Pho & Bun 5 Course Tasting Menu

I was recently invited to review the 5 Course Tasting Menu at Pho & Bun, a casual cafe-style Vietnamese restaurant specialising in traditional noodle soups and filled buns. Building on the success of Viet Eat Holborn, Pho & Bun emphasises the offering of authentic Vietnamese street food at a reasonable price and in a setting that will make you feel as if you’ve stepped foot in Vietnam.

Located on Shaftesbury Avenue, just around the corner from Chinatown and Soho, don’t let the small unassuming restaurant exterior fool you the restaurant has two floors and quickly fills to capacity. Focused on crafting stunning dishes like their traditional Vietnamese Pho which carries the pleasant richness of beef bones being simmered overnight for 18 hours, together with a balanced combination of different herbs and spices.

They created the revolutionary Steamed Bun Burger, a first in the London-Vietnamese culinary scene and combines beef patties with freshly steamed buns that are made in-house every day. So of course we had to go for that as our one main dish although I did skip their signature smoky mayonnaise sauce as I’m just not a mayonnaise kind of girl. Whilst a burger may not appeal to you there is a vegetarian menu and there are plenty of gluten free options so they really cater well to a majority of dietary requirements.

Before getting the chance to try the revolutionary Steamed Bun Burger you get to choose three starters and believe me you will not go hungry during this meal. The £27.95 price tag is well worth it for the five courses you receive as they are all hearty meals that won’t leave you wanting more. From the starters I went for the Chilli Salt & Pepper Squid, which are gluten free, Sticky Honey Chicken Wings and the Honey Glazed Ribs which were all delicious. The Honey Glaze was so more-ish and I am a big fan of squid and the Chilli Salt & Pepper flavouring did not disappoint.

I went with my friend Abi who went for the Fresh Summer Roll with Tiger Prawn, the Vegan Mango Salad with Tiger Prawn, both gluten free options, and the Honey Glazed Spare Ribs. We were both rather full once we had finished our starters but followed them with the 28 Day Dry Aged Beef Bao Burgers in the Steamed Bun Burger. I have to say that my first thought on trying the Steamed Bun was confusion as it has a surprisingly light and sweet flavour to it that I wasn’t expecting but after a few bites I got used to the flavour and it was rather tasty.

Once it came to desserts we were very much at the tipping point of being too full to pick anything but when the waiter said that as well as the options on the menu we could have frozen yoghurt with a citrus sauce drizzled on top. As I’ve never tried frozen yoghurt before I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to give it a try and whilst tasty it doesn’t beat a classic ice cream for me. All in all I would definitely recommend Pho & Bun, the price of the tasting menu is well worth the amount of food you get, the food satisfies the taste buds and fills you up to the point you are not left wanting more. The only downside I had was that the restaurant can get a little cramped as it gets busier but then that also shows just how good of a restaurant it is right.

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  • Reply Nabanita Dhar

    Oh, my! This is just my kind of food.

    There is a similar place in my city and the food is great but it too gets cramped. I guess it’s just popular.

    July 18, 2018 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Louise McEwan

    This place sounds and looks delicious!

    July 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply sammi

    I wish I could go there every day. They are so tempting.

    July 18, 2018 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Amber Myers

    Yes please! All of this food sounds SO good. I would love to try this out.

    July 18, 2018 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Shannon Gurnee

    I love pho! We have a place about 45 minutes from us that makes amazing pho. This sounds like a yummy place to visit.

    July 18, 2018 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Tara Pittman

    The starters all sound so yummy. I am glad that you get to choose three of them

    July 18, 2018 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Maysz

    The food looks delicious and I like the concept of the place!

    July 19, 2018 at 4:05 am
  • Reply anshul

    Wow, I would love to visit this place. Recently I was in Singapore and everything looked almost like this.

    July 19, 2018 at 6:02 am
  • Reply Pradnya

    Wow the food looks very tasty! We unfortunately don’t have places like these here.

    July 19, 2018 at 6:57 am
  • Reply Olga Zak

    It’s just awesome foods and mouthwatering…yummy..They are so tempting.

    July 19, 2018 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Kamapala Chukwuka

    Oh my, the food looks so delicious! I do also love the cosy decor and to think this is easily accessible? Ok, will get my girlfriends and I to try this out, thanks to your amazing review 🙂

    July 19, 2018 at 3:20 pm
  • Reply Kaylyn - Life on the Rocks

    I liked this! I’m always looking for good new places to try foreign foods, and I love Vietnamese!

    July 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply Emma Riley

    Wow! The food looks yummy and delicious. Loved the variety of food in the menu. This is what I want.

    July 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Sheryl Thompson

    As I wipe the drool of my keyboard, I’m wishing I was right there in London with you to taste all those delicious morsels. Great pictures….as I said very drool worthy!

    July 19, 2018 at 8:33 pm
  • Reply Abrah

    Oh my gosh this looks so delicious. Your post made me so hungry for these!

    July 19, 2018 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Ruth I.

    Wow. All the food looks interesting and delicious! I wish there is one near my place so I can try their food!

    July 19, 2018 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Jojo Hua

    Ahhhh, this place has been on my list of places to go for FAR too long now! the pictures look delicious too. I’m definitely adding this as a possible place for date night soon 🙂

    July 19, 2018 at 10:30 pm
  • Reply Fritha Quinn

    ah this looks like my kind of night! I love this kind of food! x

    July 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm
  • Reply Dalene Ekirapa

    I’m already salivating! Such treats are just too awesome and I love what you had on your menu especially the dessert! Ice cream is just a favorite!

    July 20, 2018 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Conscious Health Writer

    This place looks amazing! And they have salads with peanuts!! I love it!! They put a nice crunch to the salads!. 🙂

    July 20, 2018 at 6:16 pm
  • Reply anosa

    The food looks delicious! the prawns look devine. my favourite pho flavour is korean beef. it is so tasty!
    The next thing on my agenda is a pho and bun tasting! i didn’t even know such a thing existed.

    July 21, 2018 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply This Mum At Home

    OMG my mouth is watering it looks so so so so yummy! And the place looks like a cool place to go too.

    July 22, 2018 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply prabsahi

    omg, looks amazing and delicious. i wish you had one here. i would totally be the first one to come

    July 24, 2018 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Leo T. Ly

    I love Vietnamese food and I often have it once every other week. I haven’t try this menu yet, but from your pics, it’s mouthwatering and quite enticing. I would love to try the wings and dessert.

    July 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm
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