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Restaurant review – Pho, Wardour Street

Although my home cooking is now almost totally on track going gluten-free, it is always difficult and a bit nerve-wracking eating out. When my friend suggested we eat at Pho, a Vietnamese street food cafe in Soho, I scanned through their menu online and was impressed.  Most, if not all, of their dishes are based around 100% rice noodles, making it a million times easier for me to find something sans gluten.

I arrived on time, to find my friend was going to be late. We were expecting another friend (the three of us went to primary school together), and I could bet good money that she would also be late (I was right), so I took the opportunity to get a table, relieved that I could ask the waitress a few questions about the menu without having to feel embarrassed. I know I shouldn’t feel embarrassed, as it’s a medical condition I can’t do anything about, but I just hate making a fuss of myself.

The waitress assured me that all the main dishes were gluten-free, apart from those with ginger soy sauce in them. Feeling happier, I ordered a homemade lemonade with vodka and mint (£4.00), and took my time deciding what to eat.

I settled on the Pho Xao Thit Ga (£7.95) – pan-fried flat rice noodles with chicken and prawn. It was delicious.

Yeah, this dish isn’t exactly suitable for peanut allergy sufferers. But it was flavoursome and fresh and not too heavy. I had room for dessert!

I asked the waitress to check if the banana fritters were gluten-free (they weren’t), so I picked the strawberry and basil sorbet (£3.75)

I was over excited to get stuck in, so I forgot to take a picture before I demolished it, but I’m sure you can imagine what two scoops would look like ;). According to the menu, it had at least 55% real fruit in it, and I suspect they added sugar because it was quite sweet. Since getting the Vitamix last year, we have made sorbet and ice-cream without any added sugar, so I think my tastes have grown accustomed to less sugar. But having said that, it was still delicious, although there could have been more basil in it.

Overall, it was a very pleasant dining experience. The interior of the restaurant is cosy and warm, and the serving staff are very helpful. Coeliacs can eat almost everything on the menu, and my bill came to just £15.70. There are 4 branches in London, and one in Brighton, so I would suggest you check out their website to find the most convenient one for you! Highly recommended!

163-165 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8WN

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 12 – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 10pm

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5 thoughts on “Restaurant review – Pho, Wardour Street

  1. Hi,

    I just came across your blog and this review of Pho. I run a Gluten Free travel website which brings together reviews of places to eat/stay around the world on a GF diet.

    I was hoping thta you may allow me to use this review on the site please? I will happily link back to the blog and subscribe for future ideas.



    Posted by TravelGlutenFree | May 11, 2011, 10:47 am
  2. I have always loved Pho Cafe and I’ve gone there many times and had a great experience. Unfortunately, I went to the Pho in Soho and the waitress was tired by dessert of hearing me ask if there was gluten and told me no wheat flour was used in the restaraunt. The banana fritters were certainly not gluten free and I’m paying for it today. Enjoy Pho, but I wish I had read this post about the fritters before I went!

    Posted by Laura B | February 22, 2012, 12:07 pm
  3. Glad that your experience was better than mine, I had an awful time there. Despite calling ahead then re-checking everything once I got there, they served me 2 dishes that had gluten in them, despite them telling me to begin with that they didn’t have gluten in them. I queried the first one because it looked different from when I had had it at the Pho in Brighton (which btw is fab!), sure enough, the chef said there was gluten in it. The second dish, the waitress came running over shouting at me not to eat it. Guess what, she re-checked with the chef and he’d served me gluten again. I was lucky I ate nothing, but that’s it, I won’t be going back.

    Posted by Lee | March 22, 2012, 6:03 pm
    • That’s interesting to know. I imagine it really depends so much on the specific waiter/waitress to convey the message effectively. Will certainly be careful there in the future.

      Posted by samanthastein | March 23, 2012, 12:39 pm


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I'm Samantha, a freelance writer from London, UK. Since being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease in March 2011 I have embraced the gluten-free lifestyle, and am committed to finding delicious alternatives to my favourite foods!

I also have a personal blog.

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