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Pho & Bun

Restaurants, Vietnamese Shaftesbury Avenue
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Pho & Bun

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A Vietnamese restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue focusing on pho noodle soups and banh bao 'burgers'.

Who says London isn’t friendly? The couple sitting next to us at this trendy Vietnamese newcomer were nice as pie when we asked to borrow some space from them. We had little choice. The tables at Pho & Bun are tiny enough to make dining out feel like a game of Jenga, with dishes precariously placed and nimble hands needed.

But outside that gnawing grumble? Mostly pretty good, with props going to their signature dish: a burger served not in bread, or even brioche, but in a bao (steamed bun). We enjoyed the patty, its charcoal-cooked smokiness dialled up a notch by a punchy smoky mayo. A bao might not offer the depth of a traditional burger bap (your teeth meet the meat too quickly) but the sweetness and soft chew makes it an intriguing, memorable combo.

Elsewhere it was perfectly decent Vietnamese fare: summer rolls with plump tiger prawns, beef pho with a reassuringly clear broth. The main disappointment was from woefully underseasoned chilli salt-and-pepper squid. The fact that it was delivered by mistake (we’d ordered a different rib dish) didn’t help, or the fact that the waiter returned to insinuate we were in the wrong. Sweet potato fries were okay, though the chilli mayo lacked clout.

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Address: 76 Shaftesbury Avenue
London
W1D 6ND
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus
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Opening hours: Mon-Thu noon-11pm; Fri-Sat noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-10pm
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:19
  • 3 star:9
  • 2 star:4
  • 1 star:2
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tastemaker

If you're looking for an economical pre-theatre quick eat, this is the place for it. The service is politely quick, the food may not be the most authentic, but it's tasty, reasonably priced and served hot! While it failed to make it up my must-try pho or bun place, it is an excellent pre-theatre stopover. 

tastemaker

Located on Shaftesbury Avenue it’s the perfect spot for pre-theatre dinner! The Pho was unbelievable, favourite part for me is that they give you a side of optional stuff to add which meant I didn’t have to add the coriander in, win! The crispy squid is definitely worth trying. Even though they take walk in bookings, I’d recommend booking a table as it is on the small size.

tastemaker

Very average Vietnamese food. Pretty tasteless and oily - you can find much better places around London and even around the corner. 


We ordered the time out deal and the portion sizes were smaller than the actual sizes, felt like a con. Service was so slow and the food wasnt even that good

tastemaker

My experience at Pho & Bun, started badly, ended badly, but fortunately we had a small good time in the middle. 


I paid for a timeout voucher for Pho & Bun £22, remember this amount this is really important!


We booked a table, mentioning our timeout vouchers but when we arrived, we realized no table was actually booked for us. We got lucky one big table was left to share with some other costumers. Those costumers were not having a voucher and walked in same time as us.


The service was terrible. After 5 minutes, the waiter was already taking the drinks order of our table neighbours ignoring us. 5 minutes after again, he came to take their food order, still ignoring us. We tried to call them, to raise our arms with insistence but it didn’t change a thing. They finally came after we decided the three of us would keep our arm raised till they come to take our order.


With this timeout voucher, we were supposed to have a glass of wine, two starters, one main and one dessert. The starters were actually half (or less) the size of what it was in reality, but fair enough, we came with a voucher.

We added an extra sweet potatoes fries basket for £3.50 to our order.


The starters were good overall. I really enjoyed the mango salad. My friend took some spring rolls, but it happened to be only one spring roll cut in two.


As a main, I took a beef Bun Sa which was nice. Then again, I get the same, or better in the Hoxton Vietnamese restaurant for a really cheap price.


The dessert came. It was a coconut and green tea panna cotta. We all disliked it. That actually tasted really really bad, and I am not complicated with desserts, especially, having a Vietnamese grandmother, I am used to Asian desserts; and this one actually tasted bad; not different, bad!


This unfortunately made us a bit disappointed about the food when our starters (disregarding the size of the plates) and mains were actually well executed.



