Authentic Vietnamese on Holloway Road...? I didn't believe it either but it's true!
OA ComTam, N7
OA Com Tam opened recently opposite Holloway Road station and is serving up some classic authentic Vietnamese dishes including SaiGon-style broken rice, Hue- style noodle soup and Hanoi Beef Noodle Soup using fresh ingredients.
I’ve been to OA Com Tam a few times now and it’s been better each time. Originally the main focus of the menu was Com Tam, Vietnamese broken rice with a range of fresh meat, fish and veg options like King Mackerel with pineapple and stuffed Calamari. There also offered Bahn Mi baguettes with various fillings and a couple of sides including some excellent Prawn Summer Rolls for just £1.80.
With winter approaching and after lots of customer requests the menu has been expanded to include beef, chicken of tofu Pho and Bun Bo Hue – Hue’s version of Pho in a lemongrass and chilli soup. I had the Beef Bun Bo Hue (£6.20), last time I visited and it was awesome! A lovely warming broth with silky noodles, good quality ingredients and the right amount of heat.
I’m so glad something like OA Com Tam has opened on Holloway Road. It’s pretty out of place amongst the chicken shops and cheap cafés but I can see myself going here a lot over the winter for a warming lunchtime soup. The summer rolls are great value, everything I’ve tried has impressed me and the staff are all lovely and chatty (especially Anne).
The only thing that lets it down for me is the decor, it’s very… orange and is laid out like a quick in and out café, which doesn’t work well as a dinner setting.