Pho

12 Black Lion Street, Brighton, BN1 1ND - View on a map
01273 202 403.

Pho Restaurant In Brighton
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Overall 9.8
Food 10.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 10.0

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Following the success of their London restaurants, the Pho team have opened their first Brighton branch. The laid-back eatery specialises in goi (salads), bun (vermicelli noodles), fresh summer and spring rolls, and - of course - Vietnam's national dish, pho (noodle soup).

- May 2010

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My wife and I have been to Pho a number of times and think it is one of the top places to eat in Brighton, especially considering the price. Superbly fresh dishes with incredibly fresh aromas and flavours. Good service, friendly & knowledgable staff, good prices and excellent food, what more could you want? We've also been to the London branch though and were not so impressed as in Brighton.
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Alan P
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I am totally head over heels in love with Pho! A friend recommended it to me recently, and now I can't get enough. Every time I'm in town with the kids, this is where I go. They love it too.

There is a great lively atmosphere, and some really bubbly and helpful people that work here that go out of there way to make sure you have a great experience, which is fantastic if you know nothing about Vietnamese food like me the first time I went... but don't be worried, they go through everything in great detail for you.

Personally, this is by far the best Asian eatery in Brighton now. The great things about Vietnamese food are the freshness of the ingredients and the DIY nature of a lot of the dishes. They don't come 'as they are' (I guess because it's not prepared/packaged somewhere else..?), you decide on herbs, spices, sauces according to your taste, and if there is something you don't like, they just make the dish without it.

The summer rolls (fresh, not fried) are to die for, and great for the waistline. as are the salads, especially the chicked salad with spicy ginger dressing. The bun noodles are bursting with flavour - lemongrass, garlic, chili, loads of fresh herbs and salad, and a delicious sauce on the side. The spicy noodle soups are fantastic too. Way better than Wagamama.. ;)

I do love all of our little cafes and eateries in Brighton, but Pho is fantastic, as it's got that care for the food and customer, but big enough to plonk down with two kids and loads of shopping and not be in the way at lunchtime!

A must try.
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Carla
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Thursday, December 15, 2011

I love this place! The food is great, it has a good atmosphere and authentic interior, most of the waiting staff are very nice and welcoming .... and, very importantly, this place won't break the bank! The Chenin Blanc they serve is also fabulous. I highly recommend if you like Asian food.
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Fi - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wonderful restaurant! It's become my favourite currently. It's a big spacious restaurant that is beautifully designed.

I've always been a fan of Vietnamese food, since living in London and having quite a few good restaurants there, so was really excited a few weeks ago that there was one in Brighton now. I was disappointed when I found out that it has been there for about a year though!

Anyway, so I have been back every time I'm in town to do shopping, and will continue to go as much as possible as I'll be taking the kids in for activities over the summer.., but Pho is perfect for kids too with a great little menu for them and lots of space.

The food really is fantastic from utterly healthy and super tasty summer rolls and salads, to bun noodles which have some fresh and fried elements (my favourites possibly), to their noodle soups which are so delicious, you really are spoiled for choice...

The girls that run the place are so helpful, bubbly and friendly and their staff are the same. Pho is genuinely a wonderful experience.
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Emily
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Monday, July 25, 2011

So, this is maybe an odd style of reviewing, but here we go....

I'm a 'North Lainer', but a leisurely stroll through the 'south' the other day I happened across Pho. Initially, I though, 'Hmmm... Looks like a big chain-type-thing... but was beckoned with a smile from the staff, which seemed sincere and inviting, and turned out to be exactly that. I went in and was seated at the front of the restaurant sound-tracked by a Warpaint track which immediately made me think, 'This is cool.'

Anyway, enough about preconceptions and my being out of my normal habitat in the 'north'.... Pho was a superb experience in every sense. The food, service and atmosphere were all utterly delectable. I'm one of those people that ALWAYS order too much food due to be indecisive, so I tried lots of things that I'd never tried before, so left stuffed, but in that nice way that you only get from Asian cuisine.

I'm going to use the English titles for the dishes for ease of communication..

So to start, I had the prawn summer rolls (fresh, not fried) and the spicy mango salad - these were the equivalent of an LSD explosion of flavour on my palette... The individual flavours all completely clear, but perfectly in unison and built perfectly to compliment each other.

This was followed by the bun noodles with tofu and mushrooms, which immediately has become my favourite dish. It has this base of room temperature noodles (don't let this put you off..), fresh salad and an array of herbs, and then topped with a wok-fried blend of the tofu and mushrooms mixed with garlic, lemongrass, a bit of chili for good measure, then sprinkled with peanuts and fried shallots. This comes with a delicious fishy sauce that can be spicy or the regular version.

This dish IS mindblowing.. Seriously, the flavour overload (in a good way) is insane! Once mixed, you have this wonderful fresh warm salad/noodle/stir-fry dish that will have you tipping the bowl back at the end and slurping every gulp of its goodness...

I rarely get so excited about foo, but Pho has given me a religious/apple mac/drug-like experience that has no competitors in Brighton. You really have to 'see/taste to believe...

I can't recommend this place highly enough.

P.S. The girls that work here and the music were all absolutely wonderful too, adding to the fantastic experience. Love you Pho.
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Sim - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8
Sunday, July 24, 2011

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Friday, June 18, 2010 - I wanted to try the Goi Xoai, a spicy shredded green mango salad served with crumbled pork, dried shrimp and peanuts. And it really was a star, rammed with lovely fresh flavours, crunchy textures, zingy lime and mint...I went for the Bun Bo Hue, a hot and spicy brisket beef soup. I loved the accompanying plate of goodies including lime, fresh chilli, a potent shrimp, garlic and chilli paste, beansprouts, coriander and mint. This is the beauty of most dishes at Pho. You create your own dish to taste.

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