Quirks with the name, interiors and the dishes, Va Pho is the newest Asian kid on the block that has been garnering attention due to its prime location and the ‘ph’un elements that are flashed all around the first ‘fun dining’ Asian canteen!
A casual dining set up, the interiors are all about vibrancy and being laid back. Having been there on a sunny afternoon, the place seemed all the more brightened with shades of green, yellow and posters splashed with colours and funky lights and seating. Classics playing in the background heightened the casual setting of the place. Comfortable seating, spacious and airy the ambience is perfect for a soothing Asian meal.
We had a comprehensive meal at Va Pho that afternoon and every dish revolving around 7 countries is focussed on simple and perfect execution with tastes that would very well suit the Indian palate without much compromise on its Asian authenticity. As the restaurant name goes, Pho is their speciality. Saigon Pho, the national soup of Vietnam was presented beautifully – one bowl with the chicken, onions, coriander and other fresh ingredients of the soup, a lovely sauce boat with the chicken broth and a hot sauce and lemon that can be added as per your taste preference. The highlight here was absolutely the chicken broth, so full of meaty goodness! Soothing and light, it was a perfect start to the Asian lunch.
On the side, we had the perfect beverages to quench our thirst while having strong vibes of the beach. Royal Madras and Rangoon Princess were my favourites from these. The Royal Madras is a brilliant concoction of tender coconut, cinnamon and a dash of lemon while the Rangoon Princess sang the glory of guava and lychee with a dash of lemon. Other beverages that were super unique were the Miloni Crush and Bangkok Mojito. They also had the Yummy Creamy which was an Asian version of a zingy Mango Lassi. YUM!
From the appetisers, we had two categories to choose from – Grills and Fry & Dry. From the Grills, we had the Balinese Chicken Satay and Chilli Tofu Satay. The sauces that came along were their perfect match and I loved the succulent Chicken Satay, the flavours it had absorbed and the slight char on the outside.
The Fry & Dry included Va Pho Mushrooms, Kam Haeong Broccoli, Chongqing Crispy Chilli Lamb and Va Pho Prawns. The Crispy Chilli Lamb was OHSOGOOD! Chunky, sweet and spicy with bits of crush. The Broccoli was unexpectedly the best vegetarian dish especially with its outer crispy coating and fresh Malaysian masala coating.
Next came the galore of Dimsums and Baos. The Dimsum basket had Zucchini, Corn and Cream Cheese and another with Hargow. It was quite filling and it was the chilly sauce that elevated the whole dish. The Baos were fermented bread with a variety of fillings. We tried the
The Baos were fermented bread with a variety of fillings. We tried the BBQ Chicken, Crispy BBQ Mushroom and Spicy Tofu. FILLING AND LIP SMACKING yummies these are. The fermented bread (slightly sour) with spicy/smoky filling is just a perfect meal by itself. We were INSTANTLY filled with this. Thanks to the lovely games around the fun dining we took some time off and played Jenga!
Proceeding to the mains, the spread was absolutely eye catching. Va Pho Rice, Indonesian Beef Rendang Curry with Coconut Rice, Spicy Malay Noodles, Banana Blossom Salad, Mee Goreng, Buddha Bites, Prawn Sizzler and the lunch special Bi Bim Bap. Loved the Va Pho Rice (seafood). Slightly soggy, spicy and rich with the flavor of the ocean I loved every spoonful! The next best thing was the Beef Rendang with the slightly sweet coconut rice. THE most wholesome dish on the menu. The beef was cooked brilliantly and the curry was a lovely combo with the rice! The description says it all and each dish was a wonderful depiction of the description.
After all the scrumptious mains, we were suggested the gigantic Vapholicious. A monster combination of all things sweet, this had butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla ice cream scoops with Gems, Brownie bits, Tutti-fruttis, candies and what nots of the treat world. Top it all off with some theatrical Liquid Nitrogen and voila, there’s the Vapholicious dessert. After all the gaga over the smoke and theatre, it turned out to be quite a brain freeze though. It was the other dessert that was simple and YUM. Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick a simple dessert focused on the balance of flavours. The stick with the rose syrup and the sago was an amazing combination and the light wafers were stunning! Light and refreshing it is perfect for the city’s scorch.
With many Asian options cropping up in the city, the dishes at Va Pho guarantee scrumptiousness that would totally agree with the Indian palate. The twists yet authenticity at a price that is very reasonable especially because the portions are huge and can be shared and with all the company there are many fun activities to do together given their fun dining funtastic restaurant!
WTF Recommends – Va Pho Rice, Chongqing Crispy Chilli Lamb, Crispy Spicy Fish Bao, Tender Coconut Ice Cream Stick
WTF METER FOR VA PHO, GOPALAPURAM:
Ambience – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Quality & Taste – 8/10
Beverages – 8/10
VFM – 8/10
Parking – Valet
Reservations – Recommended