One’d give anything for the best pho in London. Song Que, the Vietnamese restaurant that Timeout highly recommended and for all the right reasons. It’s a strange phenomenon to walk down Kingsland road where Vietnamese restaurants lined up one after another. Some completely full while others without a single customer. Song Que is as casual as a restaurant can get, tables so close you could easily touch other diners and noise so loud it could easily be a food court. Service is so fast the long queue clears like the speed of space invaders. I have to say, without the recommendation, it’s not a place I’d just walk in.
The walls were completely green, bright enough to meet Christmas. Lobster models were hanging everywhere as if it’s a seafood restaurant proudly showing off variety. But no one seemed to care about the rather bizarre surroundings because they were either focusing on eating pho or trying to order some from the Chinese restaurant like menu.
Pho - beef and tripe
The pho was definitely the best I’ve tasted. The glass noodles were see through clear with the perfect chewiness. The soup had a oily top layer with the smell that was about to follow me home, but also flavoursome enough to easily drink empty. It really changed my perspective on pho and also on Vietnamese food.
Verdict - 4/5
Food (best pho) - the best pho in london.
Service (minimal) - no ambiance, just imagine instead of everyone sitting in Hyde park for one of those jam packed summer concerts, they sit in a super green noisy restaurant. There is always a long queue but you don’t need to book.
Cost (£20pp) - very cheap, we ordered 4 dishes and 3 bowls of pho for £60.
134 Kingsland Road
E2 8DY, 0207 613 3222