Into the City

India Today - - INSIDE - by prachi sibal

Eight things to look for­ward to, in­clud­ing an ex­cit­ing new Asian can­teen with a dif­fer­ence.

The name is a play on the Viet­namese soup meal ‘pho’ and could also mean come and go (va po) in Tamil. Pop colours, anime on the walls, art on a tuk tuk, board games, Va Pho has ev­ery­thing to make it the city’s first ‘fun’ din­ing restau­rant. There are small pri­vate din­ing rooms if you want a more in­ti­mate meal. An Asian can­teen with a dif­fer­ence, the menu (a fold over mock news­pa­per) fea­tures a mix of clas­sics from South East Asian coun­tries and some ex­per­i­men­tal ones in­spired by them.

The sum­mer cock­tail Bangkok Mo­jito, with mud­dled basil and ginger, is a must-try. The slow-cooked pho is burst­ing with flavours from the broth and topped with chunks of meat. Here, you pour the broth over a mix of top­pings in­stead of the other way round and the por­tions are mug-sized so it doesn’t make up your whole meal. The Va Pho prawns cooked in sam­bal are del­i­cate and fresh. Also worth a try is the BBQ Chicken Bao, which took sev­eral tri­als, ad­mits chef Ram Ku­mar, be­fore it came to be its per­fectly fluffy self. Be­fore you head out, tuck into the Ten­der Co­conut Ice Cream Stick that is un­doubt­edly the best of the ex­per­i­ments here. AT Va Pho, 73, Cathe­dral Road, Gopala­pu­ram

TEL 48566555 MEAL FOR TWO Rs 1,500

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