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Having trawled (and enjoyed) all the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland road in our London days, Mr Towers and I decided to try this more commercial Vietnamese haunt with location in Shoreditch, Westfields and just off Oxford Street.

Logistics meant that we opted for the Great Titchfield street restaurant near Oxford street.

By signing up to the website beforehand, and indicating your closest or favourite restaurant location I became a ‘Pho-natic’.

This gave me a 40% discount on my bill in exchange for my contact details – bargain.

With a chilies Saigon beer we tried two starters and two mains.

Starters:

Fresh Spring Rolls- These were not made with both pork and prawn like our usual ones but just with prawn. They were nice, served cut in two as they usually do in restaurants and had carrot in them like the ones we’ve had in Hanoi.  Served with nuoc cham. Have to say they were ok but a bit bland compared to our usual.

Banh Xeo Tom Ga  (known in my house as ‘Chinese Pizza’)

weirdly crispy. Nice enough with its mix of meat, prawn, soy beans and mint but usually I’ve had this in a floppy floury version rather than crispy. All in all I was quite pleased with it though.

Pho Tai or Pho with steak.

It was served well enough with separate chilli, coriander and soy for me to add to my linking but it was also a bit bland. Not in spice terms but in tastiness terms.

The broth was dark but lacking in flavour. I love Pho but this was really just like any soup. Maybe it was an off night or the quarter of lime was not enough to give the massive bowl a bit of zestiness but I was not really impressed.

Service was good and friendly and the location very hip, but I do feel that more was done with appearances and marketing than with the actual food.

Pho Cafe

Atmosphere: Homely but well designed

Food: Not bad but it’s not going to cure homesickness for Vietnamese food!

Price: £40 for 3 people with 2 beers each, pretty good thanks to the discount!

Would we go back? Not so sure

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Just a quick update to say we’re off to Vienna tomorrow so expect lots of reviews of local restaurants and bars.

As for last night I successfully prepared a couple of pan fried duck legs on a bed of onions with a chilli, fish sauce and juice of two limes dressing.

Mr Towers suggested a teaspoon of sugar would have been an improvement but I’ quite pleased that few scraps could be used to put together a perfectly acceptable meal to go with our fragrant Jasmine rice-yum!

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