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  • “I love their summer rolls and their fresh juices (my fave is the carrot, apple and ginger mix).” in 4 reviews

  • “The bun noodles had the authentic flavour, even if it was more water-y than I am used to (but that's good, I love sauce!).” in 3 reviews

  • “I personally love the noodle soup with beef and meatballs, which comes with a side dish of garnishes for you to add to taste.” in 4 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    26/5/2014

    I went here for the first time last week. My dinner date and I both ordered the brisket pho with extra vegetables. The bowl was delivered quickly and was absolutely delicious, especially at just under 8£. The brisket was tender and there were tons of vegetables. I also had the Saigon beer which was impressively delicious - not what I was expecting with a hint of sweetness. The service was very friendly and they allowed us to stay and chat long after we had finished our meals. I just wish they put eggs in their pho...

    Pho is perfect as both a quick and long meal, delicious either way. I completely recommend it!

    Libby A.
    Comment from Libby A. of Pho
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    28/5/2014 Hi Kate, thanks so much for this nice review of Pho St John Street! Just wanted to let you know for… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    9/8/2014

    The pho at Pho is just OK. The broth was just not that flavorful and I was expecting smaller noodles and the beef was like a roast which I thought was unusual. But what they do really well is the bun noodles. We ordered them with chicken and it was really tasty. Also the fresh juices are nice. We tried the one with apple lime and mint and could go for that again.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/10/2013
    1 check-in

    So fresh, so delicious. London's best pho. The deep and rich flavor was amazing! I got the broth with garlic. The quality of meat and vegetables was amazing -- you can tell this is quality stuff not a fast-food chain. Where were you all my life, Pho? (This restaurant, not the dish. Me and pho go way back.)

    Gluten free notes: Most people think pho tends to be naturally gluten free. YMMV.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/11/2013

    I had the Pho Chin here a couple of months back.

    It was probably a first and last time experience for me. Don't get me wrong. The ingredients are undeniably fresh, but there is just something missing in the broth. It doesn't seem rich enough for my liking. My guess is the ingredients and herb mix weren't steep for sufficient amount of time to give that oomph factor.

    Just comparing within London itself, I think it falls short of Cay Tre. Cay Tre is definitely pricier, but I'm sorry to say I'm willing to pay a higher price for authentic, rich broth.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/10/2013
    1 check-in

    I had their Pho Bo Combo last night. The broth is one of the best I have had here in London, but still falls short of the pho I have back home in California.

    I had the crispy spring rolls (cha gio) which is very good and authentic when it comes down to the actual rice roll wrap that they use to the filling with the ground pork and mushroom strings. Very Vietnamese and down to the T! Nice texture and awesome flavor. This is 5 out of 5.

    I will give the Pho 3.5 out of 5. The 'bo vien' meatballs was nothing spectacular, it feels like a housemade ground beef rolled up with no real chewy texture and flavor. The 'nam' (brisket) could be softer, but still had a nice texture. It's always a plus here in London to see a Pho establishment giving you Hue (basil) and sufficient amounts of bean sprouts. The meat could be more tender, but I've tried a lot worse here in London.

    The service was great, everyone was friendly and prompt for a Saturday night service. The restaurant is fairly clean for a Vietnamese joint. But then again - I grew up knowing that when it's too clean, it's not that authentic.

    I will definitely come back again on a cold, windy, and wet day here in London.

  • 3.0 star rating
    20/12/2012

    I'm giving 4 stars for service.. the staff are very cool and nice.  And I like the decor.  

    They lose a star based on value.  I chose a higher priced beef noodle dish that was good, but not highlighted with the premium beef I paid for.  With a small coke (2.50). my meal was over 12.00 which is not shocking for London but a tad high for a weekday lunch with no special occasion.  

    Food-wise, it was an interesting take on a familiar dish and while I liked it, I also didn't love it.  There wasn't a star item.  Nothing punched its way out.

    I'd go back, but would also look at some other places in the hood.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/11/2010
    ROTD 17/2/2011

    Mint, basil, coriander and lime came neatly wrapped in a plastic bag along with my takeaway order, with a little chopped chilli in the nobule at the knot.  

