Kings Cross Road is an unlikely setting for a very good Vietnamese restaurant and takeaway but Pho proves that the re-surgence of the area continues. I had lunch there yesterday – the pho was excellent. A couple of readers have now recommended it and even Fay Maschler has reviewed Pho in the Standard (quote).
‘It was very good, a pho to measure against the soups that more sophisticated restaurants supply. The tripe had drifted into innocuous strands more interesting for texture than taste.
Other dishes that beguiled my young friend and pleased Reg and me were the neatly packed summer rolls wrapped in rice pepper with prawns bulging pinkly against the sides; an excellent papaya salad, here £5 as against Suka’s £11; two soft-shell crabs for £6.50; the house special of vermicelli noodles with delicious peppery grilled beef slices, prawns, and deep-fried, dimpled Vietnamese spring rolls served with vermicelli noodles and salad. Forays into the Chinese menu were not a great success and probably shouldn’t be bothered with.
Pho @ King’s Cross is a simple set-up with bare wooden tables, hard seats and ceiling spotlights that bore into your head. Customers, who last week included families with young children and students, came and went quickly‘
The takeaway menu is here (and they deliver – including pho itself i have visions of moped delivery guys with a yoke and a bucket of pho on each end). You can find Pho at 126 Kings Cross Road, just after the church on the left as you go downhill. Telephone 020 7833 9088.