Address 149 Upper Street, Unit B, London N1 1RA
Web site none
Main dish price range £4.5
Rating 4 Stars. The best place we know to nurse a pho addiction.
|Someone's studying up on one of London's best banh mi places.|
When we last checked in with Pho Express, this tiny, Islington outpost serving Vietnamese food and crispy banh mi was still finding its footing, experimenting with some new ingredients and tweaking the menu and sandwich seasonings with every visit. Now, several months in, we feel the need to give our loyal and faithful readers an update. Why? This place has gone from being good to simply amazing.
One of the first things I feel the need to address is the actual pho itself, which last time, as you may all remember, Nick and I had yet to try. Now, it's worth noting that I have always not been the world's biggest pho fan. I'm never sure what to do when I get the varietals that have hoisin sauce and radishes in little containers on the side, and I've worried in the past that I've taken versions of the soup and either overly seasoned it or kept it so simple I was missing some of the key allure. So it's much to my relief that at Pho Express, the four types of pho on hand (£5-6 each) are made entirely by you for the staff-- and are unlike any I've had before with their amazingly delicate flavorings and quality ingredients. Here, the broth is a light, beef broth, loaded high with large pieces of meat (your choice of chicken, beef, prawn or chicken plus beef), tons of fresh cilantro, and bits of lime that give it a refreshing citrus finish.
|Pho shizzle: The amazing beef pho (Pho Bo) at Pho Express.|
|Pho fan, pho-ever.|
|Taking in the local Angel scene, and the yummy banh mi.|
|Believe the hype.|