Pho is a Vietnamese street food restaurant located on Bold Street Liverpool, nestled between other similar “street food” type restaurants like Mowgli & Miyagi. I love that Bold Street is now being utilised to its full potential. The once run down street, now has a hip New York District feel to it. The place is booming with all walks of life, all on the hunt to be fed and watered.
The lovely bunch at Pho invited me and my Mum along to sample the menu, and we arrived on a Friday evening around 6pm. We was greeted by the manager Ed, who showed us to our table and had a chat with us about Pho, and the type of dishes they served.
The tables were spacious, and the restaurant had a laid-back rustic feel. Our eyes were drawn straight to the Spring Cocktail called – Hot in Hanoi (£7.00). The cocktail consisted of Ha Noi vodka, chilli, lemongrass and cucumber. I am a chilli fiend, and I could not resist giving it a whirl.
It was refreshing and crisp offering a slight heat from the fresh chilli, but nothing to over-powering. The flavours were all balanced really well. I highly recommend, and I would have happily sipped it all night.
We had a good look over the menu, and the staff were helpful and attentive offering us advice about what dishes they thought we would like. We decided to order the Goi Cuon vegetable spring rolls (£4.50) and the Muc Chien Gion baby squid (£6.95) to start.
The fried baby squid was served with fresh sliced spring onion and coriander. There was a bowl with powder in, and when you squeezed the lime into it this created a zingy, moorish, salt, pepper and lime dipping sauce. The squid was cooked to perfection, with a light tasty batter coating each piece – not a rubbery piece in sight. 10 out of 10.
The spring rolls were crispy and packed full of veggies, I really liked the peanut sauce served alongside them. My Mum isn’t a big fan of peanut dipping sauce, so the staff brought her a fish style sauce packed with ginger. She said it was really tasty, and complimented the spring rolls well.
For our mains after a lot of deliberation, Mum decided to get the Ca-ri (£8.50) which is a fragrant Vietnamese curry served with vegetables, crispy shallots and nuts. I had a taste and can confirm it was utterly delicious. It was flavoursome, and the variety of vegetables packed in to the curry were much welcomed. The textures and flavours complimented the rice beautifully.
I opted for the Bun (£9.95) vermicelli noodles, with king prawn. The bowl was packed full of noodles with a chilli and lemongrass wok-fried topping. There was also fresh herbs, beansprouts and nuts, and a vegetable spring roll. To finish there was a bowl of pour over nuoc cham side sauce.
I was advised to pour the sauce all over, and mix the dish all together. The dish tasted zesty, flavoursome and super fresh. I like my food spicy, so added some (a lot) of chilli oil into the mix. The king prawns were the star of the dish. Meaty, succulent and fresh. This dish was right up my street and if you like noodles, then I highly recommend.
So by this point as you can imagine we were full, our waitress was so passionate and she persuaded us to share the Banh la dua, a Pandan pancake with roasted coconut inside, and served with a scoop of coconut ice-cream.
It was as good as it looks. More of a light as a feather crepe than a pancake, the crispy coconut was perfect alongside the creamy coconut ice-cream. Me and Mum thoroughly enjoyed it.
Fed and watered we both agreed that Pho was a great restaurant offering reasonably priced, fresh, tasty food.
The staff were attentive, helpful, knowledgeable and super friendly. The service was quick, but the quality of the food was still top-notch.
There are a number of Pho Restaurants located across the country and you can find more information here
*The food & drink featured in this post were complimentary.
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