So, Mo Pho... go? No go? Blow-by-blow below

Mo Pho, the new Vietnamese restaurant on Coulgate Street that replaced Long Time Cafe, has opened. More than just a rebrand, the place is under new ownership (after the previous team lost its way in recent years) and is now focused on Vietnamese food, rather than Asian fusion. They've also reinstated the small dining area, which gives the place back its friendly ambience.

We've not had a chance to try the food yet, but early reports are good. Please post your comments and reviews here.

66 comments:

Mb said...

Went last night, excellent. I overheard that they were planning to to delivery in a couple of weeks but I'm not sure the broth type things will work that well, needs to be piping hot.

I had a dish with slivers of raw beef that were slightly cooked when the stock was added. Really delicious, quiet light though so worth getting a starter if your really hungry.

I'd be interested in getting an opinion from someone who knows about vietnamese food.

Anonymous said...

Oh good - takeaway? Opening hours? Anyone know anything?!

Mb said...

It was something like this...

http://newasiancuisine.com/6855-hanoi-beef-noodle-soup-pho-bo.html

Anonymous said...

funny name...

Ian on the Hill said...

I tried it last night.
The Mo Pho soup was delicious - the very thinnest of broths, but beautifully spiced. The mixed pickles were a kind of warm, spiced cabbage salad, but a portion is too much for one person I think, so plan on sharing it. My main was the stewed pork belly. The upside to it was that the meat itself was absolutely fantastic, flavoursome and rich. However, there wasn't an awful lot of meat and I think my palate has been burned out by too much chilli-soaked Thai food, because I found the accompanying vegetables a bit bland and the rice not quite as fragrant as I'd have liked. It was a good sized portion, but for £6.50 on the takeaway front I would have hoped for a little more of that heavenly pork.
The staff seemed nice guys and eager to make it good - they are trialing the menu just now and may make changes depending on the feedback they get.
Cosy, friendly little place too if you fancy a sit down meal.

Deptford dame said...

Love the headline...!

Anonymous said...

Anyone know what it's like for vegetarians?

Anonymous said...

I had black tiger prawns with noodles and broth to takeaway. The give the broth to you in a separate container so that u mix the ingredients when u get home, to avoid the noodles etc getting over cooked. Was extremely delicious. Go yo!

Monkeyboy said...

I gave the broth. A quick blast in the microwave to make sure it was piping hot... BrockleyBen is very disappointed that I own such a device. Ludite.

Anonymous said...

slivers of raw beef, thin broth, you pay for that?... any chance of a good steak house in the vicinity any time in the foreseeable future?

Viet-brock said...

It's fantastic. Got a takeaway on opening night and if you're into authentic Vietnamese food, Brockley now has it! Rice paper prawn rolls are my fav. I found the soup perfectly hot, but admittedly I didn't have far to take it.

Mb said...

Yes anon, I pay for it. I can cook my own steak, I can't cook authentic vietnamease food. One day you too will develop adult tastes, until then stick to the fish fingers, chips and peas.

David said...

Went to Mo Pho this evening and sat in. It was brilliant, the broth for the Pho is beautiful and the noodle salad was really fresh.

Staff are really friendly and the restaurant is very nicely decked out.

We will be back. A great addition to Brockley.

Marc said...

Thread has a great positive bite to it! Plan to pop in sometime tomorrow, thanks for the feedback.

Anonymous said...

@mb. There are hundreds of places springing up purveying Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, heaven knows what foods. Even half the pubs seem to have forsaken English and French cuisine for that of the Orient.

There a few places around such as the Orchard but is it too much to ask for some more variety in Brockley rather than endless types of Eastern food?

Just because you like them doesn't mean you need to be scornful of good Western European cooking and classify it all as "fish fingers, chips and peas".

Tj said...

oh Anon grow up - it's a great asset to the area and serves great food - don't moan because it is not a steakhouse. If you do want steak I can recommend Buenos Aires cafe in Balckheath. Or good 'English' food? The Talbot is mighty fine. Not too far to go. But if you want Vietmanese, we have a great one on our doorstep.

By the way you mention Japanese - I would be deliriously happy if an authentic Japanese erestaurant opens up....

Monkeyboy said...

Not convinced that the last anon wasnt joking?

Thankfully the Elizabethans were a little more accepting of funny foreign produce or we'd never have those starchy tubers from south America to make into chips, and don't get me started on tea, see this from Samuel Peyps

"We talked together of the interest of this kingdom to have a peace with Spain and a war with France and Holland… And afterwards did send for a Cupp of Tee (a China drink) of which I never had before, and went away."