We waited again quite a long time to get the waiter attention to get the bill for our £3.50 sweet potatoes fries. When the bill finally came, what a surprise to see a £64 bill on our table. Firstly because we paid the vouchers in advance, secondly because we paid 22 each so 66 overall without counting the extra fries. 

We paid only the £3.50 extra for the fries as the service was terrible and we left terribly upset after realizing the timeout offer was a rip-off!


Tastemaker

I very much enjoyed this place.

There are several deals available that make it very reasonably priced. I booked via bookatable for a star deal that had 4 courses and a glass of wine for £22.

Courses is probably a bit of a stretch, it's four dishes but there is a good variety of choices and what I had (pork and crab springroll, pork lollipops and prawn bao burger) were all delicious so I'll forgive them.

However for desert I chose the pandan and coconut pana cotta and it was vile, so much so that I actually spat it out. As did my friend who was sure it couldn't be as bad as I made out. To the restaurants credit though, they realised that we hadn't enjoyed the desert and offered us an alternative at no extra cost which was very kind of them.

Tastemaker

Really yummy food. Full of flavour and complimentary tastes. I hate coriander and I always feel that if a Vietnamese restaurant can make their dishes delicious with it,then it's a mark of success! This place absolutely exceeded my expectations food wise. Every dish was great. Their summer rolls & spring rolls are a must. The ribs sweet,tender and sticky. Noodles were perfectly cooked and an array of dishes that play with hot stir fry and cold noodles are an absolute win. Good cocktails too. I sat out the front of the place and the only thing I would say was it was a bit pocky. I think there is seating at the back for larger groups. A great place to pop to before a show or as part of a night out in town. I would highly recommend it. 

Tastemaker

Really delicious, quality food. A friend and I had the four-course tasting menu and the portions were a great size as well - we left feeling stuffed! The only drawback is that tables are crammed quite close together and it took a while for us to be served, but other than that, I'd highly recommend visiting.

tastemaker

I've been to Pho and Bun twice now, and the overall feeling is the same – promising, good value food but not quite special yet! 


Most recently, two of us went for a Tuesday night dinner and tried their four-course set menu, which had a great amount of variety and also included a drink! Across both visits, our highlights were the Pho that gives the restaurant half of it's name – warm broth packed with meat, noodles and veggie goodness; and the flavoursome Vietnamese chicken curry, which was my favourite. The bao-style bun is nice, but much smaller portion-wise than the Pho...

Starters were all nice and presented well – I'd recommend the pork ribs. Matcha ice cream topped off the meal, which was just ok, though granted, it's an acquired taste! Toasted black sesame was a nice touch though. 


Service was quick, friendly and attentive, for the most part. We were all ready to leave happy and full, when there was some confusion over the final bill, which was handled very poorly by the man who seemed to be in charge, who despite being asked twice for clarification, just shrugged his shoulders at us and continued to walk around the restaurant – which we felt was very rude and left us with a slightly sour taste (not in a good way!) 


Overall – really nice food that fills you up, is affordable, and is great for a casual dinner (especially with the slightly tight seating!) – there's nothing yet that excites me enough to have me coming back a third time though, especially with my final staff encounter there. Small things like that do make a difference!

tastemaker

My first visit to this restaurant was on it's soft opening week and back then, experience had been of great food and cosy environment but messy and terrible service.

Going back a year later, I'm glad to say the food (I had the milky bun with delicious pork belly) was just as good and service though still not stellar is much improved.

This is a great place for a quick bite before heading into one of the many theatres and venues around Piccadilly Circus and though popular, it's usually very easy to get a table.

Pho & Bun is moderately priced, has good food and is a nice, cosy spot. A definite recommended spot for a pre-theatre meal

tastemaker

Having never conciously tried Vietnamese food before I was very intrigued to see what this would be like, and I wasn't disappointed. Walking in off Shaftesbury Avenue I was led downstairs where I was sat at a small table on benches with a bar at one end. The whole experience made me feel I was actually eating in Vietnam, and I would describe the entire visit, cliché as it is, but more of an experience than a meal out. The starter wetted my appetite perfectly with vegetable spring rolls and mini BBQ ribs. The presentation was imaculate with dipping sauces to compliment. The service was fast and my order was taken and first course served soon after.

