pho & bun

76 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6ND
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Address
76 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1D 6ND

Cuisine
Vietnamese

Region
Soho

Nearest Station
Leicester Square (0.16 miles)


This is London's first Vietnamese Burger restaurant characterised by the very best beef enveloped in a steamed hirata bun combined with all the zingy flavours you expect from Vietnamese cooking. The Pho has been steamed for 18 hours so making it deep, intense and rich in flavour and taste!

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This is no frills, no fuss delicious Vietnamese cooking at its best

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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.

Reviewed by Laurel
Published on Jul 15, 2019


Introducing the Vietnamese burger

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From the title it’s pretty clear what the theme of Pho & Bun is. While there’s no shortage of places serving Vietnam’s national dish pho, what is new about this restaurant is that they’re introducing their own take on burgers by crossing them with bao, in other words, steamed hirata buns. These super fluffy buns filled with meat or tofu are a popular street food in south east Asia, made famous over here thanks to trendy spot Flesh & Buns and street food traders like Yum Bun.

They’re made with milk powder which gives them a creamy, sweet taste, and choices for fillings on the menu here include beef burger, BBQ honey pork and tiger prawn. We go for the latter, which is battered and topped with lettuce, coriander, mango and wasabi mayonnaise.

Meanwhile the pho’s stock has been made by simmering beef bones for 18 hours, with the options of thick noodles or vermicelli. We go for the red wine braised beef pho with fat noodles, a hearty bowl for £8.95.

In terms of smaller plates the waiter suggests we try the battered salt and pepper squid, garnished with sliced chillis. It’s good, but we’re much more taken with the “seared rare beef carpaccio”, slices of barely cooked beef, ruby-red in the middle and full of flavour.

It’s a compact little joint on Shaftesbury Avenue so it’s full on the Friday night we visit, packed with people of all ages served by very jovial staff. Certainly a nice little stop-off for visitors to the West End.

Reviewed by Leila anonymously
Published on Dec 14, 2015


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