A good Vietnamese restaurant, the first to open in what is now a small chain.
Certainly worth trying if you're new to dishes of this type, but all fedback from all their branches has been very positive.
Most is based on natural stocks, made from natural ingredients and taking 12 hours to prepare. Whilst the name Pho (correctly pronounced 'fuh', but 'foe' does the trick), is the national dish of Noodle Soup.
These are the main event, and these are served with a side plate of fresh herbs & chilis (so you can season your soup to taste). Varieties include many-ways with beef – including 'Pho Tai Lan' (flash fried steak with garlic; Hanoi-style); 'Pho Bo Vien' (homemade meatballs) and 'Pho Bo Dac Biet' (steak, brisket & meatball) – a few with Chicken (some such as 'Bun Tom Hue' being spicy & coming with tiger prawns).
There are also Curries, coming with jasmine rice; interesting Salads; Wok-Fried Noodles and Spring Rolls.
A few desserts, such as 'Chuoi Chien' (banana fritters) and good natural fruit sorbets will tempt those with a sweet tooth.
Quite an experience, and recommended if you don't expect frills.
- Food Style: Vietnamese
- Lunch: Mon-Thurs 12.00-22.00, Fri & Sat 12.00-22.30, Sun 12.00-22.00; mains about £10 to £17; set Menu from £24pp (2 people minimum)
- Dinner: Mon-Thurs 12.00-22.00, Fri & Sat 12.00-22.30, Sun 12.00-22.00; mains about £10 to £17; set Menu from £24pp (2 people minimum)
- Seats: 35
- Wine: a selection of house wines have modest mark-ups - and Vietnamese beer
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Farringdon or Barbican Underground's
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Street Parking
- Closed: Sun and some Bank Holidays