Pho Islington

Restaurants, Vietnamese Angel
Branch of the Vietnamese noodle bar chain. The original is in Clerkenwell.


Venue name: Pho Islington
Address: 39 Upper Street
N1 0PN
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Main courses £7.75-£10.50.
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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I do try and steer clear of chain restaurants but the service and quality of the food didn't ring true with other Vietnamese chains I've visited. The extensive menu offers a range of dishes from starters, to soups, noodles, noodle soups and rice dishes. Although amidst the busy lunchtime rush we found a seat outside in a sunny spot and the food arrived quickly. 

My tofu noodle broth was delicious and the spring rolls ordered by a friend was lightly battered and fresh and did not taste like they'd be soaked in oil for hours. 

If the need for noodle soups veers again, I'd definitely consider coming back. Prices are very reasonable too!


Walked into this branch for a quick meal before heading to the cinema. I was really impressed as we didn't have to wait long for a table at all; the staff are really friendly and very attentive. The decor inside is very fitting for a vietnamese restaurant, very natural looking and simple. No fuss but looks great and makes it cosy. As a vegetarian I usually find the menu quite limited for choice but this definitely wasn't the case here! The food came promptly and you could tell it was so fresh and oh so tasty! I highly recommend the veg spring rolls, they are actually probably the nicest spring rolls I've ever had! An added bonus about this place is that it's so healthy; they even have a detox fresh juice, so you can really enjoy dining out guilt-free!


The best vietnamese chain of restaurants in London. Service is good, food is great. I definitely recommend their prawn summer rolls with peanut butter sauce and any pho you like - they're experts at doing these. Enjoy! They have restaurants all across London.


Very good Pho. Great for a quick meal before the cinema. They have lots of different options to choose from and all I have tried are delicious. The service leaves a bit to be desired but the food is good.


This is the best Pho I've had in London and always friendly staff. Also try the flower bomb teas, so pretty! Also if you order Pho-to-go they are ingenius packagers- everything separate to assemble at home so nothing gets overcooked


Unlike the previous reviewer, I have nothing against chains in general - if they deliver. In Angel, Pho stands out from an abundance of other chain restaurants for providing consistent food, a nice atmosphere and quick service. 

A frequent lunch spot and occasional dinner treat, I've tried several of their starters and a few of the phos, and all have been tasty and warming. Their wine and cocktail selection is also served at fairly reasonable prices. 

The interior is both practical and interesting, with an assortment of tables both high and low (I always like variety, even in its simplest form!) and the coat hooks at many of the seats are a wonderful idea  - too many restaurants forget that customers don't want their February-sodden coat on their knee throughout the meal. 

No complaints here - it's not a special occasion restaurant, but it delivers on what matters.  


I discovered Pho a few years ago and was delighted to find they did an tasty vegetarian spicy Pho full of mushrooms and tofu. To be honest, I've rarely had anything different from the place (though I've sampled their summer rolls, salt and pepper squid and a few stir fries) as I love this dish so much.

Now I am not a super fan of chains, but this is a small and in offensive one and, in my humble opinion, does what it says on the tin - good, simple, healthy Vietnamese style food at a reasonable price.

The Angel branch, which has not long been opened, offers the same food you find at all the other branches, in a nice space with comfortable tables and friendly staff. I am not sure what the skull wallpaper is doing there, however something tells me that it's leftover from its predecessor, which no doubt was a bar. I quite like the nod to it's recent history - even if it is actually, more likely, a result of a lazy decorator.

As the weather gets colder and my wallet remains healthy but not abundant, I will probably continue to visit this branch and others across London when I find myself chilly, hungry and in need of some healthy comfort food at a reasonable price.