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  • “Started with Banh Cuon, cheaung fun type starter dish with vietnamese pork!” in 5 reviews

  • “I went for spicy soup and a mixture of cooked and raw beef.” in 3 reviews

  • “-I love their Com Ga Nuong- BBQ'd chicken (thigh), char-grilled, a hint of sweetness & oh so crispy skinned; served with boiled rice & pickled vegetables with a sweet fish sauce.” in 2 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2014

    I love this place. It's always busy and full of Vietnamese customers- good sign. They do fantastic pho and the spring rolls are excellent. I am a regular and a big fan

  • 3.0 star rating
    30/7/2014
    1 check-in

    Great food. Looks fairly unimpressive from the outside, but it's a casual place to get some food on a weekday night. The pho was nice but as I live a couple of minutes away it was a little cold by the time I got home so probably better to eat in and get it piping hot.

    The menu isn't huge but a good selection of pho and starters to chose from  so I'd definitely eat here again!

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/7/2014
    1 check-in

    My housemate and I live locally to this well known and popular Pho spot, but had never been. So when we fancied a treat last week, we knew where to head to. The cafe is busy (but not so busy you can't get in) and the staff are friendly. It's quite basic but has a nice feel to it overall.

    We ordered "pho to go" as we live just up the road. Not sure about having pho available to take away, it was luke warm by the time we got home (1 minute walk), and when you've spent a few minutes putting it all together it's a bit lacklustre and slightly disappointing. The broth was delicious though. Good spring rolls as well.

    In a nutshell,  if I was going to come again, I'd try and eat in at the restaurant.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2014

    Just checked it out on our stay in London. The food is solid quality and the service is great!

    Food: Ban Cuon (rice noodles wrapped around minced pork with sausage and fish sauce) was great to share as an appetizer and very delicious.

    Pho: Overall tasty but the broth was slightly different from pho we have had in other cities. There was a nice aroma but less flavor of star anise. The broth was also a bit oily but the beef was good.

    SPECIAL NOTE FOR GREAT SERVICE: The waitress spilled some broth on my boyfriend (which is not typical and has never happened before, according to the manager). She apologized and very generously offered to pay for our ENTIRE meal.

    But even if there were no spills, the value would have been very good relative to other dinner places (£6.90 for most dishes) and the experience was quick and convenient.

  • 4.0 star rating
    21/3/2014
    1 check-in

    Yum, I had the Pho Tai Chin, and it was really good, which is pho with a mix of cooked and raw beef, but next time I think I want to get only raw beef!  When it cooks in the hot soup, it becomes tender and very juicy.  The pho here is not the very best I have ever had, but it is still damn good!  I ordered mine "half spicy", but it still came out pretty spicy!  Order full-on spicy if you know you can handle the heat!

    My boyfriend and I split some goi cuon, and they were delicious.  Light, fresh with great texture and a yummy dipping sauce.  I would definitely would recommend this if you are looking for a light starter before your main.

    For dessert, we each ordered a vietnamese iced coffee.  Semi-sweet and refreshing!

    Overall, this place is really cute with friendly staff.  The food was delicious, fresh and very quick.

    NOTE: THIS PLACE IS CASH ONLY!
    There are cashpoints near the petrol station (free cash) and the McDonald's on either side of the restaurant.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/12/2013
    1 check-in

    Thanks to Irene L for organising an outing to deepest ,darkest Deptford on a bitterly cold Friday evening for surprisingly good Vietnamese food. After the 10 minute walk from Surrey Quays station (London Overground), our little band of hungrydiners were relieved to see Mama Pho's bright restaurant lights on the corner

    The first thing which hit me was  the trail of wonderful aromas when the door opened. Familiar scents of south east Asian cooking started the gastric juices flowing.

