Guildford is getting it’s first Vietnamese restaurant soon and foodies are getting rather excited about it.
Ahead of its launch, GetSurrey was given a sneak peek inside the restaurant and a taste of some of the best-selling dishes.
The team was also given some top tips on eating there for the first time.
Top tips for your first visit to Pho:
- The name of the restaurant is pronounced ‘fo’ (like faux) , while the name of the national dish is pronounced ‘fur’ (like cat fur).
- The national dish is a rice noodle soup served with a side plate of fresh herbs to add as you please.
- Only chopsticks and wooden soup spoons are on the table (if you need a knife and for, just ask)
- The toilets are unisex and there is a sign on the door saying ‘Whichever’.
- Your eyes are guaranteed to be bigger than your belly.
- Most of the menu is gluten free and there are lots of vegan options.
- You can ask your soup stock to be beef, chicken or veggie.
- There is a range of seating available include booths, stools and tables for two.
- The restaurant is spilt over two levels.
- You access the restaurant from the street.
- You cannot book a table, it’s walk-in only.
- The food id super healthy and low in calories, so don’t hold back!
The 6 must-try dishes all Pho virgins must try:
1. Goi cuon – fresh rice paper summer rolls with prawns, herbs, vermicelli and pickle with peanut sauce (£5.25)
Taste-test – wonderfully soft and fresh. The thick and creamy dipping sauce is incredibly smooth and moreish.
2. Chả gio – crispy pork spring rolls served with lettuce and herbs and nước chấm sauce (£5.75)
Taste-test – The wraps are superbly crisp and they have a generous filling.
3. Goi ga – salad with Asian herbs, peppers and a chilli ginger dressing (£7.95)
Taste-test – Not the easiest to eat with chopsticks, but the dressing is fantastically exotic.
4. Pho chín – tender brisket (a bit like roast beef) slow cooked in Pho’s classic 12 hour stock (£9.25)
Taste-test – The tasty beef is similar to super succulent pulled pork and the broth has a rich depth.
5 . Pho nam rom – Enoki, shiitake and button mushrooms cooked in Pho’s classic 12 hour stock (£8.95)
Taste-test – the mushrooms are surprisingly meaty and filling and the broth was fragrant, intense and divine.
6. Com tam dac biet – rice bowl with chargrilled chicken thigh topped with wok-fried Chinese leaf, radish, cucumber and pickles, finished with peanuts, herbs and fresh chillies (£9.25)
Taste-test – this is comfort food at its best. The rice is soft and filling and the toppings are nutritious and exceptionally aromatic.