Cafe Nem

options VEGETARIAN options
options VEGAN options
Vegetarian, many mock meat varieties
vegetarian & vegan
non vegetarian

Opening Times

Mon- Thurs: 5.30pm to 10.00pm
Tues: Closed
Fri- Sat: 10.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 10.30pm to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10.00pm


Telephone: 020 8863 6144

Website: www.cafenem.co.uk


123 Headstone Road
Middlesex HA1 1PG

8 minutes walk from Harrow on the Hill tube station, 4 minutes walk from St Georges shopping centre/car park


Reviews By
Incredible Rude Staff and Terrible Customer Service I used to be a regular at Café Nem, both at the restaurant and for take away, but unfortunately standards have dramatically fallen in recent times. As a vegetarian, I always make sure that my order is made clearly and reconfirm when the food is brought to the table / on collection. For a recent takeaway, I had ordered a vegetarian crispy duck and was disappointed to arrive home to find that I had been given real duck (notwithstanding that I had checked with the waitress when I picked it up). On being informed if their mistake, the restaurant staff were not seem bothered at all and even suggested that I had actually ordered real duck and was to blame for the mistake! I explained that I had confirmed the order with a member of staff on collection, to which the staff member (who was someone different) simply replied, well it was not to me! At this stage I responded by saying I was very disappointed with level of customer service, especially as the rest of my food (which I was assured was correct) was getting cold and the fact that I had to return to the restaurant to correct their mistake. The staff member simply replied by saying they did not have time to argue and placed a full cash refund on the table and walked away! Mistakes happen, but as a vegetarian being served meat is a major one. However, even then I would have been willing to let it pass (luckily I had not eaten anything) if it had been dealt with politely and with consideration. Sadly this was not the case – I will not be returning to the restaurant again. Negative Etoile
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:45:43 +0100
Veggie Inn had been taken over by Cafe Nem. Totally refurbished with a new menu providing a wide range of Vietnamese/Oriental Cuisine with the choice of Vegetarian Mock Meats and Mock Seafoods and also Non Vegetarian dishes. All the vegetarian foods are strickly prepared separately. Positive Jessie Phong
Tue, 29 May 2012 15:47:43 +0100
New Vietnamese restaurant providing vegetarian and non vegetarian food. Famous for it's traditional Vietnamese Pho, Summer Rolls and Banh Xeo. Menu are available at www.cafenem.co.uk Neutral jessie phong
Mon, 28 May 2012 00:46:11 +0100
Use to go here often and am very sad that they have closed, does anyone know if they have relocated somewhere else? Neutral H in Harrow
Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:19:45 +0000
Please note that this restaurant has now closed down. Neutral Siew Lin Kuan
Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:37:13 +0000
We went for lunch here a couple of Saturdays ago, but found the restaurant closed (we were very upset!). We think it may have closed down - can anybody else verify this? We've been told about Yummy V - another similar restaurant around the corner, but haven't been there yet so cannot provide any feedback... Neutral M Kaur
Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:12:08 +0100
I've been coming to the restaurant for many years and while the quality of the food may have varied a bit over time (I assume chefs have changed) the proprietor is very personable and always extends a warm welcome. The diversity of choice means that I can visit two or more times a week and have an enjoyable but different meal (or takeaway) each time. Of all the Chinese restaurants offering vegetarian food in Harrow, most of the others not being purely vegan, this is definitely my favourite! Positive Sunali
Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:06:15 +0100
Went with a large group of people, menu choice is good but they lie a lot. For example, a portion of dumplings is meant to be six pieces but they only bring four. And tell you that they have made them bigger. Found the food extremely oily. Had to ask the waitress for a drink several times before they brought it. There are better chinese restaurants than this one, I will not be goin back in a hurry Negative anjli
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 23:32:46 +0100
first visit yesterday. lovely food, lots of choice. very welcoming hostess. food arrived quickly. will be going back Positive j cousins
Sun, 02 Aug 2009 19:10:52 +0100
First visit last night. Really excellent. Tiny restaurant, rather brightly lit, but spic and span. Welcoming hostess. Scrumptious food. Beforehand, had qualms about veggie food pretending to be 'meat' but it's wonderful. Will certainly visit many times again. Pricing is reasonable. Positive Judy
Thu, 21 Feb 2008 10:13:02 +0000
Wonderful restaurant. If you've been to Peking Palace then this place is a must-visit. Although I prefer Peking Palace, the Veggie Inn has to be my second favourite restaurant. If you are Vegan be careful since the veggie ham contains milk even though the site says "dairy free"... I found this out after buying a frozen loaf of it from them! Very friendly staff, small restaurant but a very nice atmosphere. Neutral John Harvey
Tue, 25 Sep 2007 01:04:19 +0100
