Nam, Soho, London
A new Vietnamese place that opened last week on Dean Street, tried them last weekend. So far nothing special.
Skimpy summer rolls -- one prawn (well, actually sliced in half), with the rest made up by surimi/crab stick.
Decent premade caphe sua (Zgoz beans).
Taste of Beijing is a much more exciting opening in comparison. Also the pork summer rolls at Caphe House on Bermondsey street is quite good - with the complexity of the various Vietnamese herbs, as well as sandy bits of dried pork skin.
I tried Nam tonight - got the rare-sliced beef pho. Not perfect, but not bad. My main complaint is that the broth was too salty. But flavorwise, I thought it was quite good and had some nice depth to it, meat-wise and spice-wise. Noodles were fine, inside the soup were some onions and slivered ginger and coriander. On the side came bean sprouts, chili, basil, lemon.
Jasmine green tea for £1 was made with real loose tea leaves, which could presumably could be used again with a water refill.
A friend of mine was getting a noodle salad (bun) just as I was leaving, but I didn't get to try it. She said it was good though. Prices were reasonable I thought - doesn't compare price-wise or quality-wise to San Francisco or Boston, but considering the location it was pretty good.
They also have bun, banh mi sandwiches, bean noodle soup, and curry.