SquareMeal Review of
Pho & Bun
Part of the same family as Holborn’s Viet Eat, this casual Vietnamese restaurant is a welcome addition to Shaftesbury Avenue. The split-level dining room is cramped and noisy, best suited to a cheap meal with friends. Perhaps start with spring rolls or fiery crisp fried squid, before a bowl of pho, rice and noodle dishes, or the speciality steamed bun burgers. With Bao doing a roaring trade nearby, a burger patty sandwiched between two steamed buns might seem a logical progression. Sliced mango replaces the traditional cheese, but sadly the result isn’t as tasty as a good burger or bao – and the fillings easily slip out. Our advice? Stick to summer rolls, fat with juicy tiger prawns, and the superb-value pho almost overflowing with tofu, chicken, steak or BBQ pork. Desserts include a perfectly light, wobbly pandan and coconut pannacotta. Low prices and happy staff tie up a pleasing package.