There was a good selection of both meat and vegetarian dishes to choose from, and I was able to mix and match whatever I wanted.

The restaurant is most famous for their burgers but I had the beef pho broth which I thought when recommended to me wouldn't be filling. How wrong I was! It was a combination of cooked beef, chunky noodles and a clear, almost stock type soup with a variety of chopped vegetables and hot peppers included for added bite. I would go back again purely for this dish alone! It took a while to consume and I'm a fast eater. It was honestly scrumptious, I don't use that word lightly, and I can't recommend this dish enough! The dessert was the only thing I felt let it down. I opted for Green Tea ice cream, it wasnt particularly special, and I can't say I enjoyed it or would have it again, but with what came before, this can be forgiven.

Tastemaker

With a whole host of Vietnamese restaurants taking London by storm (Pho, Mien Tay, Cay Tre, House of Ho etc.) it is difficult to stand out from the crowd and become a crowd favourite, but I daresay Pho and Bun has successfully done so! Stepping into the fairly small restaurant makes you feel like you have entered Saigon. The black and white photos lining the walls depict a time where camera phones would not be snapping food photos. The wooden stools and tables really add to the authentic feel. Downstairs, the restaurants open ups to fit the kitchen and many more tables, which is a relief as that means despite the restaurant near-full, there isn't much of a wait at all. The food is outstanding, and my favourites included the honey glazed pork rib and the pandan and coconut panna cotta (which was mindblowing). I expected this to be overly sweet and cloying, but it was done to perfection and a light post-meal cleanser. The best thing about it was the Pho was so tasty with such a tantalising broth and I am pretty certain they don't use MSG! Find me a tasty restaurant in London that does not use MSG these days. Pho and Bun does NOT add water to the freshly squeezed juice that they serve, which again was another plus. The service was excellent, and attentive. Led by the extremely capable and professional Quang, who deserves a HUGE shout out for his top-notch service. The staff refilled drinks promptly, and also tissues and cutlery on the table. There was also a great understanding of the pace of the meal, as the wait staff told us that they would give us 5-10 minutes after our mains to digest the massive portions before bringing dessert. That was a touch of class and helped us to better enjoy the dessert when it arrived. I highly recommend this place for a quick bite pre or post theatre, and even a sit down meal. I will definitely be back soon.

tastemaker

I usually go to Kingsland Road for Vietnamese food so I was curious to try Pho & Bun, a Vietnamese restaurant in the West End. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every dish – and we had a lot – especially the starters.Whilst the Pho was really good but similar to Phos I had in other places, it was the starters that really impressed me as they truly reminded me of street food in Vietnam. The lemongrass beef skewers, the chilli salt & pepper squid, grilled aubergine and honey glazed BBQ spare ribs were all exquisite. I visited Pho & Bun for dinner on a Wednesday night and it was very busy so I suggest booking ahead.

tastemaker

What had promised to be a new and stellar Vietnamese experience, ended up being an understaffed and chaotic long wait for a bog standard meal that I would neither return for nor recommend. 


Everyone had been going on and on about Pho & Bun; my understanding is that it used to be a pop-up that then found permanent residence on Shaftesbury Avenue. As such, I went a couple of weeks ago to see what all the fuss was about. When we arrived, the place was very busy and at this point, I had not clocked that there was a downstairs section at all. Despite 3 people on shift upstairs across what must have been 12 tables, we were made to wait at the door for 10 minutes even though a table was obviously available and ready for us. If and when you do go, you will notice how crammed the upstairs area is so it wasn't the best place to have to linger as people moved in and out and around us. 


