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3 Great Titchfield Street
Lovers of Vietnamese food who can’t get to Kingsland Road will be glad of this ‘cheap & cheerful’ mini-chain. As the name suggests, trendy Pho specialises in Vietnam’s national dish of noodles in soup, bringing fresh, vibrant cooking ‘bursting with a million flavours’ to London & beyond. Unlike many Vietnamese restaurants that squeeze the entire national repertoire onto one menu, this outfit has edited its selection to variations on soup, bun (vermicelli with stir-fried toppings), goi (salads) & the ever-popular spring & summer rolls. Don’t miss out on the papaya salad, pork & lemongrass meatballs or the house pho with fascinating additions; also, don’t overlook the coffee specialities, including the ‘weasel’ brew made from beans digested & passed by Vietnamese weasels –a Pho UK exclusive.
3 Great Titchfield Street
Oxford Circus Tube Station 136m
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 528m
Topshop (Oxford Circus) 85m
Great Portland Street 110m
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Food + drink: 4
Absolutely perfect for a quick lunch at very reasonable prices. To find somewhere with such high quality – and differentiated – food so close to the chaos of Oxford Street is highly satisfying. Pho does not do pretention (basic decor and slightly tatty menus, staff dressed very casually), but this adds to the effect. It feels very much like a ‘local’ restaurant, perhaps much more suited to a back street in Hackney than its actual location , and it was a highly encouraging sign that we were among the distinct minority, as suit-wearing westerners. My dining comrade and I were immediately made to feel welcome and the menu was clearly explained to us. Rather than offeribng a wide and confusing range of potentially daunting options, there was a clear focus on broths. Staff were very happy to allow us to customise ours with extras. The food arrived promptly and was a delight to eat, very strong emphasis on fresh ingredients and highly flavoursome. The provision of paper bibs for those less dextrous at eating soups with a ladle and chopsticks was also a welcome touch! Full marks to Pho and miles ahead of yesterday's lunch destination (Novikov). Whereas Novikov tries and fails to be all things Asian to those who want to be seen, Pho sticks to what matters, good food, served quickly and efficiently to anyone who ventures to find it.
Wonderful little place around the corner from my flat. I'd become a bit bored of the usual Chinese and Thai Asian meals, but then I came across Vietnamese, and I can't get enough.
Such fresh and zesty flavours, and so very healthy too. It gets very busy here, but we just ring up to find out when it's calmed down a bit as we live so near. Very, very good indeed!
Food + drink: 3
Given a not-so-warm and seemingly disinterested welcome, we were plonked down on the nearest table without any friendly banter or the customary welcoming smile when you go to a restaurant. Service is patchy and inconsistent and definitely slower than it should be, in lieu of the number of staff working. The menu here is simple and a few of the really interesting sounding dishes are only available in the evening, which is a bit of a drag.
We order skewers minced pork and lemongrass meatballs, Vietnamese prawn summer rolls and a salad of unripe mango with minced pork. The meatballs are succulent and moreish and the mango salad is refreshing and crunchy but personally, I find the summer rolls to be a tad bland and the wrapping to be too thick for its scant prawn filling, which even with the dipping sauce (that seems to accompany everything) I could happily live without.
Main courses, we decide to share a bowl of the spicy prawn Pho and a cold dish of ‘bun’ noodles, which are cold vermicelli noodles with chopped vegetables, served with a cold spring roll and a hot meat topping. The Pho is really very good though and comes like a much needed ray of sunshine through the meal. A wonderfully spicy and flavoursome broth brimming with noodles, prawns accompanied by a side plate of the traditional accoutrements of mixed herbs. Desserts are a rather limited and we pass on them. Overall not a bad place to grab a bowl of Pho and its cheap and cheerful. Perhaps Wagamama needs to watch its back if this group sees more success and with its 3rd branch already open in Westfield, it looks like things are on the up.
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