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Oct 28, 2009 03:24 PM

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.

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  1. Did they have anything resembling real pho?

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    1. re: brokentelephone

      They had a few pho dishes on their menu, listed as beef or chicken iirc. But I didn't try (went for the low investment summer roll first, which didn't seem encouraging), so I don't know if it resembles real pho or not. Hope to hear others chime in.

      1. re: brokentelephone

        I've just been there for lunch and the pho was just as good a what I had in Vietnam - not quite as fiery but they do provide chilli to add it. Pho is only £4.90 so I thought it was pretty good value for money.

        1. re: brokentelephone

          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.

          Dave MP