Do you ever have a meal that you just can’t stop thinking about for days after you’ve eaten it? That’s exactly what I’ve been doing since visiting Pho in Manchester at the weekend. I literally cannot stop thinking about the amazing food we ate. It was truly delicious. Which is a total spoiler alert for this entire blog post really – I cannot fault anything about the food or service. I could leave it at that, but that’d be rude, so let me tell you a little more about what satisfied my belly so much when we visited.
Fresh, Asian food is pretty much my favourite cuisine. Give me a Tom Kha soup over a burger any day (although burgers, if you’re reading this don’t take that to heart, I still love you lots xox). Tampopo has always been my favourite Asian Fusion restaurant, however, since a menu switch around I haven’t visited for a while, as the selection just isn’t as exciting as it once was. Pho has been on my radar for a while as a replacement for my noodley broth fix, so I was extra excited when we were invited down to review.
For starters we went for some fruity based salads. Papaya salad is one of my favourite dishes, so when I spotted a selection of ‘Gỏi’ (which is the word for Salad in Vietnamese), we immediately went for the Mango and Banana blossom options. The Banana blossom salad had a spicy kick and was finished with the delicate fruitiness of star fruit scattered over the top, which the Mango salad didn’t stray too far away from the classic papaya version I already know and love. At this point we’re still not sure what part of the salad was actually the ‘banana blossom’ but the only thing we couldn’t identify was the noodle-like strands throughout. We ordered these as starters not realising that they were actually meant to be mains, whoops! Regardless, we scoffed them down and came to the conclusion that the delciousness was worth feeling overly full for the remainder of the evening.
For mains, we went for a ‘Phở bò combo’ and ‘Cà-ri’ served with a side of tangy lotus stems with green bean & sesame seeds. For those know in the know, Pho is the broth dish, which is served with a selection of herbs and spices to tailor the dish to your own tastes. On the table there is a variety of oils and sauces, alongside the fresh plate that is bought out with the big bowl! The combo bowl contained beef brisket, meatballs and steak providing deliciousness in every mouth full.
I opted for the Cà-ri as I just love any dish that is creamy, nutty and a little bit spicy. This was served with broken rice and was full of crunchy fresh vegetables and beef brisket. I cannot stop thinking about how taste-tastic this was. If I was to choose a dish to eat for the rest of my life this would totally be the one.
The lotus stems in the side dish were interesting too and complimented both meals really well. They were crunchy but tender and tangy yet savoury, Like nothing I’ve really had before! I would like to say that when I go Pho again I’ll be trying some other things on the menu, but to be honest I don’t think I will have too because this meal was what my culinary dreams are made of.
Overall, Pho was pretty bloody perfect. Service was amazing, with the waiter having an advanced knowledge of the menu inside, out. The food came out quickly, despite being a fairly busy Saturday evening and the entire menu was priced reasonably. Thank you Pho, I can’t wait to come back and put more of your grub in to my mouth.