There is only one rule of thumb when selecting an Asian eatery - look at the clientele. Too Western and you realize even before you see the menu that the food on offer has been lost in translation. Thus I was more than happy to wait outside Mama Pho's in Rotherhithe when in search of some classic Vietnamese this weekend. (Another sign that the food is good when the queue extends around the corner.) My dish of choice- lemon-grass pork, rice vermicelli, fresh vegetables combined with classic dipping sauce was sensational, zingy fresh, and gave me an acute sense of nostalgia - years of consuming very cheap pho on Collingwood's Victoria Street, Melbourne. I was so taken with this dish that it is our weekend inspiration. Cash only and definitely worth the trek to Canada Water.
24 Evelyn Street London, SE8 5DG
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