Tucked away Pho Bar in Central's lanes, serving up aromatic broth and tasty snacks.
Standing out among the small shops of Li Yuen Street West, Pho Bar is a modern spot with an open kitchen behind a long counter – a look reminiscent of many a ramen joint. Pho Bar’s menu adds a little diversity to the usual pho offerings and the order form you’re provided with is, again, similar to those used in many local ramen restaurants.
We make our selections – filet mignon and Vietnamese sausage with zucchini noodles – and tick off Thai basil, bean sprouts, cilantro and fried garlic for our condiments. To ensure satisfaction, we get a portion of house fries on the side.
The dark and aromatic broth is spiked by the fresh herbs, which provide the rich depth expected from any good pho. The meat is a mixed bag – the filet mignon is tender and satisfying, but the Vietnamese sausage disappoints with its bland taste and rubbery consistency. The courgette noodles have a certain buttery crunchiness that we enjoy for novelty’s sake, but we’ll likely stick with regular ones next time. When we tuck into the fries, the ‘secret seasoning’, which brings to mind fiery Cajun spices, is slightly overpowering, but it works surprisingly well as an accompaniment to the flavours of the pho.
Though Li Yuen Street West isn’t normally our first port of call for a reliable bite to eat, Pho Bar is an interesting spot down this otherwise innocuous alley. With offerings that differ from your standard pho fare, it’s worth a try.
|Venue name:||Pho Bar||Contact:|
24-28 Li Yuen Street West
|Opening hours:||Mon-Sat 11am-9pm|
|Transport:||Central MTR, exit D2|