A lovely little restaurant in the wastelands of central Harrow! (right behind the main shopping centre and underground station). No garlic, leeks or onion used (Buddhist), but a really wonderful meal. If you can't make it to the Daddy of Chinese Vegetarian restaurants - Tien Hiang in Paris - then this is a good second. Positive Paul
Wed, 13 Sep 2006 00:00:00 +0100
We decided to visit the Veggie Inn after reading the reviews, and we were not disappointed. What an amazing menu! It was fantastic to have so much choice. The staff are very helpful, and the service is very quick. It is small restaurant that could be easily missed, but keep looking, as it is so worth it. We will not go any where else now! Try the lemon chicken - WOW! Positive Gill Prett
Wed, 05 Jul 2006 00:00:00 +0100
Wonderful mainly vegan Chinese restaurant. I felt truly privileged to live just down the road and we ate there or had takeaways regularly. It's the thing I most miss about no longer living in Harrow. Super food, like one of the other reviewers I found the fake fish a bit too "fishy" for me but other than that I loved everything I tried there. Positive Lesley Dove
Tue, 21 Mar 2006 00:00:00 +0000
I have been round the world 4 times but the best veg. food I got so far was in Veggie Inn, Harrow and the service was very, very good. Positive Pankaj Shah
Mon, 14 Nov 2005 00:00:00 +0000
I've been a vegetarian for over 10 years, and have tried many, many veggie restaurants - from the bland, to the good and a few that were absolutely awful; but the Veggie Inn in Harrow is ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! The choices are so numerous, you need to go there quite a few times in order to just sample a small selection of what's on offer. And we have yet to be disappointed by anything we have ordered - from the mock shredded duck to the mock lamb in black bean sauce... I've started to drool as I'm writing this! The texture of the food is amazing, and the tastes and aromas - superb. They are so realistic, some vegetarians may even find them a bit off-putting. I certainly found one of their 'fish' dishes to be a bit too 'fishy' for me. It costs a little bit more than an 'ordinary' Chinese restaurant, and don't be tempted to over-order, the portions are quite generous. Positive Muhayman Jamil
Fri, 08 Apr 2005 00:00:00 +0100
Utterly superb - went there for my 50th Birthday with my family and we all thought that this was amazing. Simply the best Chinese that we have ever had. Make sure you try the set menus which are £13.80, £15.80 & £17.80 per person. We had the £15.80 & just couldn't move afterwards! Nice simple & bright decor with a pleasant atmosphere make this a delightful LOCAL JEM .... please please try it !!!!! Positive David Nash
Sat, 31 Jul 2004 00:00:00 +0100
I have been a vegetarian now for 25 years and I have never been so spoilt for choice. This is the most fantastic restaurant I have ever been too. The dishes are superb and reasonably priced and my meat eating friends I took there tell me you can barely tell the difference due to the texture and flavour of the dishes. The staff there are really friendly and welcoming and are happy to share cooking tips! Until now I have never been a real fan of Chinese as I found most restaurants quite limited when catering for vegetarians - I now know what all the fuss is about!! Cannot recommend it highly enough!! Positive Kirstine Nicholson
Sun, 04 Apr 2004 00:00:00 +0100
This restaurant is superb!  I've been to many vegan Chinese restaurants and this one is by far the best.  Run by a very friendly family (a special mention to Hong), it also breaks out of the mould, by having an original menu where the 'meat' and vegetable items are not made in the same way as the other restaurants.  So for a unique and fantastic meal, this is the only choice.  Our meat eating friends said it's the best Chinese they have been to.  Certainly the best in my books. Positive Rowan McCartney
Fri, 19 Mar 2004 00:00:00 +0000
It would be very difficult to pick out anything special on this menu - it is all wonderful!  The 'meat' and 'fish' dishes are so cleverly prepared that it is difficult not to imagine yourself eating the real thing. The presentation is always good.  The proprietors are very friendly and welcoming and every meal is a journey that caresses the taste buds and leaves you wanting for more.  It is difficult not to over eat.  Prices are extremely reasonable and it is possible to have a very good assortment of food for very reasonable outlay.  My wife and I cannot recommend this resturant highly enough. Since its opening it has become a regular haunt for us and every visit is a delight! Can't wait to return... Positive Michael Wilson
Sat, 21 Feb 2004 00:00:00 +0000
Superb choice complimented by friendly service. An excellent venue for vegetarians to enjoy the full range of Chinese cooking. Positive Mark
Tue, 02 Dec 2003 00:00:00 +0000
Wonderful small, friendly and reasonably priced restaurant run by a Chinese/Malaysian Buddist family with the friendly and informative host, Hong. Wonderful food, many mock meat dishes - perfect for those veggies who miss the taste of meat or other dishes that don't! They don't sell alcohol but have a licence and there is a off-licence next door to buy your wine and they'll serve it to you. We'll be going back again very soon. Positive Karen Solomon
Sat, 22 Nov 2003 00:00:00 +0000
I made a visit to this cosy restaurant last week and I have to say, I've been a vegetarian for 15 years and I've never been so spoilt with choices. The staff seemed really friendly and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend Veggie Inn to anyone who appreciates quality vegetarian food and a cosy atmosphere to enjoy it in. Positive Trisha
Wed, 01 Oct 2003 00:00:00 +0100

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