Pho Spitalfields Vietnamese Restaurant Review

1 Feb
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Pho Vietnamse Restaurant Spitalifields

I’ve been a bit of a greedy little piggy the last few weeks eating lots of nice food. Pho Spitalfields  is one of the many places I have been lucky enough to dine at. On an icy cold day in London, a friend and I popped into Pho Spitalfields  Vietnamese restaurant on Brushfield Street for a spot of  lunch. With the weather being so cold all I was thinking about was eating some hot spicy food to get the blood pumping again.

Vietnamese Coffee

Vietnamese Coffee

Pho’s concept is very laidback and simple, Pho Spitafield’s is housed in an old building and the furnishings were spartan and simple, much like you would find in an old Vietnamese cafe. We were shown to our table by a very nice lady before starting our Pho experience by enjoying a cup of Jasmine tea and Vietnamese coffee. The coffee was a nice wake up and the condensed milk made it nice and sweet.

Pho Jasmine Tea

Pho Jasmine Tea

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Nem Nuong: delicious pork and lemongrass meatballs

For starters I opted to try the Nem Nuong which are pork and lemongrass meatballs. I expected these to be really spicy but they were fairly mild and I couldn’t really taste much lemongrass but with the chilli dipping sauce the balls were nice. Ewa went for the Goi Cuon Tom which were delicious prawn rolls served cold.

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Goi Cuon Tom: fresh summer rolls with prawns and fresh herbs

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Wok fried flat rice noodles with lemongrass, chilli and onion. Served with peanuts and nuoc cham*.

Now, for my favourite part of any meal the main course. I tried the wok fried noodles, with chicken and chilli. This tasted amazing! Lovely succulent chicken with firm noodles cooked in a spicy sauce, very yummy. The peanuts were a nice way to give the dish a bit of a crunchy texture. I completely cleared my plate! Ewa opted for the Bun Tom Hue soup which I was shocked at how large it was when it arrived, I would think that it could easily serve as a dish for two. Also we both had a bit of giggle when Ewa was asked if she wanted a bib. I can see why though, as trying to drink the soup with the wooden spoon was messy.

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Bun Tom Hue: hot and spicy juicy tiger prawn soup

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Missy Ewa doesn’t look impressed with the bib…

We were so stuffed after two courses that we decided to pass on dessert.

Overall, we had a nice lunch at Pho, it definitely has a fuss-free laid back vibe about which we liked. The staff were courteous and friendly and we didn’t feel hurried to leave. For a chain Pho serves quite reasonable food in terms of price and quality.

For more information about Pho Spitalfields visit http://www.phocafe.co.uk/locations/spitalfields

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