My aversion to Pho the chain has been well-documented, and I have now sworn it off forever, even if the branch at Westfield in Shepherds Bush is just about the only place for one to get a bowl of Vietnam’s national dish in the western half of London. I was delighted, then, to read about a restaurant, just two tube stops away from me in Fulham, serving up some apparently good quality pho.
I gave Me Me a try one sunny midsummer’s evening when, save for a big group celebrating a birthday, the restaurant was practically empty. Most reviews had praised the Pho here, but panned the other offerings. Nonetheless, I felt obliged to try a couple of other dishes, avoiding the menu’s many Chinese entries and opting for two traditional Vietnamese starters: Gỏi Cuốn– prawns summer rolls and Bánh xèo – golden pancake stuffed with bean sprouts, prawns and pork. The summer rolls had literally the thinnest slices of prawns possible, with cheaper crabstick used to make up the volume – I was not impressed. The pancake was crisp, but drenched in oil. Needless to say, neither was particularly successful. Never mind, as long as Me Me could dish up a decent bowl of Pho with beef, it would have me won over. It couldn’t. The beef was tender and of a reasonable quality, and the noodles the right kind (Pho take note!), but the broth was insipid and did not even remotely exhibit the depth of flavour it should. It was still better than Pho the chain, mind, but that’s saying nothing.
Fried coconut wrapped ice cream for dessert was absolutely horrid – ghastly, still rock hard vanilla ice cream, coated in a weird coconut flake batter and deep fried – ugh.
In a nutshell...
If you are in west London and must have a bowl of pho, go to Me Me – it is better than Pho the chain, and just about passable. But after trying this Fulham establishment, my advice remains the same – suppress any craving, until you get out east. And if you do end up at Me Me, don’t order anything else on the menu besides the pho – you will almost certainly regret it.
565 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1ES
Average Price: £10-£20