Once we were finally seated it then took 10 minutes to get menus and then a further 15 minutes to order even though our signalling to the staff kept being registered but seemingly ignored. Now when it came to the food, maybe a mistake was not going for one of their buns given that these are what the establishment is famous for. That being said, Pho is in the name also so I went down that route and ordered summer rolls to start and a Pho tron (a dry version of Pho mixed with BBQ honey pork, roast pork, corn fed chicken served with salad, fresh herb and peanut) for my main. The photo had shown a rich mixture of fresh salad and ample amounts of meat but the reality was noodles, a handful of slightly old leaves and the most feeble portion of meat that all tasted exactly the same. It was edible enough and filled me up but it was nothing to write home about.


What I thought was even crazier, especially for a new restaurant, was that they kept the downstairs closed for the entirety of our seating and must have turned away at least 4 or 5 tables worth of paying customers. They also had about 4 Deliveroo orders picked up so were absolutely slammed. Whether they were unexpectedly understaffed or had just poorly planned for the day I do not know, but either way, it was disappointing. Of the 3 people on staff, only one guy seemed competent and enthusiastic enough to run and do the best job he could considering; the other two spent most of the time stood behind the bar doing very little to help man the floor and when you did catch one of their eyes to order, they seemed unimpressed and extremely slow.


All in all, a poor show and I won't be returning which is a shame given how good the below reviews are and how much I love love love Vietnamese fare. 


Tastemaker

I really like this place! If it appears packed upstairs, don't worry! They have another seating area downstairs which is actually a lot calmer. Fantastic food and really generous portions. The bao burger is finger licking good and I loved the Coconut Snow for dessert. A nice place to go for a theatre meal. Really friendly and helpful staff also.

tastemaker

I went to Pho & Bun full of expectation, and wasn't disappointed. 


We tried the star deal menu, which meant we were able to try two starters, a main, a dessert and a drink each - great! 


The confit pork nuggets were a fantastic introduction to the meal - soft, juicy meat in a crisp coating, served alongside the most addictive mayo. The coating on the squid could have taken a slight lesson from this as it was slightly lacklustre, but the actual squid inside was wonderfully cooked. The honey glazed spare ribs are sticky and messy but completely worth it as the meat falls of the bone with every bite - make sure you have a stack of napkins on hand though. 


As it was quite a warm evening when we visited, I wasn't up for a pho, even though this would be a normal choice. The 8 hour confit belly pork bao burger was fantastic, however. Soft, tender, moist pork married perfectly with a sweet and spiced sauce, all encased in a light and fluffy bao bun - delicious. 


The Hanoi sticky rice was definitely that, and heaped with again wonderfully cooked pork belly and a sauce that seeped into every mouthful. 


The desserts seem quite modest but, after rich rich and indulgent food, you want something a bit lighter and more refreshing. The matcha ice cream is ideal if you are a fan of slightly sweet, almost 'grassy' matcha like me, but I would avoid it if you're not the converted. The coconut snow does what it says on the tin, but is incredibly refreshing, especially when paired with the sweet Vietnamese ice coffee. 


The only downside to Pho & Bun is the seating. I can see what they were aiming for when they decorated but unfortunately it leaves you with uncomfortable stool seats and a constant fear of being knocked or having something dropped on you. I did manage to catch a glimpse of the downstairs seating area so if you don't mind not having a street-side view, I would try to opt for a table there. 


Otherwise, a fantastic meal all round - perfect for a quick working lunch, or a post-work bite to eat pre-theatre or with friends. 


tastemaker

It was quite good for the price and food was nice, a lot of spice and big portions. But desserts weren't great, we didnt eat them at all. I ordered a prawn wrap which was fresh and great and then the egg fried rice was the best dish. 

