Wandering around Soho the other day, I was hankering after something South-East Asian, but everywhere we tried to get into - Koya, Tonkotsu to name a couple - were busy. I ended up in Pho, halfway down Wardour Street.
Pho, as the name suggests, mainly sells large bowls of Vietnamese noodle soup. It's a chain, apparently, and we'd stumbled into one of several branches it has around London.
Like everywhere else at 1pm in the west end, Pho was heaving with people, but we still ventured inside to see if we could find a seat.
Early signs weren't promising - the woman at the door greeted us with all the enthusiasm of someone who's discovered a nasty wart - but things picked up from there (not least because she disappeared to be replaced by a perky French geezer).
The menu has a smattering of vegan options (everything that's veggie is vegan too, I was told, although that presumably doesn't apply to the desserts including dairy ice cream) and we started with the veggie summer rolls, below.
To be clear, I've never been to Vietnam and don't have much experience of Vietnamese food or not, I don't know if these are in any way authentic or not but, while the rice noodles had the right amount of gelatinous feel and raw veg were suitably crunchy, it just felt like the whole thing was crying out for some protein - tofu, tempeh, what have you.
The peanut sauce that came with the rolls could have filled the gap if it had been thick and full of peanuts, but what came with it was not noticeably peanutty, and seemed to have more in common with HP sauce than Vietnamese peanut sauce.
Next up, I opted for a bowl of bun chay hue, below.