    Sort of like this:
                         ___
                         /  /\ \
                        /  / \   \
                              |_|_
                              | o |  {---- chilli
                              ----
                            /       \
                          / mint  \
    bag ---}         |  basil   |
                         |   cor.    |
                          \_lime_/

    The ability to add these condiments to my Bun Tom as I saw fit made for a delightful lunch.  

    Pho is perfectly serviceable Vietnamese food in Zone 1, though it won't blow your mind or anything.

    (I admit, the extra star is awarded solely for the way they packaged the chilli.)

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/5/2010
    22 check-ins

    Pho could become a habit. Why?

    Because it does so many things right:
    Spare space and it's a fine place to dine alone or with a couple of pals
    Roasted garlic in the pho a nice touch
    Veggie spring rolls were creative and delicious
    Roast chicken in pho ga was plentiful and of good quality

    Something that could be worked on:
    Broth, while not dish-watery, was still a bit single noted

    Pho ga (chicken noodle soup) and cha gio chay (veggie spring rolls) are my main litmus test with Vietnamese food. Pho passes pho sho!

  • 1.0 star rating
    9/12/2010

    There are so many things wrong with the soups here. They take loved traditional dishes and just completely f_ck them up.

    - The broth.
    Really? REALLY?! This is the base of every good Vietnamese soup,  especially pho. If you cannot master the broth, just don't even bother with the rest.

    - The noodles.
    Pho noodles are thin, soft, and often times translucent. The noodles here are wide, thick, and they suck.

    - The meat.
    Not enough, and not tender.

    - The condiments.
    The hoison sauce was ok, but I don't understand how a pho restaurant can even operate without the real Sriracha chili paste.

    BY THE WAY, I ordered the Bun Bo Hue and not the Pho. How do I know what the pho tastes like then, you ask? Because they screwed my BBH up and made it exactly identical to the Pho and still managed to have me notice how bad their pho would have been if I had ordered it.

    On top of it all, the service sucked, the wait was long, and the place is too cramped. If they offered quality pho, none of this would be a big deal, but of course, they do not.

    If you are wondering, 'Pho' is on par with Cafe VN, which is down the street on Clerkenwell. Both should shut their doors.

    So there you go, a two for one whammy Yelp! review.
    You are welcome.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/6/2010
    5 check-ins

    For a super slurp-worthy Pho stop, this is your spot.

    Everything about the place is simple - from the design to the menu, from the flavours to the price. Sure, the noodles were a bit liguini-ish and the broth was nothing spectacular, but anywhere I can get a steaming hot bowl of pho with all the fixins' followed by some baby coconut ice cream for under a tenner is fan-worthy in my book.  

    The brisket and meatballs were stand-out fillers... just not quite up to the pho-nominal standards I'm used to back on the west coast of the US.

  • 5.0 star rating
    28/4/2011
    2 check-ins

    Would it be wrong to say that this is perhaps the best Pho that I've had ever? Yes... all they way over in London. Yes... in a chic little spot, complete with modern decor and funky music track playing in the background.

    I know. I know. You area thinking - this girl did not grow up eating the Pho in Westminster (California). Whatever. It's me. And all I have to say is the Pho here is worth trying. The broth is delicate but full of flavor. The noodles are fresh and the spring rolls were fantastic.

    They even had Banh Xeo! I'm in love.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/1/2011

    Coming back on my trip from Tanzania, I had a day layover so I decided to check this spot out since I was in the neighborhood checking out the art scene at the Barbican Centre.

    The namesake pho dish is not really the authentic style that I am used to growing up and eating all my life.  The version here is perhaps could be interpreted as a contemporary variant.  However, considering that the pho dish is a fixture of vietnamese comfort food, the offering here fell short of that mark.  The broth did not have enough of that savory meatiness and the anise was lacking.  Also, pho is supposed to offer a mix of textures when you eat it.  That's why there are usually several types of meat parts (eye round, fatty flank, lean flank, brisket, tripe, tendon).  All I got were the lean cuts with no fat on them.