Samuel Pepys, Diary, 25 Sep 1660

Ok, roast chicken? Domesticated jungle fowl from Asia.

Do you see where I'm going with this? If it wasn't for your more accepting fellow citizens we'd still be eating leaves and wool.

London must be a confusing and terrifying place, go lie down for a while and perhaps you'll find it was all a bad dream.

Brockley Nick said...

That site will only work for a restaurant with that takes a large amount of its income from takeaway, because it's not a big enough site to make enough money from seated diners.

There aren't many steakhouse takeaways that I know of.

Anonymous said...

Mmm, woool.... :Q_

Aricana said...

I picked up a takeaway last night and the food was great! Plan to visit again and again!

Anonymous said...

So, tj, the nearest steakhouse you would recommend is Blackheath? There are a number of other Vietnamese take-aways/restuarants closer than that, and yet you complain about somebody wanting a steakhouse within walking distance in preference to yet more Vietnamese take-aways. That seems a little unfair.

Mb said...

Jesus! Unfair? Better than than dishonest I suppose. I doubt there is a conspiracy keeping down steakhouses. Do you think local authorities should prevent vietnamease restaurants opening? The world should wake up to this new example of state power! Don't worry, we have a new good honest chippy that's just opened, perhaps they slipped in before councilor Ho Chi Minh steped on their plans.

Mb said...

...actually how many parts of London are within walking distance of a steakhouse? Perhaps the demand is not as great as you think? Decent steak is expensive and actually easy to cook yourself so why bother? Angus and Bernie are still going I think but mainly to snare tourists.

Anonymous said...

The Ladywell Tavern has a steak night every week. 12oz rib eyes. Advertised as the best in town.

Anon 2 said...

There we go...everyone's a winner. Was the cow honest?

Anonymous said...

Cows never lie, unless it's going to rain.

Bored and tired said...

The Talbot also does a perfectly good steak. That's at least two steak places within walking distance, anon. I also regularly walk to Blackheath. Honestly, some people find things to complain about in the most innocent and positive stories.

The Campaign for Honest Fare said...

Contrary to the ratings given to other, neighbouring establishments selling more dishonest fare, the Campaign is pleased to announce that Yo Mo Pho has been given Honesty status for its cheap, decent grub sold with the minimum of fuss.

We hope this draws a line under the matter.

FrFintonStack said...

Jesus, we really are one step away from blathering about "forr'un muck", aren't we?

On top of that, the anonymous poster(s) don't appear to realise that restaurants/takeaways are neither a social service (they a private enterprise, operated by private individuals and companies, and depend both on their operators existing inclinations and knowledge, and their identification of a market opportunity: no one has a right to any) nor a zero sum game (the presence of a Vietnamese joint doesn't prevent anyone else opening a steakhouse, especially as there are plenty of vacant shops in the area. No one has a right to any particular type of restaurant in their immediate vicinity. If anonymous wants a steakhouse that bad, why doesn't he or she get off his or her arse and open one, rather than sitting around moaning on internet forums about rather more dynamic people are contributing to the local area?

Anon 2 said...

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/metro/20225.aspx

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/archive/20185.aspx

"Mike Brown, the Managing Director of London Rail, Transport for London's rail division which manages the line, said: 'The East London extension of the London Overground is now a major transport artery connecting key hubs in north, east and south London"

Blimey, even the boss of London Rail is confused. The East London Route? The East London Extension?

Perhaps referring to each constituent bit by names that reflect the areas they serve is useful. The person responsible for it seems to agree.
Step away from the keyboard and take your medication.

anon 2 said...

FFS... wrong thread.

Finlay Lector said...

AMAZING food. They've started delivery now, and the family running the restaurant were all incredibly friendly. I'm tempted to chain myself to the table and demand a steady drip feed of Pho for the next week - only pausing to inhale a summer roll.
Go, go, go!

Anonymous said...

Simple, decent fare.

DJ said...

Thank God. All these 3-star Michelin joints Brockley is full of are doing my head in.

THNick said...

I don't particularly agree with the Anon but the attacks he generated are incredible. I particularly like him being slated for hating foreign food after he suggested he'd like somewhere selling French cuisine.

Anonymous said...

Is there a menu online??

Jennifer said...

I had my first food from Mo Pho last night - the slow-cooked belly pork with rice. It was really delicious and tasty, and came with plenty of vegetables so it didn't feel quite so unhealthy as other takeaway sometimes does (although belly pork is hardly diet food).

