food is goooood. Crispy spring rolls, or translucently wrapped fresh rolls, clay pots with Vietnamese curries thick with coconut, stir fried morning glory, peppered squid, bowls of pho. Prawn crackers to start and orange segments to finish. It is BYOB which is another bonus, especially pre-night out in Shoreditch.
One word of warning: it gets very busy on a Friday or Saturday night, so either book ahead or be prepared to queue. (Or go to M's homeland and visit the recently opened branch in Wellingborough, which apparently is just as good, and far less busy)