    Overall, a decent enough fare, but if you're looking for authentic pho, then try over in Haggerston

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/12/2008

    Pho, apparently pronounced 'fu', is really fantastic and everything is so healthy meaning that you don't feel guilty every time you stuff yourself silly!

    The Vietnamese food is extremely fresh tasting which is made to order, with side sauce dishes made at various spicy levels. I would definitely recommend the Pho soup noodle soup with chicken breast. I could probably eat about 10 of them as they are so delicious!

    The food is very cheap - I usually spend around £8 - £10 and always come back feeling full but without that awful heavy feeling. They also serve weasel coffee which is apparently a rare coffee regurgitated by wild Vietnamese weasels. Indeed the food is delightful but this I couldn't quite face!  As a...fresher alternative, I finished my meal with a freshly made carrot, apple and ginger juice. It was the perfect way to neutralise all those spices and I left feeling very healthy indeed!

  • 5.0 star rating
    18/10/2011 Updated review
    10 check-ins

    The morning after the weekend before, the miso soup and champagne eating plan has to go out the window if I'm going to survive Monday.

    So, where better to get a major carb hit than Pho. I enjoy bun and pho so much I'm beginning to think I was Vietnamese in a former life!*

    I tucked into bun with big fat king prawns and extra chilli, it was just perfect and just the fix needed to get me through the Monday marathon.

    The girls and boys are just the best and it really is a pleasure eating and spending my cash there.

    * Not that I actually believe in former lives but for the purpose of comedy I slide that one in - oh, all that I do for my art!

    5.0 star rating
    4/10/2011 Previous review
    This little shop never fails to hit my spot! Make me feel like singing... Pho la la la LAAAAA!

    They…
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    5.0 star rating
    27/9/2011 Previous review
    Fee-fi-Pho-fum. I smell the spicy smells of lemongrass pork meatballs bun, of a Vietnamese cafe! Oh… Read more
    5.0 star rating
    21/9/2011 Previous review
    Woo hoo - more Pho me!
    I had take-away this time and it didn't let me down. Even thought it was super…
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    4.0 star rating
    15/9/2011 Previous review
    I pity the Pho that doesn't eat at Pho!

    I'm a Vietnamese virgin but I was fortunate enough to have…
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  • 2.0 star rating
    11/10/2010

    I'm from Southern California, and I live about 20 mins away from Westminster (nothing like Westminster of the UK). It is basically Little Saigon of California. I've grown up eating Vietnamese food since I was a kid. As such, I can honestly say that Pho on Farringdon sucks ass.

    I should have expected as much when I came across this modern, chic restaurant (and where i come from, the best Vietnamese food is usually in a crappy looking restaurant or hole-in-the-wall)

    Anyways, I had the Pho Tai Bo Vien (pho w/ steak and meatballs). It definitely left me wanting more. They don't even use the traditional rice noodles that they're supposed to. The broth was bland. The meatballs were all wrong. The lack of Sriracha hot sauce is practically an abomination. and the vietnamese drip coffee that I had was not nearly as good as it should've been.

    Anyways, at least the place was nice and the staff courteous.

    Nonetheless, this place is in no way authentic.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2011 Updated review
    5 check-ins

    Oh dear, dropping them a star (usually I work the other way on my updates!)

    I'm still a fan but my last few dishes haven't been as good as the first couple. I've tried some variations on the bun noodles and I've found both the chicken and the meat balls to be dry and disappointing and the whole dish to be a little bland so I had to cover it in hot sauce. The prawn bun noodles were good but just not enough prawns in there for me.

    I think I'm going to have to go back to the pho again for a more flavourful meal.

    5.0 star rating
    27/9/2011 Previous review
    Un-pho-gettable - that's what you are!

    I've been to Vietnam a couple of times now and travelled it's…
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  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2010

    Lizzles and I stopped in here on a cold, blustery night after a long, tiring day. Pho was exactly what we needed to warm up our spirits and fill up our tums (not that my tum needs any more filling out!)

    We got the last 2 seats at 7pm and after that, there was a line out the door, so get there on the earlier side if you don't want to wait.

