Vietnamese restaurant, Food 4/5, Price about £10 for 2 courses, Waiting time 5-10 mins per course, Atmosphere 4/5 website
Me Me is a refreshing antidote to the array of sterile carbon copy highstreet restaurant chains that fill up Fulham Broadway shopping centre, just across the road. It’s also the detox alternative to Bodean’s Grill nearby.
The food is several notches above the much hyped chain “Pho” in both taste and variety. The fresh summer rolls are wrapped in skilfully prepared rice paper – neither soggy nor dry in the slightest. They’re filled with plenty of prawns and aromatic herbs and is served with a lovely warm peanut-based sauce. The flat rice noodles in the pho (noodle soup) have the right amount of bite left in them and the clear broth is pure yet rich as a spiced meat soup should be. It’s up to you to experiment with the different elements of flavour provided by the traditional pho garnish – chilli, lime leaves, lemon and raw bean sprouts.
There are plenty of dishes that veer away from traditional Vietamese and show Chinese influence. The stir-fried chicken in chilli and lemongrass has the familiar garlicky saltiness of a stir-fry, but with added sweetness and depth from the lemongrass and other herbs. The only minor source of disappointment was the coconut rice, which turned out to be thai rice sprinkled with dry desiccated coconut. The crunchy goi salad, strongly characterised by kohlrabi turnip, peanuts and herbs, was extremely moreish with its delectable sweet-sour dressing.
Even though the restaurant seats many diners, the atmosphere is that of a cozy, family-run independent restaurant. Simple, comfortable and not at all gimmicky. On a Friday evening, it was busy with locals but the service was still prompt and attentive.