As others who've eaten there said, the staff were really friendly and the place has been done up nicely. I can't wait to go back and try some different food. Highly recommended.

Thomas Hardy said...

Very much enjoyed visiting. Seemed to be a limited range for vegetarians - perhaps two starters and two mains - but what we had was good.

I look forward to going there again soon.

Suggestion said...

They said they want as much feedback as possible so you should suggest some more veg dishes go on the menu. Easy to do I'm sure.

Lady Well Enough said...

Ate at Mo Pho last night.

The waitress was lovely, great teeth, and eager to find out what we thought.
We had the seafood rolls - delicious, wanted more!
The rare beef Pho - the broth was excellent and came with extra coriander, bean sprouts and chilis to add if you like. The beef was a bit bland - next time I'd go for seafood.
And we had the slow cooked belly pork. The pork was fatty and so, so tasty. Really good.

No license so bring your own for a £1 corkage fee.

My only complaint was the horrendous music playing on the radio - they should definitely invest in an ipod and some playlists. I lived through 80's super ballads, I don't want to again.

We'll be going back for more.

Anonymous said...

Was ok, bit disorganised on the service and very slow, the starter platter not a good idea. Food was nice will give it a try again. (I love viet food and to easy get the ELL for 20min you can be in Viet food heaven)

R

gibby said...

Went last week. Had the prawn pho which was good although it did lack the depth of flavour found in the phos at Cafe East (Surray Quays). Still, a good addition to the area and the waiting staff were lovely. Will definitely go back.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good, does anyone know if the menu's available online anywhere?

bumbags said...

this is REALLY late to post on this thread, but just in case someone (as I did!) checked the comments before a visit to Mo Pho...
I went this weekend, and thought it was excellent. We got a take-out and the waitress was really helpful and charming. Mo Pho special pho was delicious, as was my dish of lamb with rice and veg- lamb had been marinated in chilli and garlic, and was really lovely- tasty and tender.
I will certainly be a regular visitor here, and wish them every success. Great addition to Brockley.

Gaga said...

Based on the above comments, I went to trial Mo Pho as a takeaway the other night. The staff were very welcoming, the wait alright, the smell from the kitchen promising, only the food was... bland. Apart from the spring rolls, the mains lacked spice & seasoning and tasted average. Even their basmati rice was soggy. Shame because the ingredients looked fresh. Maybe a bad night in the kitchen?

need the info said...

what's their number and do they accept cheques?

Gaga said...

The answer is shown in the picture: 020 8465 9586... They told me that a takeaway menu (and local delivery) will start on 1 September. They'd better serve better food than on my first visit though.

Alex said...

I totally agree with the review by Gaga, although the staff, atmosphere and fresh ingredients were very nice, I must say that the taste of the food is very ordinary and bland. Don't get me wrong, for a takeaway the food is decent but not very authentic if compared with Cafe East and Mama Pho in Surrey Quays which in my opinion have the best Vietnamese dishes I've tried in the UK. I think that Mo Pho is a great addition to the local choice of eateries but if you don't mind hopping on the Overground, the two Vietnamese restaurants in Surrey Quays are a much better choice.

Luu said...

Sorry Alex, I share a different opinion. Used to be a fan of Cafe East but stopped going earlier this year as found it has gone downhill. Had their beef pho and found the soup far too sweet and artificial - maybe a bit heavy handed with the MSG?? I was so thirsty afterwards! Yet to try Mo Pho but picked up a take away menu and looks promising..

Anonymous said...

Nice presentation, but very ordinary, very bland. Won't be going back.

Anonymous said...

well i ive been going to mo pho ever since its opened and think it is great..bland ppl say?? they need their head tested. much better than cafe east which has gone down hill and i really like the ppl who work at mo pho.. very friendly not like the rude ppl at cafe east!

Anonymous said...

ok gaga...u dont know wat ur talking about mate. they dont use basmalti rice cos its thai fragrant rice. get ur facts right before u post comments which are wrong! the soups are amazing and recently had the salmon which is tops!

Anonymous said...

Hi all

So after reading all the comments on here and still being undecided as to whether I really wanted to go to what seemed like just another vietnamese joint with a funny name I ventured in.

The welcome was good, the young guy on the door was well spoken and asked us straight away if we wanted a table. We were seated by the door as this was the only table left, bit sad that I got a bit of draft every time someone came in though.

We had the summer rolls to start with and the sauce that came with them were great, however the chilli's in them were alot more potent than I thought as I tried to show off in front of my friends by eating them! (big mistake), but I held it together and apart from the immense sweating, which helped as I was sat by the door., I continued to enjoy the rest of the rolls.
For mains we had the slow cooked pork, the Mo Pho speacial (rare beef) and the fish with rice.

