Monday, 26 October 2015

CAPHE PHO, SMITHFIELD

I seem to have a constant craving for Asian food lately, and Vietnamese food has always been one of my favourites, not only because it's healthy but also for their fresh ingredients and scrumptious array of dishes.
Located less than 10 minutes away from Farringdon station is Caphe Pho, a family-run Vietnamese restaurant which opened in June. Some of you may already know them well from their previous site in Bermondsey under the name of Caphe House.


The interior is rather large with plenty of rustic wooden furniture and flooring, and looked much more extensive than from the outside. By the front is a communal type dining table and at the back lies the open plan kitchen area.






Iced Vietnamese Coffee

I ordered a glass of Iced Vietnamese Coffee which sweet and refreshing.
There were plenty of tempting starters to choose from, but in the end we settled for the salt and chilli soft shell crab and king prawns, both served with sweet chilli dipping sauce. 
The prawns were juicy with a nice bouncy texture, and the batter was crisp and light. I enjoyed the soft shell crab just as much which was also light and crunchy. 
A good portion size for both starters which were filling yet not too greasy or heavy.






I love a good, hot bowl of noodles on a rainy day and went for the Rare Beef Pho which came with the typical side dish of bean sprouts, ginger, onions, spring onions, coriander, lemon and chilli. 
The beef was not as rare and pink, but still really tender and delicious.
A tasty and aromatic broth and great to have during these chilly autumn/winter days.
My dining partner, Marie, had the Spicy Coconut Chicken which was served in a claypot with a bowl of jasmine rice. The chicken was succulent and the curry was creamy with a hint of spice.





I like ending my meals with a sweet dessert, and I ordered the mochi ice cream which came with some frozen strawberries and blueberries.



Overall, we had a pleasant and satisfying meal, and with it's location I'm sure that it is a popular spot for city workers looking to get their Vietnamese lunch fix. For those in a hurry, they also have a takeaway menu with a decent selection of starters and mains.
I would be tempted to visit again to try out their Bánh mì, Bánh xèo, and many of their other dishes.

You may check out their website here for more information, or follow them on Twitter @caphepho .  

The Cheekster, signing out x


The meal was complimentary, but views remain my own.
Caphe Pho Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Square Meal

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