Tastemaker

Went on a cold and wet Thursday for an early dinner after work. The upstairs dining area was completely full already at 6. The service was lovely. And although the seating is cramped we had enough space. Ordered the prawn summer rolls, salt and pepper squid, 28 day aged beef bao, and shared Matcha soft serve and the flan. It was all nicely presented, and it was good, it's just at the moment there is better in London. Portions are a nice size. The Bao surprised me...it wasn't my first choice but in the end I decided to try it. I didn't realise it was a burger on a Bao bun, so I was disappointed, but it was also very rare. I would not order that again. My dinner mate had the prawn Bao and loved it. The squid was very tasty. I also saw some lovely looking and smelling dishes walk by. We had the lemonade to drink which was excellent! Definitely worth trying!

tastemaker

It’s easy to walk past this Vietnamese restaurant on Shaftesbury avenue or dismiss it as ‘just another tourist place’ because of the location. I’m glad we gave it a shot.

From the outside it looks like seating is at a premium but they actually have a pretty big basement level, which has been comfortably converted to a relaxed space.

The menu is varied and very interesting - both in terms of the range and the presentation of dishes. The calamari starter and pork belly main were particular stand-out dishes - the pork especially was a real melt-in-your-mouth affair, full of flavour.

The prices are very reasonable too.

Service is very attentive and personal - this is clearly a proudly family-run business.

Desserts were nothing special but that isn’t really what I go to oriental restaurants for anyway.

I'm looking forward to going back for another delicious meal.

tastemaker

Pho and Bun on Shaftsbury avenue is a small Vietnamese and slight Taiwanese fusion restaurant spread over two floors. They offer dishes from all over Vietnam and also have bao burgers on the menu. We arrived at about 6pm on a week day and it wasn't that busy but we had booked a table. It progressively got busier as people would walk past and be tempted in by the menu (we were sat by the window so had a good seat for people watching!). We ordered the calamari, aubergine, prawn mango salad and grilled pork for starters. The starters were tasty and were a good size. The grilled pork however was dry. For mains my friend ordered the beef Pho and said that is wasn't as flavoursome as others Pho's she'd had. I ordered the Vietnamese chicken curry which had good flavours but the chicken was slightly fatty.

For dessert we ordered the coffee and coconut snow ice and matcha ice cream which were ok. The service was good and they left you to enjoy your evening without being over attentive. Overall it's a good spot to go for a casual week day dinner and you can walk in quite easily and get a seat.

tastemaker

I was surprised to see how busy Pho and Bun was on a Monday night – they were more or less completely full so there was quite a nice atmosphere. We were ordering from their special 4 course menu and opted for the Charcoal Grill Pork Lollipops, Salt and Pepper Squid, Mango and Prawn Salad and the Pork and Crab Spring Roll to start which were all very yummy – particularly the squid! There were a few disappointing factors however…I was really excited to try the Bao Burger which seems to be their speciality and is advertised outside on a sandwich board, but they were completely sold out of all 3 Bao burgers – the prawn, beef and pork which was surprising for a Monday at 7.30pm. I instead tried the Bun Cha Honey Glazed BBQ Pork with Vermicelli and my boyfriend had the Beef Pho both of which were nice – not the best Pho I have had in London though. 


We were both excited to see Matcha ice cream on the menu also as we have just returned from a trip to Japan but we were told they didn’t have any of that either, so we tried the Pandan and Coconut Pannacotta and Vietnamese Flan Caramel which were both ok, nothing special. Overall it was a bit of a disappointing visit seeing as the two things we were most excited about on the menu were both unavailable but the staff were nice and the food was tasty but I have had far better Vietnamese food experiences in London. Would be good as pre-theatre quick bite!

Tastemaker

In an area saturated with chain, cheap food options this is a welcome change!  The food is different but great.  The 'burgers' are lovely and perfect for a pre-theatre bite to eat!  They are not the biggest but if you ad a starter or two it is definitely filling enough!  Lots of wonderful flavour and great service to go with it!  Wonderful! 

tastemaker

How I've never been to this place I don't know. As a Melburnian, I know my pho from my faux pho and this place was lit. It was super busy and as soon as the starters arrived I realised why. The rice paper rolls were fresh, crunchy and the sauce was really punchy. The ribs were bursting with sticky goodness, the calamari was light & flavoursome and the spring rolls were crispy & delicious. Because I'm a big eater, we also got the pork belly bun/burger as a starter. I wouldn't recommend it as a main unless you have a very small appetite even though it is in the mains section of the menu. For mains we had the beef pho and the bun cha. Both were really authentic with generous amounts of herbs, great depth of flavour and very generous portions. We shared the coconut snow and the flan. The flan was silky and left me wanting more and more. The snow ice was not as coconut as I wanted but was still quite tasty. 


