Banh Mi Boys is one of the highest rated restaurants in Toronto Zomato, and also one of the most popular ones, judging by the volume of reviews and the crowds inside. And all for under an $8! I head in twice for two of their […]
Salvation in Noodles might not have the shiniest service, but it’s a fully acceptable hipster Vietnamese option. Finsbury Park doesn’t have the most numerous eating options, so it’s a fair choice for when you need it. For me, Salvation in Noodles (also self-referential as SIN), is […]
A London summer feels like such a forgotten memory. But when it was that sunny time of year, my friends and I headed over for a day in Greenwich. Such a lovely place, lots to see, and we were treated to such good weather. We stopped by Pho Street at a late afternoon for some tea and bao. Both were well done, it’s a nice little store even if it did feel touristy.
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. […]
So the box might not look appetising, but this was one of my favourite lunches from my Mealpal subscription. Banh Mi Bay is located in Fitzrovia, so it’s one skip over busy Oxford St to get there from the office. It’s a busy spot for […]
I’m not completely sure what the schtick with Mapa Cafe is, but there’s three of them in London. They offer a jack-of-all-meals approach: there’s sandwiches, Vietnamese food, coffee, bagels, sandwiches. So whatever takes your lunch time (or other time) fancy. A little confusing but I’m not one to argue with lots of choices. I had the Vietnamese noodle salad with pork belly. Yeah – pork belly! It’s good here. They slice it to order so it has that crunchy crackling. You might not be able to see it under the garnish of peanuts, shallots and coriander. The sauce on the salad is all up to you and I went with my buddy hoisin. The noodles need a bit of rough housing to get the distribution right, but it’s a nice -if not, odd, mix- for your speedy lunch break.
This week we had our agency away day, and whilst I lasted as long as I could with the drinks courtesy of the company tab (that’s a reasonable while, mind you) the hunger eventually came into play. There’s only so long fries can delay an inevitable, […]
Here in London I have a constant craving for Asian food. The choices are few and far between (other than Chinatown) and I haven’t quite found the relaxed authenticity that is so common back in my adopted Melbourne. I got a job. And celebrated with […]
Hao Phong left me speechless with the generous portion sizes. It was mammoth. Myself and friends started off the new year checking out Footscray Market and headed along to Hao Phong for lunch. It offers a blend of Vietnamese-Chinese cuisine in a casual setting, not unlike many of the other eateries on Hopkins Street. The tea on table and DIY cutlery and all too familiar and you can also expect the same friendliness, speed and value as well. I veered from the group in ordering my own dish as well as getting away with a steal of some of the other plates. Imagine great tasting food, interesting flavours and an authentic experience.
There is over 189 options on the menu here at Hao Phong. And you know what? It might be good enough to warrant working your way through a chunk of that. I went with a reliably strong choice in the grilled pork with fine rice vermicelli ($12). You get so much pork, so much salad, so much noodle. This was a rare occasion in which I couldn’t finish the bowl and that’s to say the dish was tasty as well.
The other three were feeling more team-spirited and shared a number of choices amonst themselves. Stir fried fish with vegetables (as above) and some water spinach with garlic sauce (as below).
I stole a chunk of their deep fried chicken ribs with salted egg yolk ($15.80) and these were good, though I think we agreed it could have done with more salt. Again, a lot of chicken is here for the price.
As with many other places in Footscray, Hao Phong offers truly impressive value-for-money dishes with so many options for diners. I found the more Vietnamese, traditional options on this occasion more successful.