    They have a strong selection of apps, but since the soups are so big, we decided to pass and stick with the main course: pho! They let you pick your broth and noodles, as well as your accoutrement. I got veggies in tofu in the lighter broth. It came out just a few minutes after our order and for 2 big soups and 2 drinks for under 19E with tip? I'd say that's a steal!

    Also have amazing fresh squeezed juices to cool your tongue.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/11/2010

    Not being as well acquainted with Vietnamese food as i would like to be, i have the distinct feeling that having visited Pho my culinary life is about to change.

    I'm fairly old school and like to have my main dish as meat or fish.

    Put my main in a bowl and we're generally going to have issues, fool. It's not that I'm not adventurous with my food choices - i'll eat anything apart from tripe - it's just that habits are a hell of a thing to break.

    Here I ate a bowl of beef Pho for my main, that's beef with noodles and broth. Though simple is was deliciously filling. Welcome soul food for a weary stomach. Starters was a simple salad sprinkled with nuts and some six pastries in which tender slices of roast pork were hiding.

    Dessert was a three scoop sorbet affair including lime, mango and coconut. Again, here i once again strayed off my gastronomic path but again, I enjoyed being lost.

    In short, I appreciated the simplicity of it all.

    For that reason, Pho is going to form part of my on-going culinary rehab routine.

    Reasonably priced and clean, there is nothing to offend here and therefore, it's worth another look.

    PS - It's quite a squeeze passing by the close tables especially after eating, so you'll have to get your Kanye Workout Plan in check.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/12/2010
    Listed in Date Spots

    So I ended up here last weekend as we were randomly walking around the Farringdon area (some call it a pub crawl) and came into Pho because I've heard good things about it and was obviously warmer than the temperature outside.

    Sat down in this cozy establishment and ordered a bottle of their South African Rose - which was quite delightful.

    We had a great waitress - - to whom girlfriend and myself played the game of trying to guess where she was from since we knew she wasn't English but could not pick out a distinct accent. Being tall and blonde I went the Scandanavian route while girlfriend absurdly thought Irish - - we were both wrong when she told us she hailed from Krawkow, Poland.

    Anyways - - ordered the Rare Beef Pho - - and let me tell you I was quite impressed with the aroma and flavors which arose from that big bad bowl. Along with a extensivly large wooden spoon and chopsticks in hand - - we both went to town. Needless to say this place is great - cool decor, great food, friendly service, and located quite near my flat.

    Recommended to Pho lovers anywhere.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/12/2008

    This place has become pretty popular over the last couple of years with the locals and it's not hard to see why. As soon as you walk in here your nose is  overtaken by the sweet-smelling and fragrant aroma of Vietnamese cuisine.

    It's more of a cafe and take away joint than a restaurant, with canteen-style tables and zippy service, but what makes it the rather more enticing are the friendly prices and extensive menu of noodle soups (pho means noodle soup if it wasn't already clear). It may not be as traditional as an up market Vietnamese diner in Chelsea but then it isn't claiming to be. It's fast, filling and heartening nosh to get you set for the afternoon's work or before an evening on the town.

    My favourite: Pho Chin - sliced tender roast beef noodle soup. If you take out, they give you the ingredients, the noodles and the seasonings, in separate containers to add yourself. I love this idea, reminds me a bit of the Salt 'n Shake.

  • 5.0 star rating
    26/12/2008

    Pho is a brilliant place for lunch and casual dinner.

    I have been here several times and even taken friends here.  What keeps me coming back is that the food is always tasty and very healthy.

    The staff are friendly and the prices are really great - I never manage to spend more than £20 on dinner for two here even when we're having lots of choices.

    The phos are very tasty (have the spicy one if you like real spice) and I also love the buns (noodles with hot toppings), which are huge and delicious. They have a Vietnamese chef here or so I am told so I guess that is what makes the food so good. You get a really nice decor too, without the crap ugly almost food hall style you get in some Vietnamese restaurants.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/3/2009

    A craving for Pho while in central London, brought me to this small restaurant. I would classify it as modern Vietnamese. The dishes are updated from the traditional bare-bones noodle soup shop. There is a decent variety of soups to choose from with some less common variations containing tofu and mushrooms, or just three varieties of mushrooms. There is also Bun (vermicelli noodles and toppings) as well as some very yummy Viertnamese curry!

