Pho & Bun, Chinatown, London
Earlier in the year I was doing MealPal and for someone in a place like Soho, this was amazing! You prepay for a lunch subscription-type service with lots of restaurants in the area participating. Lots of new food places to try and some discount lunching. Pho & Bun was one of the better ones from the bunch, and I’ve since returned for another sample. As the name suggests, it’s a Vietnamese-styled eatery although the menu is more bun than bun cha.
Fill my belly
The pork bao from Pho & Bun was less of a fusion, and more of a burger-like creation. The caramelised pork is gobsmacking delicious and feels rather modern. On the other hand, it’s not really enough for a full lunch if you have a decent appetite.
The bao is fluffy like a cloud, and there’s even a branded print on the top. And the grilled pork belly pieces were absolutely tasty, the sweet, tantalising glaze contrasting with the creamy mayo. Lettuce was a little messy, as you can tell, and I thought the slice of apple was a little out of place. Perhaps shreds in the lettuce mix would have been better in my mind. At £7.50 it’s best eaten alongside another menu choice.
I accidentally ordered the same bao on my return visit to Pho & Bun! I didn’t realise which section of the menu it was in and it sounded good. Same thoughts – and just as happy with it on the second time around too. Again, I did feel it’s not really a meal in itself. This time it was part of their lunch offering, which includes one of the sides.
Not on a roll
This time it was the spring rolls. I actually ordered the vegetarian ones, and then got a bit of a shock when I bit into prawn. I got super confused with the server as I think she took the cost of the bill as a gesture of goodwill, but then she added it back on… It’s a fine spring roll nonetheless.