"This is no frills, no fuss delicious Vietnamese cooking at its best"Review Rating: Reviewed by Laurel
Sometimes it’s the most unassuming restaurants that end up being some of your best meals. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a fancy pants experience as much as the next glutton, but I’ve had plenty of brilliant meals for under twenty quid and Pho & Bun is most definitely one of them.
From the same family at Holborn’s Viet Eat, Pho & Bun’s menu emphasises authentic Vietnamese street food at a reasonable price, in a setting that will make you feel like you’ve stepped out in Hanoi.
The Shaftesbury avenue restaurant might be small, but it’s mighty. The menu features all the Vietnamese classics but with a few delicious additions that offer a twist on the traditional. The summer rolls with tiger prawns are the perfect seasonal snack; fresh bundles of crispy veg in a gossamer thin roll, with a deliciously sweet and sharp chilli soy sauce for dipping.
Make sure to order a rainbow mango salad. It’s summer in a bowl; a mountain of juicy shredded carrot, courgette and beansprouts with a sprinkling of shredded peanuts to add extra crunch. A very reasonable £6.50, it’s a meal in itself.
While the classic pho is the perfect warming tonic for a chilly day, the Càri ri rau c? also did a pretty good job. A steaming pot of vegetarian curry, with delicate chunks of sweet potato, aubergine and cherry tomatoes, it had a not insignificant kick to it; proper comfort food.
I plumped for their signature Bao Burger, freshly made in house every day and served with salad, house pickle, fresh herb, home-made mayonnaise and choice of free range organic meat. While the eight hour confit pork belly with secret soy sauce, pickle cucumber and chilli sounded divine, I settled on the BBQ honey pork belly with apple and chilli mayonnaise and it didn’t disappoint. Gooey, juicy pork absolutely melted in the mouth, while the fluffy boo bun cleverly makes it feel like it’s not as naughty as it actually is, given it’s so much lighter than a normal offering. Clever. Deliciously mess, it will end up all over your fingers.
This is no frills, no fuss delicious Vietnamese cooking at its best. The location is almost too convenient; in a district of dodgy tourist-trap chain restaurants, this is one fantastic food stop that’s a diamond in the rough.
Laurel reviewed pho & bun on Mon 15 Jul 2019