    We were lucky to have Sophie, one of the restaurant's owners, come and explain the menu to us. She confirmed that the dishes are from old family recipes. Home cooking is truly the source of some of the best food in the Far East, so this was a good thing in my book

    As we had 7 diners, it seemed the right thing to order all 7 starters! This gave us a variety of dishes, ranging from a spicy but well balanced vermicelli salad to cheong fun little parcels of beef and mushroom to a DIY lettuce parcel to be self filled with a pancake. It was like eating in someone's home but a home with a great chef in the kitchen

    For main course, it had to be the pho. I went for spicy soup and a mixture of cooked and raw beef. Don't be alarmed if you order this and the dish arrives with literally raw beef on top. Just dunk it in the soup and it will cook  in no time. The soup has tremendous depth of flavour, complex and satisfying. I would say this is the best pho I've tasted in London

    In the Far East, the best food is usually to be found in smaller establishments and this seems to be true here too. Don't let the word cafe put you off. Come down here for the pho in town

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/1/2014

    Mama Pho is in a totally random location and it looks unassuming and small from the outside, but inside it serves comfort food to warm you completely on a cold winter day.  It serves about the same menu as its sister restaurant Cafe East but is 1/4 of Cafe East's size.

    I ordered the combination pho (consisting of a protein medley of chicken, raw beef that cooks as it's dunked in hot broth, prawn). I enjoyed the meat and rice noodles, but found the broth a bit too salty.

    However I did enjoy the pork with vermicelli noodles. The pork was crispy with that perfectly barbequed taste and tasted delicious with the julienned carrots and lettuce.

    The Banh Cuon is my favorite dish at both Mama Pho and Cafe East.  The BC here seems to be larger, while Cafe East's is smaller and has better meat to rice noodle proportion.

    Don't leave here without trying one of their tapioca drinks!  It's especially refreshing after all the savories.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/11/2013
    1 check-in

    After trying 10+ different Pho restaurants in London, this is by far the best one. The broth is as close as you can get to authentic pho you can get in California (I live there permanently but here once a month). Nice flavor, not too fatty, and the meat is tender and soft.

    They also serve other Vietnamese delicacies like Banh Xeo and Banh Cuon. Will try those next time but I do see it coming out of the kitchen for other tables as well.

    The prices are reasonable, and the pho noodle itself is cooked just perfectly (Not too well done, and not too raw where you have to really chew). I'm assuming this is more Pho Bac (Northern style) pho because the pho noodles are wider, no hoisin sauce as a side dip... but a cross culture into Pho Saigon with the healthy amounts of greens for garnishes (sufficient sprouts, & rau hue - basil leaves).  Fast and expeditious service, but definitely out of the way.

    Who can say no to some good, authentic, hot pho on a 3 degree night in London?! Holy bajeezus, there's actually something called good Pho in London!. Oh, and catchy name too - sounds like I'm going home to my mama's pho! And then it feels like I'll be washing the dishes afterwards (as the dishes and bowls used here feels like your using your own typical porcelain ware from a Vietnamese home). I'll be back!

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/3/2011
    3 check-ins First to Review
    Listed in ~~ Pho ~~

    Finally... five-star Pho in London!

    Mama Pho is the replacement for the nearby Cafe East, which upped sticks and moved to larger car-park based digs behind Surrey Quays shopping centre. The same family running East run little Mama Pho but they do things in a slightly different way, so one is certainly not the same as the other.

    After walking south from Surrey Quays station, past the McDonalds we arrived at Mama Pho. A small and basic yellow place that was full of local Viets on a Monday night. We spent only £16 between the two of us to get the spicy chicken salad, the Pho Dac Biet, an iced coffee and a glass of fresh lychee drink. It could wel have been the best £16 meal I've eaten in my life.

    The chicken salad was densely flavoured, layered with so many different herbs, thinly shredded vegetables and different textures of meat. It was damn spicy too, leaving me gloriously steaming at the end and reaching for my bang tidy iced coffee.

    The Pho Dac Biet with spicy broth was stunning too (see photo). The whole bowl looked immaculate when it arrived, with the rare beef still bright pink on top, with juicy chunks of flank, yellow-skinned chicken bits and three fat prawns. Add to this some lime juice, chillis and oodles of fresh vegetables and the spicy, deeep Pho was instantly declared the winner of my wife and I's 1-year hunt for good London Pho.

