The new restaurant will be the second Kêu-branded site from Vietnamese restaurateur Hieu Bui, who opened the first site in Shoreditch in 2012. With the Soho site, Bui intends to build on the flagship site’s success.
The new site will be located at 9 Poland Street and will have 30 covers. It will be run by restaurant manager Nghia Bui.
In terms of design, the restaurant will take a ‘non-themed approach to Vietnam’. It will be a light space featuring bare wood, large windows, communal tables and bar window seating.
The restaurant will offer a simple menu concept which will include Bahn Mi bowls and buns. It will offer customers the option of takeaway as well as eating in.
Food and drink offering
With its menu, Kêu intends to offer ‘fresh’ and ‘authentic’ Vietnamese dishes. Its cooking style will draw on culinary influences from Vietnam, as well as methods used in the UK.
Typical dishes on its menu include Uncle’s Vinh Belly Bowl (cold noodles, crispy pork belly, Vietnamese herbs, and cold anchovy broth), Bún Xào Chay (a vermicelli tofu bowl with organic puffy tofu, cashew nuts, Chinese chives, bean sprouts, and soy sauce) and Banh Mi Keu (mortadella, pork floss, chicken liver pâté, and spiced pork belly ham terrine).
In terms of its drinks menu, Kêu will have a simple non-alcoholic offering including a range of milkshakes and smoothies such as an avocado shake and Matcha milkshake. It will also serve Vietnamese coffee hot or cold.
Its alcohol menu serves sake based cocktails such as Fansipan Mountain and Hoan Kiem Lake. It will also serve the Vietini, a Vietnamese coffee martini. Other alcoholic drinks on offer will include sake and soshu, craft and Vietnamese beer, and a small selection of wines.