Hidden gem in the heart of Soho. Perfect for a pre-theatre meal or to catchup with friends.

It's tiny but cozy - really liked the decoration - so you I recommend booking in advance.


Delicious combination of flavours - recommend you asking the staff the best way to eat each dish to get the maximum taste out of it - and delicate presentation.




tastemaker

Having been fortunate enough to spend two weeks touring Vietnam last year, I was really looking forward to my visit to Pho & Bun (from the ‘Viet Eat ‘team), and happily, I wasn’t disappointed. In the heart of London’s ‘Theatreland’, the restaurant is smaller than expected inside (although there is additional seating room downstairs), with various hand-drawn Vietnamese scenes painted on the bare-brick interior inside.

We tried several dishes, of which my favourites were the chilli salt and pepper squid (a nice amount of chilli heat), plus I also opted for a vegetarian main; “BÚN SẢ ĐẬU PHỤ” (Vermicelli with lemongrass tofu, bean sprout and fresh herb - really flavourful with lots of different textures - to P&B’s credit, vegetarians are also well catered for with a dedicated menu).

My partner also rated the pork and prawn dipping sauce with rice cracker very highly, plus the pho packed a punch. To finish off, we tried a couple of desserts included a Vietnamese variant on pannacotta plus a coconut iced coffee dish (‘Coconut ‘Snow’ -  very refreshing after all that heat). As a fan of Vietnamese food, I found this a very enjoyable experience (the staff were also great)  and I’d definitely go back. Tastemaker Tip - there are also various set-menus, including a lunch menu and a several course tasting menu.

tastemaker

A new venture by the same establishment of Viet Eat which I reviewed earlier this month, this place sings much of the same tunes, but with a bit more of a modern twist.


What we had: 

Starters:

  • Summer Rolls with Tiger Prawns
  • Pork and Crab Spring Rolls
  • Confit Pork “Nudget” (I presume they meant “nuggets” here)
  • Honey Glazed BBQ Spare Rib

Mains:

  • Beef Pho
  • 28 Day Dry Aged Beef Bao Burger and a side of sweet potato fries with chilli mayo

Dessert:

  • Vietnamese Ice Coffee
  • Pandan and Coconut Panna Cotta
  • Vietnamese Flan Caramel

The summer rolls and spring rolls were as expected - as they’re solid Viet Eat classics. The spare ribs, however, definitely stood out as the best dish of the night. They were slightly sticky, had the healthy amount of crispy charcoal carcinogen goodness that we expect from a good BBQ, and the honey sweetness was subtle, delicate and not too overpowering which is often the case with honey glazed dishes. The meat came off the bone easily without the flesh being stringy and I have to say this starter had me wanting more. The confit pork is rich and I felt lacked flavour in comparison with the other starters. 

The pho is the same as Viet Eat with their solid 18 hour broth, however I found the beef a little dry this time. The beef bao burger was interesting - I can’t say it wow-ed me particularly, however the steam bun was light and there was a nuttiness to the sauce which I quite liked. The sweet potato fries were very good - not over seasoned and retained delicate crunchy edges; however the chilli mayo lacked heat. 

I would probably pass on the dessert - they are both fine, having good consistency in the pudding; however the panna cotta lacked pandan flavour and the pineapple salsa with chilli was too sweet, suggesting it was from a can. I did, however, like the idea of the chilli in it and feel that this dessert can definitely be improved upon (for an example, I would reduce the sugar in the fruit and use candied chillies instead for texture and heat). Overall, for under ten or fifteen pounds you can get a very decent feed here with fresh flavours and attentive and friendly service - so it’s a no-brainer really.


