No Chips Please! Pho Brighton Review
12 Black Lion Street
With one child leaving me for the bright lights of big school, it was left to my daughter and I to carry on the adventure of tasting the kids’ menus of Brighton and Hoves many restaurants. This month we visited Pho, not somewhere I have visited before but I would definitely go back. In order to ensure a fair review my daughter decided that I should also eat off the kids menu from now on too, which is exactly what I did.
The restaurant looks very grown up when you first walk in but they were very accommodating to children and there are plenty of high chairs if you need one. The staff were friendly but not overbearing. My daughter was given a menu with a picture on the back to colour in and some sparkly coloured pencils to use which she did for most of our visit.
I was slightly concerned that a Vietnamese restaurant might not be able to cater to the needs of a child who is not that adventurous but while the menu is small each meal has different variations so there is bound to be something even the fussiest child would eat.
We started with a lovely freshly squeezed apple juice (we opted to leave out the mint and lime) which was really refreshing, and was finished in minutes. We ordered the ‘Mini Pho Xao (wok fried flat rice noodles with chicken, beansprouts and mange tout) and ‘Wok fried rice with egg’. We added prawn to this dish rather than opting for the usual and safe choice of chicken. These were both thoroughly enjoyed by both my daughter and myself. The noodles had a lovely delicate ginger flavour and the chicken was so tender it melted in the mouth. While in the whole it was a success, the beansprouts were not, but at least she tried one. I had to fight her over the fried rice so I think that was the real winner of the day. We had a banana fritter for dessert which was delicious but it was also nice to see that you could just opt for fruit for dessert if you wanted them to eat something healthier or ice cream for a treat.
The prices are really reasonable, between £3.25 and £4.25 for a main, between 50p and £1 for a dessert and drinks were only a pound to so this means you really can enjoy it any day, it doesn’t need to be reserved for special occasions. This is definitely somewhere I will be taking the whole family in the future.