    So Mama Pho is now in pole position. A bargain, a real find with lovely staff and the best Pho so far.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2011
    1 check-in

    A decent pho option in London though why it's ass out in lower slobovia is beyond me.

    First, it's run by what appears to be Vietnamese speaking folks.  Second, the menu is focused and uncomplicated (and not trying to play up the ethnic or freshness factor that most restaurants here like to do) - it's just good old no non-sense rice and noodles.  Lastly, they offer drip French coffee and jelly dessert drinks.  Oh yeah.  Now, if they would consider going heavier on the onions and pork oil in their soup base.

    Main dishes here start at 7 quids on up, appetizers 5 quids.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/8/2012

    Been to this cafe since the old days of Cafe East, maybe since 2003?
    It is now Mama Pho, and run by a group of younger staff, don't let it fool you. their soup base is one of the best, even better than those in Hackney.
    Try a beef Pho, or the rice rolls, delicious, and I always coupled with the Iced Coffee (vietnamese style with condensed milk)
    A note: they close on Tuesdays

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/4/2012

    This is a fantastic place to come for Vietnamese food, and that is pho sure.

    From the outside, it looks like a slightly dodgy greasy-spoon cafe with a strange name. Even once you sit down at tables with plastic table cloths it doesn't 'look' amazing. However, looks can be deceiving, just smell the lovely, pho aromas and get ready to order everything!!

    It's cheap, cheerful and yummi-licious.

    I'll be back.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/3/2012
    1 check-in

    After many last minute changes of plans, instead of going to shiny sparkly state of the art Stratford, ended up in Deptford. Don't let the fact it's deptford deter you, as many yelp reviewers say, this place is a hidden gem of vietnamese hotspots! Not only because it's pretty much the vietnamese equivalent to china town!

    Mama Pho is one of these gems, it has family links to Cafe East so you can bet your bottom dollar it'll be as good (or so i hear, I need to try cafe east!) Plus you'll have money to bet your bottom dollar on because it is amazingly cheap and cheerful! (Not that I condone gambling!) Deco looks a bit sparse, but you're there for the food, not the paint.

    Started with Banh Cuon, cheaung fun type starter dish with vietnamese pork! Really good! Then the two massive bowls of Pho and Bun bo xeo. I mean massive. £6.50 each, it was amazing value. The Pho broth depth test was a winner, it just tops the list. Beef wasn't chewy at all either! We also ordered iced coffee, ice lemon tea and two lychee juices. Our bill came to £11 per person! I'm definitely coming back here, especially during the summer because with our condiments plate, there didn't seem to be alot of mint but that might be because it's not in season yet.

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/12/2011

    Finally, I was excited to head to Mama Pho which used to be the old site of Cafe East. Within days of being told this, I was too excited to wait and so I roped in Ms. Black to come with me on a random evening. We arrived to a small unassuming corner eatery and was greeted by a really friendly waitress. She gave us the menu and we started the discussing what we were going to order.

    We both decided to get the pho £6.50 and the Banh Xeo £7.

    The Banh Xeo is delicious. The batter is light, crispy and crunchy, I think easily the best that I've had in London. We were so enamoured that we ate it by itself and forgot about the lettuce wrapping till halfway through.

    With happy smiles on our faces, the two friendly waitresses who works there came with our pho next. I was salivating and couldn't wait to dig in. The broth was good with the version from Cafe East only edging it to be better as this one lacked that slight depth to round out the flavour and balance.

    We left paying £10 each for our meal, excellent value I say.

  • 5.0 star rating
    29/8/2011
    11 check-ins

    This is a small café along Evelyn Street where there are a number of Vietnamese restaurants quite close by. Small as in 30 covers in a room barely the size of a small newsagent.

    On my visits, the other customers have mainly been Vietnamese-speaking. The waitresses are efficient and helpful, bringing the freshly cooked food at almost a sprint!

    They have a limited range of starters (which I aim to explore) but of the main courses I've tried, pretty well all were resounding hits.

    -Pho: well done or rare beef. A substantial bowl with deeply flavourful broth, served with a small plate of Thai basil, Saw-Tooth coriander, bean sprouts, lime wedges & chillies. There is a spicy broth option which is hot enough to make your face leak...

