We were invited to Phở’s soft launch at its new restaurant in Kingston this week, and it’s fair to say that we were Phở-king loving it (sorry).
Stephen and Juliette Wall opened Pho, London’s first Vietnamese street food restaurant, in Clerkenwell in June 2005 after they travelled to Vietnam and fell in love with the food. They made the decision to start a restaurant serving pho while sat on high stools, slurping pho bo, around the shopfront of Pho Quynh in Ho Chi Minh City (323 Ð Pham Ngu Lao, if you’re heading there soon). Eleven years later, Pho is still a family-run business serving great value, authentically prepared Vietnamese street food, with restaurants in London, Brighton, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge and Bristol.
Importantly, the food is made FRESH and in-branch everyday.
Phở [pronounced fuh] is the Vietnamese national dish; an aromatic, nutritious^ and delicious rice noodle soup served with a side plate of fresh herbs to add as you please. The addition of these herbs and table condiments is an essential part of eating phở and adds another dimension to the dish – our chilli paste for a kick, fish sauce for extra saltiness, garlic vinegar for sourness.
Here’s what we had:
Muc chien giòn – tender friend baby squid with a salt, pepper and lime dip
Chå giò – crispy pork spring rolls
Pho chin – tender beef brisket slow cooked in broth
Pho tái chin – steak and brisket slow cooked in broth
The meat was amazing and there was absolutely loads there. It sounds gross, but I could have actually just drunk the broth, it tasted increds. 10/10 would recommend for a lunch break or dinner.
Head down to Kingston’s new restaurant now to experience proper Vietnamese food, or visit the website for more details – http://www.phocafe.co.uk/