    At 7.45 for a good bowl of Pho Tai, this is a perfect place for a quick lunch or dinner.

    For lunch I had Goi Cuon Tom, which was delicious and freshly wrapped along with a bowl of Pho Tai Chin. The ingredients were fresh, tasty and the soup was great!

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2009

    Lunchtime at Farringdon usually results in limited choices...and if you live/work around there, you know that it's basically a choice of sandwich shops, coffee shops and the German Weiner place. So, grouchily strolling along one day, i stumbled across this little gem like a thirst-ridden (wo)man in a desert and it changed my life...or at least my cravings.

    Pho is a great alternative to the above and very reasonably priced to boot. The soups were amazing, and I loved the spicy ones, especially the spicy prawn. the noodles are excellent as well and while the menu says the noodles are cold, they most assuredly are not the mushy noodles you're thinking of and are quite hot.

    The restaurant is a little oddly shaped and can get very crowded during dinner time. I love the take outs, because not only are the portions MASSIVE for what you pay for, but your noodles come in tupperware. ACTUAL tupperware. Think about it, great food AND free kitchen utensils. I rest my case.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/10/2009
    1 check-in

    Inexpensive. Cheerful. Totally decent  pho. Too bad about the curry, though.

    This place used to do a stunning, unusual prawn curry that was like something you'd get way off the beaten path in Viet Nam. They've replaced it with something more standard, which is too bad.

    It's an inexpensive place you can get on the St. John Smithfield drag. It'd be really nice if there were more Pho options-- it's not the same without tripe, tendon, etc... but I suppose London's not quite ready for that. The broth cuts it, though.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/6/2011

    Naomi, Naomi, NAOMI!  Quite possibly the greatest server in London.  Naomi made this dining experience one of the best I have ever had in London.  She belongs in a 5-star restaurant.  
    When we were seated Naomi came and explained in detail every section of the menu.  When we asked for her opinion on her favorites, she was very forthcoming.  She checked on our satisfaction with every dish that we had, and never missed a beat.  Naomi, YOU ROCK!
    Unfortunately the food is not as good as Naomi is at selling it and serving it.  We had the meatball app, the lotus salad with chicken and a beef noodle dish.  The quality was mediocre and it was a bit too Westernized to be Vietnamese street food.  
    So for the best service but okay food and a decent price, I do give a cautious recommend.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/1/2012

    Just popped my pho cherry so to speak - finally paying the joint a visit

    Very impressed with the depth of flavour in the broth and although there wasn't much of it the flash fried garlic steak was nice and tender, fresh beansprouts and handfuls of coriander and mint alongwith some finely diced spicily hot chilli to customise the soup - nice touch

    Spicy fragrant and warming, what more could you want in this weather!

    Also shout out for the mint apple and lime juice - most refreshing!

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/5/2012

    Quick glance:
    + aromatic bun noodles
    + fast turnaround of food
    + enthusiastic staff
    - small venue
    - pricey for almost-fast-food

    I came here with a couple of colleagues for lunch and unfortunately, arriving at 1pm, there was quite a queue for tables. The venue is small so we had to wait about 15 minutes for an area to clear, and there wasn't anywhere to stand where you weren't in someone's way. On a positive note, you can order take away and bring it back to the office if you work nearby.

    Once we sat down and have ordered, the food arrived within minutes. The bun noodles had the authentic flavour, even if it was more water-y than I am used to (but that's good, I love sauce!).

    The staff was absolutely enthusiastic, helpfully explaining the menu and recommending us things to try since we haven't been before. I did think that price is a little bit on the high side for 'street-food,' but the authentic flavour and its location helps make up for it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    16/6/2008
    First to Review

    It's rather embarrassing how many times I might eat here in a week. But it's good and filling, fast and easy. I love their summer rolls and their fresh juices (my fave is the carrot, apple and ginger mix). And I'm crazy about their pho (Vietnamese noodle soup). I usually get the Bun Hue Ga ( hot and spicy chicken soup  with emphasis on the hot!) but all the soup's are wonderful. And, yes, I've tried them all.

