Weekend Closed

Due to family commitments The Cart in Tho Xuong will be closed Saturday April 12th and Sunday April 13th.  It will re-open usual on Monday 14th.  The Cart Nghi Tam will continue to open normal hours. 

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Price Rises from March 2014

piesquareDespite pretty hefty inflation here in Vietnam over the last couple of years – we’ve avoided any price rises since April 2012 as we’ve always tried to keep our food affordable – especially with those people in mind who ring us day-in day-out to deliver their lunch.

While, after two years, we’ve had to give in to the inevitable with selected price rises we’re doing what we can to keep everything as affordable as ever.

Drinks and cakes will remain at the same pre-2012 prices.  No change there.

Pies are now priced from 75,000 vnd to 90,000 up from 65,000 vnd to 80,000 vnd.

The sandwiches on the menu will go up from 65,000 to 75,000.

There will be further rises on food ordered via eat.vn and Vietnammm.  Unlike many other places, to-date we’ve swallowed the 10% charge that they levy on all deliveries.  However from now, online prices via these services will increase slightly to help cover this.

For the best value and to ensure you’re made aware of daily specials it’s best to ring us direct to arrange lunchtime deliveries.


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Happy Christmas to all our customers!

Loan and staff at The Cart would like to say Happy Christmas to all our customers.  We hope that you have a fantastic Christmas Day.

The Cart will be closed on December 25th but will re-open as normal from December 26th. The Cart will also be closed January 1st.


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Closed September 1 – 2

Hi everyone.  Just a quick note to let you know that both outlets of The Cart will be closed from September 1 – 2 for national holidays.

Both will re-open from Tuesday.  Have a great break. 

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Opening Times this week

Just to let you know The Cart (Tho Xuong) in Hoan Kiem District, will close tomorrow Tuesday April 30th for two days, opening again on Thursday April 2nd. 

The Cart (Nghi Tam) in Tay Ho District, will be open tomorrow Tuesday April 30th before closing on Wednesday April 1st  and reopening Thursday April 2nd.  The Cart (Nghi Tam) delivers to the Tay Ho area between 10am and 3pm. 

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Switching to Vietnamese Coffee


One weekend last year we had a busier than anticipated couple of days which meant we ran out of coffee from our usual supplier by lunchtime Sunday.

Rather than leaving customers caffeineless, we sourced some coffee at the next door Thuy Thanh shop. Following a recent recommendation, we tried the Cafes Folliet brand from Les Vergers Du Mekong.

Bracing ourselves for complaints we watched as regulars did a double take at their coffee then eagerly sipped on.  We received more compliments on the brew in a couple of hours that we had in the previous two years.

By chance we visited a nearby restaurant that evening and our after-dinner coffees arrived in Cafes Folliet cups and it too went down very well.

With the new Tho Xuong branch replacing the old Au Trieu one and with a new coffee machine installed we put off making the leap but we’re chuffed to be going Vietnamese – albeit aligned with a little French know how.

It’s our customers’ tastes that matter but to these taste buds I’d describe the new brew as a little bit stronger.  Can I say it’s got a bit more personality without that sounding a little too food writer?

A little bit of info from the website, the coffee consists of: “Arabica from small farmers of the Highlands in Vietnam, Robusta from different Vietnamese regions and different blends.”

A quick peruse of the back of the coffee bag and it promises caffeine of between 2.2% and 2.4%

In short it’s a world away from the moca-like Vietnamese coffee that works so well with sweet milk and ice but less well as espresso. However, we’re also going to be looking at more iced options once the warmer weather sets in and may utlise more of Les Vergers Du Mekong’s range for this purpose.

Beyond buying local (albeit from the South) we’re also delighted to see our new suppliers’ commitment to the environment.

Coffee is important to us and our customers.  That’s why we lug 30 kilo machines back from the UK.  It’s why we’ve imported proper double walled takeaway ripple cups.  It’s why we stock KeepCups for those who want takeaway but not the waste (we love these people the most). Everyone has their favourite brand and you can’t please them all but Cafe Folliets has had only compliments so far.

We’ll slowly be switching over the branding from our old supplier. The cups are being replaced, the signs are coming down, we’ll try and weed out the many mentions on the website. But yes, the coffee we’re serving is now Vietnamese.


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Happy New Year / Tet Closing



Just a quick note to say that both The Cart outlets will be closed after today (February 7th) and will re-open on Monday, February 18th.

To all our customers have a brilliant Tet and very very snakey New Year.  Chuc Mung Nam Moi!


Loan & Staff

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From everyone at The Cart…


From everyone at The Cart we’d just like to wish you a wonderful 2013 and remind you that both branches will be closed on New Year’s Day, January 1st.  We’re looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

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