Where to eat in London (... and Brighton!) - Pho Vietnamese!
OK, so I know London cabbies are known for saying some pretty random things, and when I moved down to London and got into the taxi, one of the first things this London cabbie told me was "you gotta try Pho love!"
Now, when it comes to Japanese, I've always been a Wagamama kinda girl. However, I've got to admit I've gone off it a little more recently. I don't know if you agree, but go back 5/10 years when it more niche, it had a little more about it. Now, with cafes popping up all over the joint, it's kind of lost it's appeal.
Enter Pho! Owned by couple Stephen and Juliette Wall, who opened up their first outlet in London Clerkenwell, ten years on Pho is still a family run business with restaurants in London, Brighton, Leeds and Manchester. So, following a day to Brighton beach with my girlies, we decided to give Pho a go!
|Natalie, Pauline and I at Brighton beach|
Located just behind Brighton beach, in a little cobbled street, the restaurant is bright and inviting. After a quick pic, we were ready to fill our hungry stomachs!
Inside, restaurant features an open lay out and, keeping in the Vietnamese tradition, has long seated benches with tables for sharing.
Unsurpisingly, it was the 'Phojito' Cocktail that caught our eye, a Vietnamese take on our favourite mojito made with Son Tinh Rurou spirits. Just what was needed after a morning spent on the Brighton Pier rollercoasters!
With everything looking so delicious, we decided to all go for a different option each, so we could test more out! First up, some prawn filled rice paper rolls as starters...
For mains, Natalie went for the Prawn Cam Tam - or, in English, 'broken rice'. A fragrant Vietnamese curry with veggies and mushrooms, topped with crushed nuts and served with the 'broken rice'. We are still trying to figure out exactly what makes the rice 'broken' ... but regardless, it tasted good!
|Prawn Cam Tam|
Meanwhile, Pauline (also a Waga's kinda girl!) was looking for something similar to the Pad Thai style dish she would usually get, so was delighted to see the Pho Xoa - or, in English, 'Wok fried noodles'. Lemongrass, Chilli and Asian greens, stir fried with noodles and then topped with peanuts, it didn't disappoint! The only thing we felt is that it could have done with some soy sauce through it, however the waiter was more than happy to bring us along a separate little dish to mix in. Perfect!
Best For: Lunch, dinner, drinks, coffees - Pho really does suit any occassion. Added to this, they also offer takeaway - perfect alternative to that carry-out Chinese if you're trying to be healthy!!
|Pho to Go|
Must try dish: Most definitely the Pho - it is their speciality for a reason!
Would I go back? Definitely! With 11 restaurants dotted around London, I don't even need to wait until another trip to the seaside before I go back. Having said that, Brighton was great fun - even if the weather wasn't so good, the delicious meal and awesome rides at Brighton Pier more than made up for it!!
|View from Brighton Pier|
|On the waltzers|