    If there were only a zipline from my flat to their dining area  oh well, I'll live I suppose.

    • Qype User inspir…
    • London
    • 624 friends
    • 366 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    1/4/2009

    It's not just 54 that keeps my taste buds titillated. Pho Cafe provides a cute, reasonably priced Vietnamese outside of Kingsland Road. Here's their mission statement:

    The short menu means that we can specialise in a small number of Vietnamese street foods and ensure that everything is made in house from the highest quality ingredients and is bursting with fresh flavours. We don't buy in pre-packaged processed meatballs and frozen spring rolls  instead our Vietnamese chefs make everything using authentic recipes. Our pho takes up to 12 hours to prepare and it's this care that is key to the stock retaining its goodness and developing its subtle and distinctive taste.

    This place is also great for the gluten free, dairy free, fat free and the allergy ridden amongst you. No carbs can equal happiness, ask Dr Atkins!

    • Qype User thegru…
    • London
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    3.0 star rating
    12/5/2010

    I thought I knew what I was going to say here  that it's a great intro to Vietnamese food, doesn't quite match up to some of the Shoreditch Phos, Yadda yadda yadda. I was wrong.

    I've had Pho here a bunch of times and think that it's ok. But today I didn't have Pho. And I made a discovery. Pho is not what Pho is best at. Explore the menu a little more, venture off the beaten track and you'll be rewarded with some tasty surprises

    Goi Cuon Tom, summer rolls, were nice, although a little too noodley for me. They were freshly assembled though, full of herby flavours and the sea salty tang of prawns.

    The Nem Nuong though were good. Slightly crispy on the outside, they were moist and meaty without being too fatty. Lemongrass added a lovely citrussy undertone to the tasty pork.

    Next up salads. Vietnamese and Thai salads are a completely different proposition from their western equivalents. Properly made, they're packed full of powerful and punchy flavours, they dance sexily across your taste buds leaving them breathing hard and begging for more.

    Goi Xoai, a spicy green mango salad served with pork, dried shrimp and peanuts was an absolute bargain at £4.50. Hot chilli, roasted nuts, pungent dried prawns and crispy pork. Wonderful, fresh and utterly reviving. This is the best dish I've had at Pho.

    In comparison, the Goi Du Du, a papaya salad with chicken, topped with peanuts was more of a waltz than a tango. But it was super fresh, crunchy and soothing. The perfect spring time spritzer of a light lunch.

    To finish I had a dense dark Vietnamese coffee. It was as strong and treacly as you could want with condensed milk adding a sweet viscosity to the tar coloured coffee

    If you come here and stick the Pho then be warned, you're missing out.It might not be haute Viet food, but for a lunch spot it's great. And good value for money.

    • Qype User theku…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    9/10/2008

    I really have to agree with all the details of the above review. They don't have the biggest variety of Vietnamese on their menu compared to all the ones on Kingsland road, yet everything that I've had at this place has always been tasty, delicious and reasonably priced.

    I'm addicted to the flavourful stock that they use for all the 'Pho' dishes, and it's especially warming on those cold days. I'm happy for others that they've now opened up a new branch in Oxford Circus somewhere.

    The emphasis on really fresh, good quality ingredients also seem to win over their customers as it almost always seems full of people whenever I arrive. They even have a small counter (fitting three people) if you ever find yourself dining there by yourself or just can't wait for one of their tables.

    • Qype User Lissy…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    28/9/2009

    Went here for my birthday the other day, and had a great time. The food was, as usual, fantastic.

    I definitely recommend sharing some of the starters, especially the crepe and pork and lemongrass meatballs.

    I pretty much always have the pho, but ventured into new territory and tried a salad - the chicken papaya - and REALLY enjoyed it. It had really strong individual flavours, which is why I LOVE Vietnamese, and Pho. Can't beat it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    25/1/2011 Updated review
    10 check-ins

    Lemon Chicken Bun Noodles. That shall be the name of my first born. That will also be the last thing I eat before I die!

