Holy Phok as a venue is small but perfectly formed. Great decor, good music, lovely staff, perfect service and food that was great with flashes of brilliant.
I started with the prawn star - shrimp crackers, fresh and ungreasy, served with prawns in lime juice with mango, Thai basil and chilli. This was probably my favourite dish of the evening as it was punchy, spicy without being overwhelming and totally refreshing. Every mouthful was a little pallet cleanser and I would definitely order it again.
For my main course I chose the bao wow tofu, as (whisper it) I'm not a fan of pho. Two delightful bao buns with fried tofu, pickled vegetables, bean sprouts, peanuts, chilli and a side of 'herb slaw'. The buns were fantastic but overall I thought the dish lacked seasoning. It could have done with something on the salty/sour spectrum to bring it to life. I was hoping the slaw would have elements of a som tum to it but as this is Vietnamese food rather than Thai I can't really complain. A splash of lime and some fish sauce, plus a bit more heat would have elevated the whole dish to another level. Fish sauce, hoisin and homemade chilli sauce (delicious) were all available on the table and adding some of all three almost solved the problem but citrus would have really made the difference.
On the waitress's recommendation, I chose the chocolate and coffee brownie for pudding and went with the green matcha ice cream. The ice cream was the most disappointing thing I ate - couldn't taste the tea at all and, whilst it was pleasantly rich and creamy, it was so bland that if it hadn't been for its colour I'd have thought the flavouring had been left out altogether. The brownie however was fantastic. If you like them rich, gooey and indulgent, this is the brownie for you.
I can highly recommend the Fritz Spritz rhubarb for a non-alcoholic drink. My friends had mint tea at the end of the meal and were offered free hot water refills which was a nice touch, surprisingly rarely seen. The bill for three of us came to under £70, including service, which was very reasonable. All-in-all, a lovely evening.
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