    -I love their Com Ga Nuong- BBQ'd chicken (thigh), char-grilled, a hint of sweetness & oh so crispy skinned; served with boiled rice & pickled vegetables with a sweet fish sauce.

    -There is a deep-fried version of the above, not nearly as good...

    -Iced Viet coffee. Delicious but rather small...

    They are often a third full, even just before 6pm! Very much worth the detour, even in the slow rush-hour crawl along Evelyn Street...

  • 3.0 star rating
    18/8/2013
    1 check-in

    I came here during the temporary closure of nearby Cafe East. Its difficult not to compare as they serve the same food and from what I gathered from previous reviews, these two Vietnamese Cafe are under the same owner. The Banh Cuon here at CMP seems more soggy and wet thus making them stick together and fall apart easily. I also noticed that the meat is as tasteful in comparison to CE. My other gripe is their Goi Cuon. It is exact replica of the ones from CE but once again it is not as good. I must say that the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong was really good. It made up for the let down but I cant wait till CE opens up again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/3/2012

    Mama Pho looks like a greasy spoon cafe. It's really not. On the original site of the old Cafe East and run by the same family, you just know you're in for a good meal. Far smaller and more basic than Cafe East, the pho is still stellar and the service is very friendly.

    We started with the Banh Cuon. Beautiful slippery, textural rice roll goodness. The pho came soon after, I had the rare beef, an oily (in a good way!), complex broth with lot's of herbs to add in. They don't have any tripe or other funny options which is a real shame, when are London Vietnamese restos gonna start offering offal?!

    I will be back to try more (mainly Bun Bo Hue,  Com Ga Nuong and Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong) although maybe not for a while, it really is SO FAR AWAY. I also think Cafe East just beats it as my choice of Vietnamese in the area. But only by a little!

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/8/2013

    Fantastic food. A real hidden gem!

    • Qype User erint1…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    25/7/2013

    The perfect spot to spend a nice, calm evening surrounded by the people who you care about. The food is good, with fast turnaround and friendly staff. Recommended.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/12/2012

    Came here when Cafe East was inexplicably closed for an entire month in December/January. It's much smaller (only 10 tables or so) but service is friendly and efficient so doesn't feel cramped. Food is excellent. Perhaps the pho is slightly less flavoursome than at Cafe East but there's hardly anything in it. Highly recommended.

  • 3.0 star rating
    5/11/2012

    This is very small cafe, only 7-8 tables, good casual place for fast meal. Food is really delicious. I took some spicy chicken with potatoes in coconut cream and it wasn't bad. I chose it because it sounded very strange to me so I wanted to know how it tastes. It was quite different from all food I've ever tried. But somehow coconut goes perfect with the potatoes so I would recommend it to you. Next time I want to try their pho as obviously it's popular here.

    • Qype User chopst…
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    5.0 star rating
    13/12/2011

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    Finally, I was excited to head to Mama Pho which used to be the old site of Cafe East. Within days of being told this, I was too excited to wait and so I roped in Ms. Black to come with me on a random evening. We arrived to a small unassuming corner eatery and was greeted by a really friendly waitress. She gave us the menu and we started the discussing what we were going to order.
    We both decided to get the pho £6.50 and the Banh Xeo £7.
    The Banh Xeo is delicious. The batter is light, crispy and crunchy, I think easily the best that I've had in London. We were so enamoured that we ate it by itself and forgot about the lettuce wrapping till halfway through.
    With happy smiles on our faces, the two friendly waitresses who works there came with our pho next. I was salivating and couldn't wait to dig in. The broth was good with the version from Cafe East only edging it to be better as this one lacked that slight depth to round out the flavour and balance.
    We left paying £10 each for our meal, excellent value I say.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/7/2013
    1 check-in

    Think this place is perfect for quick, clean Vietnamese food. It could be better then it would be really expensive. The broth for the pho is home made, fresh and hits the spot. Rice dishes were perfectly cooked. Will keep coming back

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