I came across the hilariously named Phat Phuc noodle bar a couple of years go by accident, it was closed at the time as they only open for lunch so I promised myself I would return to check out the food. It just so happens that one of my friends now works around the corner from there so we decided to go and see if the food was as good as the name.
It’s based in a small courtyard off the Kings Road in Chelsea next to the Farmers market, seating is outdoor underneath umbrellas (handy seeing as it was chucking it down) and the vibe is relaxed as you like with friendly staff. When you place your order be sure to check out the photos of celebrities who have visited in the past, there is quite an impressive/hilarious collection including Kevin Bacon and Bryan Adams amongst others.
Starters are £4 and mains around £6.50, pretty reasonable for somewhere as high-end as Chelsea, I’m sure they could easily charge more and get away with it round those parts. The menu is fairly simple consisting of just 3 or 4 starters, and then a choice of noodle soups (traditional Vietnamese Pho or Laksa) & salads for the main course.
For starters we ordered some cold Vietnamese spring rolls (above) which were delicious dipped in sweet chilli sauce, and prawn dim sum (below) with a sweet soy dip which were melt in the mouth-tastic.
For mains we ordered beef pho (which I completely forgot to photograph but it’s a soup with beef and noodles in it, you’ll have to use your imagination I’m afraid), and a bang bang chicken salad. The pho was made using a stocky broth with slices of boiled beef, noodles, beansprouts and some other bits n’ bobs, it was flavoursome and a good sized portion. The bang bang salad had heaps of sliced chicken, beansprouts, salad leaves, and carrots amongst other things with a tangy peanut dressing throughout. I could have pehaps done with a bit more dressing but I was quite happy adding some fish sauce to juice it up a bit, no problem whatsoever with the portion size.
Overall it was a good experience and we only spent about £10 each for 2 courses, opening times are 12pm – 4.30pm so remember not to head there in the evening like I did once. They also sell Phat Phuc t-shirts for £15, the literal translation is happy Buddha in case you were wondering. Well worth a visit.
Phat Phuc Noodle Bar, 151 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NT