I have to say that the food was amazing, myself and my two other guests have actually been to Viet Nam and must say that this food is by far the most authentic any of us have had in London. The rice was really well cooked and the Pho couldn't have been better, on a winter night nothing beats the broth that was served with it. My only grumble was that we had to go out and get our own beers, that said it's a great joint to eat in and the guys in the kitchen were actually laughing and joking with each other, something you rarely see in kitchens nowadays!.

Looking at the other comments saying the food was bland underspiced and the food being better in other establishments, I totaly agree you need your heads tested. Cafe East better? youre kidding me, have you ever eaten real authentic vietnamese before?
Don't tell me youre one of those people who buys uncle Jerry's stir in sauce and believe that is the best sauce you've eaten in your life!

I'm not flying the flag for these guys at Mo Pho but you have to be fair and honest in your review, it sounds to me like youre either a friend of the guys at cafe east or you work there?

To finish off I think this is definitely a great replacement to Long time cafe, which itself was good but inconsistent with its opening times, I loved Tom's food and he was always a great host when we visited but I for one have been won over by these new guys.

Keep up the good work guys and if you continue to serve up food this good then I'll be recomending you to everyone I know!

How do I leave my name on this, I'm a little retarded with computers.

Oh Well

Great food and good service.


Chris of Brockley

Anonymous said...

I was there with my friends and had the best pho ever, the soup was tasty. The food was very fresh and with loads of choices of starters and mains.

I will definitely visit again and try the rest of the menu.

The staff was very friendly.

Anonymous said...

i don't understand all the fuss. I went with 2 friends and it was tasteless. bland and boring. i've eaten this kind of food all around the world and it was very boring.

Headhunter said...

Went to Mo Pho last night for the 1st time. We had summer rolls and mushroom "crepe" for starters. The summer rolls were pleasant although I've had better. The crepe was what you get in Chinese restaurants under the name ho fun... Again OK but not outstanding, mostly "crepe" and not a lot of filing with an insipid vinegary dip.

My partner had a soup based veggie noodle dish and I had slow cooked king fish. The noodle soup was pretty bland and unexciting and my king fish seemed to have come out of a tin. It came with "fragrant" rice which seemed to be pretty bog standard boiled rice and some vegetables - a few slices of carrots and Chinese leaves in a salty sauce (oyster sauce?).

Generally unimpressed and I won't be hurrying back. You can get better food in Wetherspoons... Not sure what all the fuss is about.

This comment will probably get deleted as Nick doesn't like derogatory comments about local businesses but it's my honest opinion

nobspotter said...

oooh... nice bit of snideism at the end there. Go, you lycra clad warrior.

Brockley Nick said...

@hh - what are you on about? I don't delete bad reviews. I delete defamatory posts, posts predicting business failure and the occasional dickhead who moans about something before it's opened. But I have never deleted anyone because they didn't like the rice. But thanks for the unnecessary dig. Makes running this site, which you've been using for years, all worthwhile.

headhunter said...

Sorry.... Must've been having a bad day... Take that last bit out if you like

Anonymous said...

Looks like there's in-fighting in the MBE!

moreorless said...

There's only one place in the world to eat Pho. That's Hanoi. But if you're in London, Mo Pho is a lot closer, and it's good.

Lilynguyen147 said...

@HH How can you say that wetherspoons is better than the food at mo pho when the food there is so shit and they all ready meals microwaved? And your fish did not come out of a can. Some people just don't appreciate food from other cultures. And if you're saying you like nasty microwave pub food better than this place you obviously don't have any taste buds to begin with

N Lowe said...

Love this place. Prawn summer rolls are fresh and extremely delicious!
Nice group of guys that run this place.

uruztiwaz said...

I went for the 1st time on Monday. Nice guys that run it, although a little slow with the food. Or maybe it just seemed that way as I was starving!


Lovely home made lemonade and the food was good. Fried Pho and meat(Yay for recognisable shrimp/prawn and chicken!), along with Glass noodles and meat were tasty. I wouldn't have said no to a bit more on the chilli/spice heat side but maybe that's what the chilli sauce was for?

Will probably go again as a nice atmosphere and a decent pricing.

Anon said...

Good in every way except the over-loud 80s hits radio which gave a boring corporate chain feel, so out of keeping with the place.

terrencetrentderby said...

Really craving noodles, has this place got better since last year?


Not much choice/quality in the area for South East Asian food.

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