Tip: Definitely try the spare ribs, they are delicious. They have more downstairs seating and do a six course set menu for £22.95 and lunch set menus for under a tenner like Viet Eat in Holborn.


Good For: cheap and cheerful, catch up with friends, quick meal, date night, pre-theatre dinner, small groups.

tastemaker

Pho here was pretty decent, it wasn't the most authentic bowl but it was still good. I really liked the Chinese dough stick dipping into the broth. Thumbs up for a casual lunch! 


This was rated top Asian restaurant in Soho so it had to be done. I tried their Vietnamese burger, made with the bao buns. This tasted amazing and definitely worth trying! All around us people were ordering dishes that looked really tasty - definitely feel like I want to go back to try other things. Drinks were reasonable as well considering th location so worth a visit!

Tastemaker

What a wonderful little restaurant. Situated on Shaftsbury Avenue, on the edge of the bustling Chinatown, Pho and Bun delivers a taste of Vietnam.


They offer a 3 course pre-theatre menu and also often feature as one of TimeOut London's offers, whereby you can get 4 course and a drink for only £19.99.


Often very busy, due to its small size, I would recommend booking in advance as they have to turn away a lot of passing trade.


Regarding the food, I would recommend the sticky pork dishes, the crab and pork spring rolls, and the burgers, with their unique dumpling-esk buns.

Tastemaker

I found a superb offer which included a three course set menu and a glass of wine for £20, which turned out to be incredible value for the quality of the food we ate. The highlight of my meal was my steamed bao burger which included a delicious squishy soft bun enveloping a 28 day aged beef burger smothered in house pickle and smoky mayonnaise. 


Tasty Vietnamese food - good salted chilli squid and pho, however portion size suffers slightly in my opinion versus other pho restaurants I've treid. The venue packs you in - fun if you don't mind rubbing elbows with your neighbours.


We experienced very poor service when we visited them recently, they were very slow to serve throughout the near 2 and a half hours we sat there but that didn't stop them from repetitively visiting us to ask if we would like anymore drinks.


The portions were also small, (set menu is what I went with), food was not even hot which makes me question if they even have enough people working in their kitchen on a mean assumption.


Quality of the food was pretty good though and different in a good way, the place is well decorated but would not say it was worth what all of us paid for our evening with them.


Will not revisit.


I had really high hopes for this place and have been wanting to go here for a while so was very excited when Time Out offered a 5 course deal – 3 starters, a main and dessert.


The 8-hour confit pork belly Bao burger was the stand out - absolutely delicious if a bit messy (probably not a first date dish!). The starters were also pretty tasty especially the chilli salt and pepper squid and their prawn summer rolls were as fresh as their title suggests.


The desserts however were a let down. Out of the three choices we went with the panna cotta and caramel flan, both of which had exactly the same consistency and neither particularly memorable.


Another slight let down to our experience was the staff. There were plenty of them always gathered at the back of the restaurant but none were paying much attention to the diners, so found it hard (and time-consuming) to ask for important things, like more wine.


This hasn’t deterred me though and I will definitely be going back to try more of their menu in the hope that the rest of the food is just as good and at a time when the staff will be a bit more attentive.

Tastemaker

A cosy restaurant channelling the Vietnamese street food look what with the beer crates and brick walls. Thankfully, it's not at all like the dusty streets of Vietnam.


We got off to a good start. Staff were friendly and helpful (if a little eager to begin with). We had pork and crab spring rolls to start. You could tell it was hand-made and it was packed with filling and rather tasty. 
It went downhill from there. I had the steamed milky bun burger with honey barbecue pork. I'm not convinced with the milky bun burger fad. The bun is too sweet and the texture to delicate as a base. The filling, a combination of pork, coleslaw and herbs harmonised well. It's a shame that is was so cold.

