What's For Lunch Today? Pho | Soho

Another Friday, another lunch in Soho... it's a hard life.

Continuing on my quest of trying out Asian foods, I decided to pop along to Pho on Wardour St for lunch after it cropped up on this website, a website I use for lunch inspiration more often than I'd care to admit.

After a little research on their website the decision was made. I've walked passed Pho many times, but never realised they did takeaway. As a reference point it's only a couple of doors up from the Hummingbird Bakery in Soho - great reference point.

The first thing that hit me when I walked in was the awesome fragrant smell, I'm not sure whether it was the food or incense but I liked it. I was shown round to the bar where I ordered my food, despite some reviews I read before leaving, the staff were perfectly friendly and polite. I took a seat for my 5-10 minute wait but before only a few minutes had passed my food was packed and ready to go which was a nice pleasant surprise. In all fairness the restaurant wasn't busy, it was about 12:15 and they open at 12, but still, I'm not complaining.

All the separate elements of the dish are well-packaged in different containers for ease of carrying and to keep everything fresh, which I like. It was also important for me, ordering the pan-fried beef with garlic as I believe it would have been overcooked by the time I got back to the office, had the stock been added beforehand.

So yes, I ordered the Pho tái län, which is their rice noodle pho with pan-fried beef and garlic, accompanied by all the usual suspects, beansprouts, onions, little dried prawns and the herbs and chilli separate. My bowl of pho set me back £6.75 which yes, is a lot for a lunch but considering the cheapest takeout option from Shoryu ramen is more expensive than that, I don't mind. And it was beef. The beef was still pink before adding the stock so it was nice and tender. The noodles were delish - can't go wrong with some rice noodles and the veg accompaniment was fresh and crispy. I also added in a few sprigs of coriander, the chopped chilli and squeezed the lime in. The dish on the whole was refreshing, filling and tasty. I can't actually fault it - although the only thing I'd like is a few more strips of beef but I'm still content.

I don't know whether it's sacrilege to compare ramen and pho - still fairly new to this Asian food game - but if I had to choose between the two, I'd definitely pick Pho over ramen. It still gives you the comfort of warm soupy goodness but is light and fresh, much like Vietnamese food on the whole really.

I'd definitely go back for a takeaway lunch again, not only because it was delicious, but because there are cheaper options and they do have quite a large takeout menu at that. I'd also definitely eat in to justify trying some of their sides and starters... why else?