Last night, I made my way over to Pho Restaurant’s Soho branch on Wardour St. As a lover of Pho’s food, and ample contributer to their monthly profit margins, they had very kindly invited me to join them for an (aptly named) #Phocus group evening. I, and some other very lovely food appreciators sat around a table with one of the founders and inspiration behind Pho, Jules, and sampled some of their latest menu developments/enhancements.
NOPI's Alice-in-Wonderland-style toilets. Quite mind-bending after some wine.
When I first read that the (hjonesy-titled) ‘King-of-the-veggie’ chef Yotam Ottolenghi was to open a ‘real’ restaurant in Soho I could barely contain my excitement. I have eaten in the Islington branch of the deli-cum-cafe-cum-restaurant several times and each time I have marvelled at how someone can take so few, simple, ingredients (including lots of veggies) and make them taste SO appealing. He’s a true pioneer in turning us Brits into people who can appreciate something made with just a few fresh, wholesome ingredients as opposed to something which has been cluster-bombed with ingredients and seasonings