Firstly, apologies for the title (sorry not sorry). So I’ve got a stack of food reviews to write where I’ve been so busy, so today I’m going to take you back to the 8th October, my birthday weekend. My friend Emily and I met in Birmingham (which is where she is from, but is currently up in Leeds studying Law – yes Emski!) and we decided to visit our new favorite place, Pho. It’s there as soon as you get off at New Street, and the food is just amazing.
So what is Pho? Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant which specialises in, you guessed it, Pho. Pho is a traditional rice noodle soup served with a mixture of additional herbs for you to add as you please, making each soup perfectly tailored to you. In addition, as they are called pho, they stick to tradition and bring it all out properly with traditional cutlery, table condiments, and the herb dish.
To start we shared Bánh phồng tôm which is prawn crackers with sweet chilli sauce (£2.75), that was actually a side, and Chả giò which is crispy spring rolls served with lettuce and herbs to wrap and dip (£4.95 for 4). These spring rolls were nothing like the Chinese style spring rolls you would get in a takeaway though, packed with exotic mushrooms, cabbage and various vegetables covered in a slightly thicker style pastry which was the definition of crispy.
For main I went for the Phở chay – Tofu & button mushrooms (£8.25). This came with a choice of broths, either chicken or veggie, and of course, I went veggie. Complete with a table of condiments such as hot sauce, fish sauce, chili vinegar and garlic, and chili vinegar, then complimented with a tray of herbs. Personally, I added chili, coriander, a little bit of Thai basil, and the beansprouts to mine. Overall, this bowl of soup is the perfect comfort food and you will be happy to know that Pho prides itself when it comes to nutrition, as they state that“pho dishes are all low in fat, saturated fat & are a good source of 10 of your vitamins and minerals including vitamins C, B3, B6, folate, iron and magnesium – nutrients which all contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue!”. So its all good for you but doesn’t taste it? That’s my kind of meal!
However, I have yet been able to finish a bowl at Pho, the portions are massive. Massive and very messy… perhaps not a date food. “Go for the curry” I say, recalling ems hair being soaked in broth. So going on a date? hair tied back and curry.
As I mentioned earlier though, they keep to tradition, right down to their cutlery which is fine for me as I can eat with chopsticks; however, for Em… well… they will give you spoons and forks on request.
Overall, if you are ever in the area and want to try something knew then give Pho a try, perfect for all dietary requirements.
So a very quick summary and rate (out of 5):
- Allergen menu: 4 – Great for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free
- My Meal: 4.5
- Overall service 3.5
- Worth the money you’re paying? Yes