Looking for a Christmas Dinner suggestion with a difference? With top service, excellent vegan options, a set menu starting at just £14.50, Pho Cafe is worth your consideration. We checked it out to see if it should be on your Christmas list….
The Pho Cafe Christmas Menu is nothing if not fantastic value with two courses costing just £14.50 and three courses at £18.50 (the non-vegan menu is priced at £14.95 and £18.95 respectively). And yes, Christmas crackers are indeed provided. If your Christmas party is on a budget, this could be perfect.
We both decided to go for the three courses. For starters, Lizzie went with the Chả giò, crispy spring rolls served with lettuce & herbs to wrap and peanut sauce dip (you can change this for a soy-ginger sauce).
I ordered the Gỏi cuốn, fresh rice paper summer rolls with veggies, herbs, vermicelli & pickle. I picked the soy-ginger sauce to go with them.
Both starters were excellent and would definitely order them both again. My advice is to order a plate each and share them.
With no fewer than 11 options on the vegan Christmas menu, picking the right dish was not easy at all.
Lizzie eventually went the Phở chay. This classic Pho dish consists of tofu & button mushrooms in a scrumptious veggie broth. If you’ve never had Pho before this would be an excellent starting point.
If you are ordering a Pho dish and can handle a bit of spice, I would personally go for the spicer Bún chay Huế. The extra kick in this hot & spicy tofu and mushroom pho adds another dimension.
As Lizzie got the pho, I ordered the Bún. This is their vermicelli noodles dish with a wok-fried lemongrass & chilli topping, herbs and beansprouts, veggie spring roll & peanuts. You can choose to top it off with either tofu & mushroom or veggie spring rolls – I went with the tofu.
The biggest compliment I can give is that I will definitely be back to try this dish again. Tasty with every bite, the Bún was a real pleasure.
To round it off, we got the desserts. Lizzie got the Chuối chiên, a banana fritter with sorbet and fresh mint. She loved it.
I ordered the mango sorbet. As the banana fritter includes sorbet anyway, I’d suggest you go with that.
It’s worth noting that all these menu items are featured on the main menu, so if you do go in the new year they should still be available.
The Service was excellent throughout. Whilst the place was packed (the Manchester Christmas markets are in full swing right now), our Waiter Cain was excellent and added to the experience.
Looking for a Christmas Dinner with a difference? Be sure to check out Pho Cafe Manchester! We will be back next year to try a few more items from the menu.
Pho Cafe Manchester
The Corn Exchange, Manchester M4 3TR