More than a new feature in the London Vietnamese restaurant landscape, Pho Saigon is a shining light for refined Southeast Asian dining. Quintessentially Vietnamese, Pho Saigon’s signature dishes are the eponymous soups, pho, that have long been a default dish when London is looking for delicate and satisfying flavours. A restaurant with a difference, Pho Saigon’s Bond Street address in Ealing belies the stereotype that Vietnamese means hole-in-the-wall, diner-style atmosphere. Here it’s far more upscale, and this carries through to the fantastic food on offer, too.
The origins of the famous Vietnamese soup that gives Pho Saigon its name are murky, but it’s generally agreed that the dish originated in North Vietnam in the early 20th century and was popularised around the world by refugees. Certainly in London it’s a Southeast Asian speciality that’s on the tip of every foodie’s tongue, with East London’s famous Pho Mile strewn with restaurants offering the dish. Out west in Ealing, Pho Saigon is set to raise the bar for Vietnamese cuisine, with no less than ten types of soup covering pho and its lesser known cousin bun bo Hue, a spicy soup associated with the town of Hue.
There’s more to Pho Saigon’s menu that just soup, though, with dishes running the gamut of Vietnamese cuisine. Starters include goi cuon summer rolls filled with salad, noodles and your choice of prawn, pork and prawn or vegetables, banh xeo Vietnamese pancakes, and exotic entrees like grilled quail with pickled carrot and sweet chilli sauce. Other main courses at this top-ranking Ealing restaurant include a range of bun dishes that make use of fine vermicelli rice noodles, bowls of steamed rice heaped with grilled pork belly and Vietnamese curries, and traditional desserts and drinks. Find Pho Saigon down Bond Street, close to Ealing Broadway overground station.
We had a really lovely meal. All the ingredients were fresh, beautifully presented, the service impeccable and the beer cold . We will certainly return.
The food is very delicious.The atmosphere of the shop is very good.
Very good service Food looked bright appetising and fresh and tasted good too. One mistake in our order which meant two had to wait but it was cooked from scratch and well worth waiting for, we will return.
Very good - really great food and service. The food is really fresh and tasty and we all enjoyed our visit and will definately come again soon.
First time visiting Pho Saigon and will likely go back. The service was very good and so was the food. The Ban-Xheo for starter especially.
We visited for lunch, seeing that the restaurant had very good ratings/reviews. The food was excellent and the service also very good. We were also pleasantly surprised by the price as there was a lunch time two-course meal offer on.
Very good food and Great staff. Great value for the money. With friends we tried pho and bun dishes, all were in good proportion. Wanted to try the house special desserts but none available... Will have to come back and try next time.
Amazing food and fantastic service! Would definitely recommend it to friends and family! The staff is lovely and we were recommended by the waiter typical vietnamese food which was perfect for everyone's taste.
Excellent food and really attentive, cheerful service. Every dish we had was a pleasure to eat and beautifully presented. The restaurant was full the evening we went, and deserves to be popular.
The restaurant is located close to the station and easy to find. Food was very tasty and people there were helpful and considerate. I would rate 6 if there is more variety in food selections.