DEPTFORD | SE8
PHO Hanoi is one of several simple and tasty restaurants serving the thriving Vietnamese community found in SE8, who queue to get in, even on weekdays. These guys go far beyond the classic pho and summer rolls by serving Vietnamese dishes you might never have seen in London before, from just £6.
The cafe itself is cosy but no nonsense, but with an extensive menu where practically every main comes in well under our £8 mark. I went for the fishcake vermicelli soup, which for £7.20 gets you a bowl of more-ish hot and sour soup (not too dissimilar to tom yam), springy fishcakes, delicate noodles perfect for slurping, along with greenery like mint, Vietnamese herbs, and taro stem (sliced across the grain, creating another sponge to soak up all the soup).
Some of the many other options besides noodle soups include dry vemicelli with salad and homemade sauces (bun kho) from £7, stir-fried noodles from £6, and rice dishes from £6.50. While nearby (SE16, and another London Cheap Eat entry) Cafe East's soups have the edge for me in terms of depth of flavour, PHO Hanoi wins for sheer variety. It's a great spot for the intrepid culinary explorer, as the extensive menu has everything from shredded pork skin rolls and lotus root salad, to grilled quails and boba puddings. Note: try to get there off peak to avoid the queues. Cash only.
Words and photography | Steph Chan
207 Deptford High Street SE8 3NT
Thurs - Tues | 11am - 10.30pm
Tel | +44 (0)20 8469 0653
Last updated | 5th June 2017