One of my favourite food genres is Asian street food. Heady aromas, fantastic flavours and reasonable prices combine in that exotic warm weather to create a memorable dining experience. Trying to bring that into a restaurant with inflated prices can be a tricky proposition and the recent closing of House of Ho in Soho is a stark reminder that even the addition of a celebrity chef to this kind of venture is no guarantee of success.
Viet Food has opened on the site of another Vietnamese restaurant. That restaurant was quite generic but Viet Food is definitely seeking to raise the bar. The decor is now trendy chic with an Asian cookery theme and cookbooks by the chef of San Francisco’s Vietnamese super restaurant Slanted Door.
I like the photos of all the dishes on the menu and for once, the photos are beautifully shot and induce mouth-watering pangs of hunger.
My only miss of the meal was one of their mocktails, which was nice tasting but mainly ice. Poor value for money.
The beef pho soup was on point. Deeply beefy in tone with a light overtone of spices, it set the scene for good bowl of noodles. I wish there were more options for other toppings like beef balls and tendon but perhaps the average British palate isn’t quite ready for that yet.
I’ll be back to try other intriguing sounding dishes on the menu.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★☆☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Pricey for street food but good flavours
34-36 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D 6QT