After months of walking past the newly refurbished Pho House restaurant situated next to Highbury & Islington we finally found an excuse to pop in and sample the food. No doubt unknown to most of you who don’t visit Highbury & Islington and make the walk left as you come out of the station up Holloway Road but for locals we’re always on the look out for a new dining home.


The menu is very reasonably priced and they’ve still got the sign on the outside saying ‘cash only’ which is no issue with the Tesco cash machine situated next door. The place looks busy on a regular basis but not so busy that you’ll struggle to get a table.


After settling in with our plate of free thai crackers it was time to dissect the menu. Lawrence opted for the Pho Bo Tai, Rare beef traditional flat noodle soup. It was a hefty portion that was placed in front of him and surprisingly (considering how much he eats) he really struggled to finish it all. A flavoursome broth with tasty meat floating on the top.


I went for the sizzling beef with lemongrass, garlic, chilli and celery which was delicious – easily wolfed down with the fragrant steamed rice.


We shared a dish of the vietnamese pork spring rolls which actually were a little disappointing but more because of the crispy outside. Always a sucker for summer rolls so may need to order those instead next time.


It was a lovely surprise to finally go in and not be disappointed by the food. We will definitely be popping in there when looking for a quick, relatively cheap Asian restaurant in the area, although perhaps not worth trekking for.