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Food Review : Pho

2 March 22 words: George White

New to the streets of Nottingham -  we check out Carlton Street's Pho

This writer’s trip to the newly-opened Pho restaurant nearly didn’t happen. With a booking for 7pm, I’m contacted a few hours before by Malachy, who lets me know they’re having trouble with the lighting. Ninety minutes before I’m supposed to sit down for my meal, the situation remains tense, with the power still not back on. Yet, in true Gen-Z fashion, I try to manifest the night into existence, driving into town in the hope that everything will be sorted in time. Thankfully, Malachy gets back to me at 6pm. My positive attitude has worked. 

And thank flip it did, too - this is one of the finest dining experiences I’ve had in Nottingham. As I enter the sizable new space, I’m instantly impressed with the fresh decor and spacious layout. Still concerned by the ongoing pandemic, I’m not the most comfortable sitting close to strangers - but Pho refuses to pack you in, instead giving you plenty of room to relax and enjoy your meal. 

First up are spicy noodles with perfectly-cooked This Isn’t Chicken pieces dashed throughout. Adding a hearty splash of sriracha sauce, I dig in with my chopsticks and instantly taste fragrant, full-bodied flavour. The noodles are delicious, and there are thin slices of chilli to add a welcome hit of heat. 

The highlight of the night, though, is the curry noodle soup, packed with delightful chunks of tofu. Each ladle of the stuff gets better than the last, with the spices and flavours combining to create a heavenly experience. Thankfully, the deep bowl offers a hefty portion, which is very much appreciated - this is a dish that is well worth savouring. 

Throughout the night, we’re looked after by attentive staff who check that we’re enjoying our meal and make every effort to ensure any allergies and intolerances are catered for, making the entire experience a properly pleasant one. So, will I be going back here as soon as possible? Oh, Pho sho’.

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