Walking through the heart of Soho on a wet and windy January afternoon there was nothing that could have soothed my soul more than the warm hearty welcome and delicious comfort food on offer at Pho. From the exposed terracotta brick work and sparkling lanterns to the delicious smelling aromas that permeated the air, Pho most certainly didn’t disappoint on first impressions.

Once we were shown to our seats in a cosy corner of the restaurant sporting a lovely window view, one of the many accommodating staff members explained the menu and kindly recommended a selection of dishes and cocktails to help us decide. The menu, which was varied but not extensive featured a range of Vietnamese wok fried, curry, and noodle dishes as well as a selection of starters, salads and deserts.

food1Pho Xa0

drinksDứa Colada

To start we shared a portion of fried vegetable spring rolls and baby squid with a salt, pepper and lime dip. Then for main I opted for the chicken curry and broken rice, which came highly recommended by our attentive waiter while my friend chose the Pho Xao – a kind of Vietnamese Pad Thai for those not in the know!

food2Vegetable Spring Rolls

starteerBaby Squid

Each of the four dishes were delicious, well presented and filling; to the point where we weren’t sure if we could even look at a sweet, but we managed to power through regardless! Having never eaten desert in an asian restaurant before I was intrigued to try and the selection on offer at Pho offered some unique options. We plumped for the pandan pancake with honey and ginger ice cream and the chocolate truffle slab with green tea sorbet. Both were equally palatable, even if a little too filling for our full stomachs!


Chocolate Truffle Slab


Pandan Pancake

So I guess the only thing left to ask is whether I’d return? And my answer would have to be a resounding yes…Pho doubt about it!

By Laura Bennett, Semple Competition Winner







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