Vietnamese restaurant group Pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) started out in London, but has since gone over to open scores of restaurants around the UK, with locations in Bristol, Leeds and Leicester to name just a few.
This Manchester outpost is found in the handily located Corn Exchange, situated near to the Arena, the Royal Exchange Theatre and the Arndale. While lots of Vietnamese restaurants try and squeeze all of the nation’s classic dishes onto one menu, Pho does exactly what it says on the tin, honing in on the national dish of noodles in soup.
Of course there are also a few other options to try while you are here, but the Pho is the star of the show. It’s cooked on-site at each location by slowly simmering the bones for 12 hours, before toppings are added. Choose from the likes of beef brisket, chicken breast and king prawns, while there is a tofu and button mushroom variety for vegetarians and vegans.
Aside from the signature dish, you can also enjoy a range of starters, such as pork and lemongrass meatballs, crispy spring rolls and chicken wings slicked with sriracha. There are also a few more substantial dishes on the menu for those not in the mood for Pho, thanks to dishes such as wok-fried noodles and Vietnamese curries featuring chicken, tofu or beef brisket.
When it comes to drinks, Pho’s menu is well equipped with an international selection of wines, while house cocktails include a Phojito and a Vietnamese Bloody Mary that’s spiked with sriracha. If you’re staying away from the booze, order one of Pho’s made to order juices or try the spicy lemonade, while for coffee lovers, the super strong Vietnamese blends are a must try.
Speedy service, fair pricing and plenty of deals to take advantage of (two courses for £10.95, 15% off for students) all help to seal Pho Manchester’s well-deserved popularity.