A Corn Exchange branch of the popular Vietnamese chain that specialises in, yep, pho.
Set across three floors with good outside seating, Pho is a spacious joint in Manchester's Corn Exchange, which was recently revamped in a whopping £30 million relaunch to make it the ultimate dining destination.
At Pho the pho itself is good, if not lacking some of the flavour found within the murky broth of more authentic alternatives (you'll have to pimp it hard with sriracha, hoi sin and fish sauce - but then, isn't that the fun of pho?). However, the selection of starters are a little more exciting - go for the summer rolls, the delectably non-greasy spring rolls, beef wrapped in betal leaves or the pork and lemongrass meatballs, many of which come served with lettuce leaves for wrapping and dipping.
It may get lost against the backdrop of tough local competition from the likes of Oldham Road's Saigon Lotus and I Am Pho on George Street, but ultimately it's a decent option for those after an approachable, easy way into Vietnamese food. Plus, as a chain founded by Eccles-born Stephen Wall and his wife Juliette, it's less 'London' than you might think.
P.S. It's pronounced 'fuh'.
Sip cocktails at our upstairs bar or grab a menu and take pho to go back home or to your desk. Disabled facilities, kids changing and high chairs available.
The Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch
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Fresh, healthy and delicious, Pho brings Vietnam to the Corn Exchange. Spread out over three floors, you have the option of indoor tables and benches, secluded booths, of tables outside in the atrium - something to suit every occasion. Pho specialises in its namesake broth, with plenty of options to choose between. The Gỏi cuốn summer rolls are a fantastic starter, and the pho Bún bò Huế (spicy brisket beef) is a great follow up.