Hungry while shopping at Orchard Road? After the makeover of The Centrepoint couple of years ago, the basement area has been developed into an f & b hub. There is a warren of little restaurants in the basement of Centrepoint Orchard. We passed by some of them when taking the underpass to cross Orchard Road from Centrepoint to Orchard Central. It has been some time since we had Vietnamese noodles and so decided to try some at Pho Street Centrepoint.
Vietnam ranks fifth in the Happy Planet Index results, and second in the Asia Pacific region, according to the UK-based think tank New Economics Foundation. If happiness and food are really highly connected, we can understand why Vietnam ranks so highly in the Happy Planet Index.
On a short trip to Ho Chi Minh City recently, we visited so many different restaurants and cafes. Some were Vietnamese fine dining places, some noodles shops, cafes and food courts. The arrange and quality of food available certainly made us very happy. We were fortunate to have local hosts to bring us around but it meant that sometimes we did not really know where we were and sometimes we did not know the costs of the meal. What we have are photos of the restaurants, cafes and other eateries for memories.
It can be mistaken for an Ikea showroom on the spruced up 3rd level of Parkway Parade but it is actually a new outlet of So Pho Vietnamese Cafe. It has light wood furniture and display helves, lantern lamps and many other items that looked very much like what we might have seen in Ikea. It does not look like a place serving Vietnamese food but it has a fairly extensive menu covering Vietnamese rolls, rice and noodles dishes, beef, chicken, hot pot and, of course, Vietnamese pho. Continue reading →