Pho House – Highbury and Islington, London

12I love Vietnamese food. It tastes fresh and healthy but really fills a craving that makes it feel like comfort food at the same time.

The fabulous thing about London is that it is such a multicultural city that we get food from all over the globe and we get it made well, by people who are from those countries. So it is no surprise that we have some great Vietnamese restaurants in London.

My friends and I found out about Pho House about 2 years ago as it right by Highbury and Islington Station and near where we all live.

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We all ordered a sharing seafood platter with the famous Vietnamese summer rolls, some deep fried soft shell crab and some calamaris. It was all delicious and we couldn’t wait to get our mains.20160705_212715IMG_20160705_23242420160705_212821

I personally think the best thing to order here is the special beef pho (I prefer this than chicken or seafood pho in general though). I have tried the bun before but I was not as impressed – but the beef pho is excellent!!

If you like it spicy like I do, then definitely ask for some chilli oil on the side.

http://phohouse.uk/

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Salvation in Noodles – Finsbury Park

When we found out there was a new noodle bar in Finsbury Park, Renata, Emma and I just had to try it out. It was a grey day with the rain spitting down consistently and we thought what better than a large bowl of noodle soup for dinner just a short walk away from home?

I actually had never heard about the Salvation in Noodles in Dalston but the one in Finsbury Park is its new sister branch. Its got a very chilled out vibe with bar stools and benches to sit on.IMG-20150812-WA0022

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IMG-20150812-WA0023We chose a couple of starters to share – a bowl of Vietnamese dumplings and some fresh summer rolls.

The dumplings were serve hot and tasted very much like a Chinese Won Ton served in a mildly spicy sauce. As you bite into the dumpling wrap, all the flavours of the stuffing come bursting out. The Prawn and Pork Summer Rolls were refreshing and tasty. Summer rolls are always my favourite at a Vietnamese restaurant.IMG-20150812-WA0020I had a bun which is rice noodles in a salad with some grilled prawns and I mixed it all together with some chilies and fish sauce for taste. A lovely, healthy, fresh meal!

The girls stayed true to the grey and rainy weather and had bowls of hot pho – a rice noodle in broth. Most of the broths on the menu were made of ox tail – which was full of flavour, but very different froma  normal Vietnamese pho, so as to add a little twist to the dish.IMG-20150812-WA0021

IMG-20150812-WA0019We ended the meal with a Hazelnut Gelato from Hackey to share. It was lovely and not too sweet so that it didn’t ruin the meal.

Overall a very tasty and flavoursome meal. Definitely a must try on a rainy day.IMG-20150812-WA0018

http://www.salvationinnoodles.co.uk/

Tay Do – My Pick of the Great Pho Mile – Hoxton, London

Kingsland Road, aka The Great Pho Mile, is famous for its delicious Vietnamese restaurants. Restaurant after restaurant all the way down Kingsland Road, there are a number of choices. I am sure that everyone has their favourite one. Mine, is Tay Do Cafe.

Why? Well, I believe the tradition of the Pho Mile is the BYOB (bring your own booze) as well as the good food. Unfortunately all the restaurants on the road no longer allow the bring-your-own-booze policy, except for Tay Do. I like that they have continued this East London tradition – plus their food is fabulous and the menu is huge so there is something for everyone’s taste buds.

Yep, I am a huge fan. In fact, I am such a fan that I went twice this week. Once with Hayley, Kuda, and Jean for a girlie catch up dinner and the other time was for Charlotte’s birthday (with Tash, Astrid, Kate, Emma, and Renata).

Some of the starters that we had were:

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Chicken Satay.

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Fresh Prawn Summer Rolls – These are my favourite! They taste so healthy and refreshing with vermicelli noodles, mint, coriander, spring onion, large prawns wrapped in a rice wrap. A signature Vietnamese dish!

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Fried Spicy Squid – also delicious. They are fried with onions, red chilies, and spring onions and are very flavoursome.

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Vegetable Spring Rolls.

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The night of the girlie catch up, I had a bowl of Pho with thinly sliced beef. Pho is another signature Vietnamese dish. The beef stock takes hours to cook and it is boiling hot, then poured onto the flat white rice noodles and raw thin beef to cook them.

A side dish of bean sprouts, lime, mint, and chilies are presented for you to make the soup your own creation.

It is a fabulous dish for a cold rainy night to warm up your belly. (approximately £8 each)

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On Charlotte’s birthday I ordered a lemon grass and beef bun – and yes it is another signature Vietnamese dish. This is a very refreshing dish for hot summery weather. It is dry vermicelli noodles with a lemon grass, onion, garlic, sliced beef stir fry on top and a sweet chili fish sauce on the side to pour over it. Once you pour the sauce over it, mix it all up with the stir fry, and voila! (approximately £9 each)

Tay Do Cafe – My pick of The Great Pho Mile!

http://www.taydo.co.uk/