Classic beef pho at Cay Tre


A big bowl of south-east Asian noodles is always warming and comforting, especially when you’re drenched in a sudden October shower. This bowl had the right mix of aromatic, sweet, and, with the addition of the red chilli served with other herbs on the side, heat. Hand-made noodles were a cut above the standard packet fare.

“I’d happily have a party at Cay Tre, with tastier food than, say, Wagamama. But would I rush back for this pho? Unclear.”

The star of the show was the beef. Some slices of grilled beef and some melting brisket were both spot on, and took on the fresh crispness of the broth while still being warm and luxurious.

I wasn’t terrible enamoured with the decision to serve a (huge) pile of herbs and beansprouts on the side. Perhaps I’m being a philistine (and, yes, I know many places serve pho in this way), but getting you to flavour your own stock seemed to shirk the responsibility of creating a delicious dish. This isn’t Koya with its amazing walnut miso concoction. Perhaps I should have just dumped my whole plate of herbs into the bowl, but anything else amounts to Mongolian hotpot, where the only one to blame if you don’t like the mix is yourself. This was only emphasized by one companion who fished out the onion, which had been served in the bowl.

The other downer was that I tried someone else’s spicy-garlicky pho, and thought that broth was really spectacular. In the end, I’d happily have a party at Cay Tre, with tastier food than, say, Wagamama. But would I rush back for this pho? Unclear.

71/100 top dishes on London


One thought on “Classic beef pho at Cay Tre

  1. Good Afternoon,

    My name is James Edwards and I work with Vietnamese Kitchen; a growing chain of authentic, London-based Vietnamese restaurants whose venues include Cay Tre, Viet Grill and Keu Deli.

    Thank you for mentioning Cay Tre above – we really appreciate the publicity!

    I was just wondering whether you might be able to include a link to our homepage in your article?

    The link is:

    I’d be very grateful if you could let me know your thoughts on this matter.

    Kind regards,

    James Edwards

    Outreach & Support
    Desk: 0203 4321 366
    4b Union Court, SW4 6JP

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