Continuing on with our Pho Tour, this is our second stop. Mama Pho is just 5 minutes away from Cafe East. I reckon Cafe East is already very good, so surely it must be tough competition for another Vietnamese restaurant in vicinity? So we scouted out this place.
Address: 24a Evelyn Street, London, SE8 5DG, UK
Nearest station: Surrey Quays, Canada Water, Deptford
Price: £15 per head (starter, Pho and tea)
Pro: Good value for money, Pho comes in two different sizes, very attentive service, nice ambience
Con: The inside is a bit small, so not suitable for parties.
Mama Pho is a very popular Vietnamese cafe for the locals. Whenever we went, the place was packed. The cafe has very trendy interiors decorated with wooden beams across the ceilings, providing a nice ambience for customers to enjoy the food. It felt very cosy. The waiters were quite efficient and polite. During our visit, I kept dropping my chopsticks on the floor accidentally, and the waiters were very quick in changing new sets for me.
As usual, we went for one starter to share. We chose the traditional Goi Cuon, which is type of spring rolls containing pork, prawns and vegetables wrapped in ‘rice paper’ known as the bánh tráng. Although the Goi Cuon from Mama Pho was very tasty, I would have preferred the wrapping to be a bit softer.
The pho dishes come in two sizes, standard and large. Cotton’s Daddy went for Pho Tai, the standard rare beef with flat noodles. Whereas I had Bun Tom Hue, king prawn in spicy soup with round noodles.
Add chilli sauce to give the extra kick
The broth of Mama pho was quite light, yet still maintains its flavour. The salt level was quite balanced. It would be perfect for anyone who wants a change from the rich flavoured offered by some of the other Pho places.
It was only until we finished everything, I realised to take a photo comparing different size options. The standard is definitely enough, but if you want to pig out, go for the large.
Thus concludes our 2nd stop of the Pho Tour. What’s next? If you would like to walk this Pho journey with us, please do follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram for food. And if you have you visited Mama Pho, let us know your experience by commenting below.