    4.0 star rating
    16/6/2010 Previous review
    Pho-king, hell! Who'da thought that soup could be this tasty. I'm starting to understand why Pho is… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    3/8/2009
    Listed in Lunch in the City

    I guess i liked this place quite a lot, as i made quite an effort to get lunch from here. At that point of time i worked near St Paul's, and from there had to go to Smithfields and beyond that down St John's st to Pho was a good 15 minute walk. But it was worth the effort for a friday lunch during the recession ravaged (read no work) 2008. :)
    The pho here is very tasty ... and by tasty i mean hot and spicy. Available in various flavours (types of meat), it was quite a hit at my desk ... even the vegetarian version. The quantity was substantial. I would be surprised if a person with a normal appetite can finish off a full bowl for lunch.
    Tip (more to myself than to anybody else): Make sure you don't have a meeting in the afternoon, i usually end up spilling a substantial amount of the soup on my shirt :(
    The only drawback of this place is that it is very small and hence gets very very crowded for lunch. So unless you are there at the door before 12:30, you can expect a total turnaround time of 1hr +.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/3/2012

    At Pho, the beef broth for the pho is a little single-noted, without the complexity of flavors I've had at most pho places in Westminster in Orange County, California (aka Little Saigon). However, it's the best I've had in London so far, and with generous serving sizes. Good service, nice casual decor. Would make a nice cute date spot, also just fine for eating alone. I live in the neighborhood, and would come back to fulfill my pho hankerings/hangover needs.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/9/2011

    Have to say, this place is well advertised and well known as a great place to get Pho, hmmmm....I reckon Kingsland road is heaps better and cheaper. Pho is quite a westernised Vietnamese place, food did not have the heat or the lovely smell of fish sauce that I would expect from a Viet place. I like their table condiments & beer selection but can't say I'd rush there for Viet when there are heaps better places in London. Nice decor and friendly staff but, yeah, but no, but yeah but.....Na.

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/5/2010

    A Saturday night treat, prior to a few beers and a slightly embarrassing dad dance at a 90's Indie club in Farringdon...
     
    So it didn't get off to the best of starts... there were a few places I'd like to spend more time at in Farringdon, and while Pho is good, very good, it's not St John (or Vinoteca) and so I was living up to my name before we got there, and very nearly had a rant when the Vole attempted to steer us into a random pizza joint.

    It's the kind of chain that you'd be happy seeing more of, and I'm very lucky to work just near one. The quality is usually fairly high, and that was handy, with two 'challenging' eaters (one who doesn't like spicy food, yeah, didn't figure that one out early enough, and the other a vegetarian who lives off cheese) to entertain...

    We went for a mixed set of starters, the summer rolls proved slightly pointless without any meat (seriously.. it's shredded lettuce and coriander in a soft rice wrapper), and the veggie spring rolls were crispy and slightly chewy on the outside, with a coating like a Macdonalds apple pie. But I'm a sucker for the special, and there were two to try that don't appear on the daytime menu. The slivers of tofu and mushroom in a sharing (sized) crepe snapped with unami, though the crepe had the texture (and oily touch) of a sheet of grilled cheese on the bottom of an oven tray (the veggie cheesehound was delighted). My main was another evening 'special', a slightly too soupy Cari Ga (chicken curry) served with rice and it wasn't great. A very creamy light sauce with way too much sugar and coconut for me (and way too little chilli heat)... I knew I should have stuck with their simple and clean Bun noodles.

    The others adored it, but I've definitely had better from them...

    • Qype User TheLon…
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    3.0 star rating
    9/12/2012

    Pho has limited, short menu but whatever they serve they do it perfectly. Their noodle soup and the chicken papaya salad was amazingly done.

  • 2.0 star rating
    28/7/2013

    Arrived to teeth-jangling accompaniment of Chinese heavy metal, tasted the bog standard squid, which was warm, tried the rather dull spring rolls, had a beer, left. Friendly staff but this place is just another chain.

  • 2.0 star rating
    15/11/2012

    I think it's Sosa

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