Pho Clerkenwell

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Pho Clerkenwell

The Clerkenwell branch of this Vietnamese chain.


Venue name: Pho Clerkenwell
Address: 86 St John Street
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-10.30pm Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Barbican tube or Farringdon tube/rail
Price: Main courses £7.95-£10.50.
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2.4 / 5

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I dropped by this branch of Pho recently with a friend when we were in the neighbourhood and needed a quick bite. I often eat at Pho - my fav dish being the spicy mushroom and tofu Pho, which is a hearty, fiery and filling dish, but hadn't visited this branch in years. This time though, as it was a warm evening - hot soup didn't appeal, and so I decided to go crazy and try a curry. It was really good! I didn't expect it to be so full of flavour and it really hit the mark - so much so, I am not sure what I'll actually order next time!

I am surprised by the reviews below, but they are old, so maybe they've improved, or I went on a good night. Certainly our service was totally warm, fast and friendly and the food solid. It's not as interesting or possibly quite as authentic as some of the Vietnamese places in Kingsland Road, for example, but it for a good tasty, healthy meal, under a tenner, I think it's a really nice place and handy if you're in the area.


Yum! Although the service at this branch wasn't anything to shout about, the food was pretty damn good. Really recommend Beef brisket Ca-ri - great sauce and rice. My friend got the beef brisket pho which looked delicious, comes with a funky wooden spoon and your own herbs, spices, seasoning etc to add to the pho! A great Vietnamese restaurant, very reasonably priced with a casual atmosphere.

Recently moved to Shoreditch due to work commitment, relocation to Liverpool street office. I walked pass this restaurant at lunch and thought i would take my boyfriend there for Saturday lunch. Till this point, having tried twice there to re-enforce my points, I strongly disagreed with Robert Carew-Brown, my thought was that you are an insider for Pho Cafe. I have been and tasted many Pho with my boyfriend who is a Vietnamese, and this place has put a real shame on any Vietnamese. I shall give my true and honest reviews of this restaurant

- 1) - Ambience is nice and atmosphere, staff s polite

- 2) - Location is convenient, few minutes walk from Liverpool Street station if you travel from elsewhere

- 3) - The Pho is very very watery (like others' reviews) and tasteless, i understand they use Cinnamon, star anise... to bring up the "typical smell" of Pho, but the taste was really awful, just like water + sugar + salt + few dried cinnamon...

- 4) -  The Pho Xao (fried noodle) was another disaster, my boyfriend let me tried it, by the look, i would not eat already, just like to try, plain flavour, overcooked noodle, beansprout by the side ... what is it !!

- 5) - Pancake with a very very vinegary fish sauce, soggy..

In conclusion, this is not an Authentic Vietnamese restaurant and nowhere close to it. Everything went so wrong, the food, the tastes, the authenticity... I would not recommend this restaurant at any cost. 

As we walked into the restaurant we were seduced by the smell of fresh herbs like mint and coriander that wafted around us which augurs well for the meal ahead. In the mood for a big bowl of soup noodles, my dining companion and I both ordered the pho with beef brisket. The bowls arrived with some lovely greens on top of the noodles and a side plate of fresh herbs.The first mouthful of the soup was most disappointing. Where was the sweet,rich, tasty and flavourful stock that a good pho broth should embody? Instead what we had was insipid, flavourless and honestly almost like hot water. Being a huge pho fan, Ive had many a bowl of pho and this a poor rendition of that great Vietnamese classic.

Couldn't agree more with this review. The pho is distinctly average and lacking authenticity, however that is not my major bugbear with the place. The staff were rude on both of my visits and made myself and a large group of work colleagues feel as though we were out of place just being there.

I Have to agree with Jon, this review by Timeout is ridiculas... And out of date - 2009 and nothing more recent! Te comments below are probably left by a competing restaurant! The food at Pho is second to none. I eat there all the time, yes the service can take slightly, I said slightly, longer than other places - but that is because they are so popular. Anyway, no one minds waiting a little but for the quality food. Timeout... You need to do a new review!!!

I really wanted to like this restaurant. I'm Vietnamese and pho is our country's national dish. But unfortunately, the pho here is an insult. Broth is watery/tasteless. Noodles not chewy/bouncy as it should be. And worse of all, it cost more than the more authentic pho's at many Vietnamese restaurants in London. The Vietnamese sandwich is tasteless, full of bean sprouts (an ingredient that is not found in authentic Vietnamese sandwich) and nothing like what a Vietnamese sandwich is all about.

The food is getting mediocre. Service is getting worse. Waited for more than 30mins for a takeaway order. The orders got confused and staff didn't do anything but being rude to hungry and impatient customers.