My go to dish at any Vietnamese joint is rare beef rice noodles. Their version was a sweet tasting soup that was the wrong side of warm and didn't have the richness that I expected.
Tastemaker

If you like pho, you are going to love this place!

Small cozy restaurant, centrally located in Soho/Chinatown.

Having visiting this place a couple of times, I would suggest you to try the amazingly soft-milky bun with sweet potatoes. I haven't tried such a bun anywhere else, and I was truly surprised.

Of course, if you go for traditional Vietnamese pho then you will enjoy a great variety here with excellent quality''s herds & ingredients.

Totally recommended!

Tastemaker

Great location in between Soho and Chinatown, you can have traditional pho or a bun. I opted for the bun with sweet fries and they were delicious. Service is first class and the contrails were yummy. They do an amazing two course for 9.95, for a price like That you cannot go wrong. Best pho and buns for an amazing price....definitely go check it out.

Tastemaker

I've been wanting to come here for a while but I kept sliding back off to my usual Pho place because I know I like it. Anyone who stumbles across my social media will know that I am on a solid Pho mission, and have been for some time: to find the best Pho spots in London. I think I've found one of them here. Better still, if I don't fancy Pho, well HEY, I'll just get myself a Bun Burger of deliciousness instead. Ok, enough ranting. Here's the lowdown:


From the outside you could easily walk past this spot on Shaftesbury Avenue without noticing it. Please do notice it, and go in! The decor is cool and this place is small, maybe ten tables. People tend to be in and out within thirty minutes as the food comes quite fast. The service is top dollar, I've found a lot of Pho places lack friendly waiters but these guys were charming and fun without being invasive. There is an amazingly cheap lunch deal - £9.95 for 2 courses. Complete bargain.


For starters we had the summer roll (which comes with an completely delicious peanut dip, seriously still dreaming about that dip). We also had some vegetarian spring rolls. I echo the other readers comments that these were really lovely. 


For mains. I had the spicy beef pho and it was superb. My brother had the bbq pork bun burger and I had a taste (obviously) and it was outstanding. The bun looks odd in a burger format, sort of anaemic, but don't let that hold you back. My brother was a little bit hungry still at the end of his burger I think (although he didn't say so, proud soul) so I think maybe a side of fries might have been a good idea. 


I honestly adored this little spot, best place I've found in ages. 


This place is a hidden gem! Firstly, the service was pretty impeccable. The waiters are extremely friendly and eager to please, and the calm, cool atmosphere is just the kind I like. Although they didn't have many customers on the two occasions I've been there, I imagine this place will become a hot-spot for many, once everyone discovers what delicious food they have! 


I got the vegetable spring rolls, which were the best I've ever tasted. There were no limp carrots, or tasteless bamboo shoots, these spring rolls tasted like they were freshly cooked, and the light, crispy batter was to die for!


I also ended up getting the prawn burger (also in a light batter), there was a slice of pineapple in the burger as well, which I was slightly dubious about, but the flavours worked perfectly.The only downside about this place are the tiny tables and squashed seating. Even so, I would still recommend this place to anyone.


This is quickly becoming one of my favourite lunch spots. The super soft bun burgers are amazing (I tried the prawn one) and if you're not the biggest fan of Pho, this cheap and cheerful spot might change your mind. Try the pho with sliced rare beef - it's hearty and delish.


Very friendly atmosphere and really delicious food. I had the Goi Cuon Tom (Tiger Prawn roll), 

Muc Rang Muoi (crispy squid), Pho Bo Chin (Tender beef Pho)  Banh Bao Kep Thit Bo Nuong (beefburger in a milky bun) and sweet potato fries (!) - not all to myself obviously - and all were delicious. It's a really small space so choose the time you arrive carefully but definitely try this place out.  
Tastemaker

One of the newcomers to Shaftesbury Avenue, Pho and Bun is conveniently located between Chinatown and Soho. I ordered the meatball in a soft bun and sweet potato fries, which were probably the least Vietnamese options on the menu. They were tasty. 

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