Friday, 6 December 2019

A Very Merry Christmas at Pho

December is the month of glorious food and maybe one too many tipples and I'm totally on-board with that. Getting friends and family together at this time of year is my favourite and with plenty of Christmas set menus available, you just need to choose where to go. 

One place you should definitely add to your list is Pho, now open in Gunwharf Quays. The family-run restaurant first opened its doors in 2005 after owners, Stephen and Juliette travelled through Vietnam and fell in love with the food. 

They serve healthy Vietnamese street food which is all cooked daily in their kitchens. There is a huge range of gluten-free dishes accredited by Coeliac UK as well as many choices for those with dairy and egg allergies. The majority of the dishes can be made vegan too so it's pretty much the perfect place to go. 

The best bit? The Christmas menu is banging!

We visited Pho to try out the Christmas menu for ourselves recently and can confirm it is pretty bloody lovely! There are two menus available, the standard Christmas Menu and a Vegan Christmas menu which is great to see. We tried the menu with meat available which features a choice of five starters including my favourite, Nem nướng - homemade pork & lemongrass meatballs. We also ordered the Cánh gà, seasoned, crispy chicken wings served with sriracha and Chả giò, crispy pork spring rolls. 

I've tried a number of dishes at Pho now and I find each and every one bursting full of flavour. 

It's always such an enjoyable experience for your tastebuds and I don't know what they do to the Cánh gà but they're the best chicken wings I've ever had. 

I couldn't resist that peanut dip again - it's so scrummy! 

The menu has a great selection of dishes to try including my favourite, Cà-ri Chicken. I opted for the Cà-ri again because it's just so good and I'm rubbish with change. It's a rich, fragrant curry filled with veggies and mushrooms, topped with nuts and served with broken rice. You can choose to have it with chicken or tofu and mushroom. It's a really great dish and it always hits the spot for me. 

My grandmother ordered the Phở chín, tender beef brisket slow-cooked in beef broth, a classic rice noodle soup served with fresh herbs. There was so much of it, the portions are super generous at Pho so it meant I could try some too and it's on my to order list next. 

The beef brisket was the best I've tasted in years and mixed with the herbs and broth, it was the perfect warming dish on a bitter cold day. 

I really love the mix of dishes on the Pho Christmas menu, it features some firm faves and it's a great way to try something little different. I don't know about you but I can only eat so many turkey dinners in the run-up to the big day and a Vietnamese feast is a fabulous alternative! 

You can view the Christmas Menu and Vegan Christmas Menu online and all booking information including prices is just below:

2 Courses £14.95 / 3 Courses £18.95 (crackers provided)
To make a booking visit or e-mail

Complimentary meal for the purpose of review - see disclaimer


  1. Well NOW I'm hungry! I've never tried Vietnamese food before but all of these dishes sound incredible!


  2. I love Pho so I bet their Christmas menu is to die for - you've got me feeling soooo hungry after reading this haha. the beef brisket sounds fab x

  3. I'e never tried Vietnamese food before. the beef sounds so good

  4. The food looks so good! seriously got my mouth watering.


  5. I don't think I could eat somewhere like this because of my allergy but it's one of those places I always walk past and would want to try!

  6. Every single one of these dishes looks delicious, although I have to admit the meatballs and peanut dip sound particularly appetising to me! If I lived in the area, I would start planning my visit ASAP!

    Dominika | Into the Bloom

  7. Wow, your photos look incredible and have made me so hungry! I love the idea of trying something a little bit different in the run-up to Christmas, and the fact they can cater for so many diets would make it perfect for a work night out or a catch up with friends. I've never tried Vietnamese food but it looks so yummy, I'll need to!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

  8. YUM! Those Skewers look SO good!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  9. I love Pho so much! I always have the beef brisket and have ALL the sides and sauces - yum! x

  10. Oh wow, this all looks and sounds amazing. I love that the cater for virtually every dietary requirement.

  11. I'm such a big fan of pho! So surprisingly filling and full of flavour

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  12. Now for that price, it's definitely worth checking out! John x

  13. I love Pho too - they are great with allergies and the food always hits the spot!

    Life & Loves: A Foodie Lifestyle Blog

  14. I’ll have to look through the vegan menu x

  15. This sounds delicious...and a great price as well
    Em x

  16. I've heard some absolutely amazing things about Pho before, especially as they've released a vegan menu now! I'd love to try them out so much x

  17. It all looks so good! I've never tried Vietnamese food before, I really should! x


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