Pho Islington

Restaurants, Vietnamese Angel
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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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Amy L

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.

Cathy S

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

Tara P

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.