Restaurant reviews

Trinity Kitchen: Step into autumn at Pho

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Pho, the Vietnamese street food restaurant in Trinity Kitchen, Leeds.

We’ve eaten there on several occasions, but last week we were invited down to review their new autumn menu. With the weather this week really starting to turn autumnal, and the evenings starting to lose their light, summery feel, it’s time to start looking towards the sort of warming, rich comfort food that gets us through this time of year!

Pho have revamped their normal menu to reflect traditional autumnal flavours. Mushrooms, as you might expect, feature heavily, with dishes like the pho bo nam trung (beef brisket, mushrooms, and egg yolk in a Vietnamese noodle soup) and Ca-ri (a rich fragrant curry with mushrooms and veggies) making the most of this ingredient to reflect the best of this seasonal flavour.

We decided to try these two new dishes, Kyle opting for the soup and me for the curry. We also ordered some of the chicken wings to start with, and couldn’t resist ordering some pork spring rolls, even though they’re on the menu year round at Pho; they’re simply too good not to order!

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As our meal was freshly cooked to order, we sat back and relaxed in the buzzy surroundings of Trinity Kitchen. Minutes later, our starters arrived. The spring rolls were crispy on the outside and aromatic and full of flavour on the inside. The chicken wings were also delicious, served with a really spicy chilli sauce.

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As for the mains, Kyle’s soup was a dream for mushroom lovers! The enoki and button mushrooms were filling and nutritious, the creamy egg yolk sitting on top perfectly cooked and adding a different sort of texture to the dish as a whole. The beef brisket was tender and very nicely cooked, and the flavour of the broth was intense without being too much.

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My curry, meanwhile, was a very interesting dish. I’ve never had a curry before with beef brisket but it worked really nicely. The curry sauce was lighter than a Japanese or Indian curry sauce and the nuts that topped the dish added a new flavour dimension.

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Our meals were nicely topped off by the drinks we ordered. I asked for a jasmine tea and Kyle ordered a Vietnamese coffee. The coffee was served with condensed milk and, although sweet, was very moreish. In fact, Kyle liked it so much he ordered two! My jasmine tea was delicate and fragant.

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Another positive element of eating out at Pho in Trinity Kitchen is the price. The main meals come in at around £7 and when you bear in mind that we couldn’t eat another thing all day, it’s pretty good value.

Pho is a perfect choice for lunch in Leeds, especially if you’re shopping in Trinity. The autumn dishes have added a new dimension to the already fantastic menu, so if you haven’t tried Pho before, now really is the perfect time!

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