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10 independent Vietnamese restaurants in Manchester

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From steaming bowls of authentic pho to summer rolls, crispy lotus root and bánh mì baguettes you’ll find all facets of Vietnamese cuisine in Manchester.

Head down to Oldham Road on the outskirts of hipster paradise, Ancoats and you’ll find a handful of great family-run Vietnamese cafes like Ca Phe Viet and Vnam serving sweet coffee and fragrant soups. or venture into Chinatown where Pho Cue and I Am Pho have set up shop serving “simple honest Vietnamese food”. Here you’ll find starters like lemongrass and chilli fried frogs legs and banh cuon rice rolls amongst the more recognisable national dish of pho.

  • Ca Phe Viet in Ancoats, Manchester specialises in Vietnamese coffee and banh mi.
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    Ca Phe Viet

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Serving up Vietnamese coffee in the traditional and modern way, freshly filled banh mi baguettes plus bowls of aromatic and hearty pho soup, Ca Phe Viet is an independent cafe on the edge of Ancoats, and Manchester’s very first specialist Vietnamese coffee shop.

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  • Inside I Am Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown.
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    I Am Pho

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Named after Vietnam’s most well-known export (pre-fabricated buildings aside), this family-run place in the heart of Chinatown looks more cafe than restaurant, but the “simple honest Vietnamese food” dished out is as tasty as it is popular, and as authentic as it is addictive.

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  • Noodle soup from Mi & Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.
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    Mi & Pho

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    You don’t have to fly halfway round the world to taste the authentic fresh flavours and healthy style of Vietnamese cuisine – you can visit Mi & Pho at Escape To Freight Island, or hop on the number 43 and head to their original set-up, in south Manchester’s Northenden.

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  • Inside NAM, the Vietnamese restaurant and bar on Cutting Room Square in Ancoats.
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    NAM

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Another neighbourhood favourite in the now achingly hip Cutting Room Square. NAM’s light and airy space with its natural parquet floors and glossy white brick bar echoes the light and healthy Vietnamese cuisine on the menu.

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    Namii Kitchen & Cocktails

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    It’s got neon, it’s got pastels, it’s got faux foliage, it’s got innovative cocktails and it’s got Pan Asian cuisine with a definite lean Vietnam-wards. It calls itself “authentically modern”, but faithful to the Vietnamese way of life, it recommends ordering food for the table, tapas style.

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  • An example of the dishes at Pho Cue restaurant in Manchester China Town
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    Pho Cue

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    “The food speaks for itself,” says Cue Tran, owner of the Pho Cue Vietnamese kitchen, whose aim is to take the authentic street food dishes of his home country and give them a modern “Instagrammable” twist while retaining their flavour, freshness and family traditions.

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  • Vietnamese food from Viet Guy, a family-run Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.
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    Viet Guy Northenden

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Fans of Vietnamese food are advised to travel to Northenden to check out local favourite Viet Guy. This family-run independent is proof that you don’t need a city centre patch and a big marketing budget to create a buzz about your restaurant. Fantastic food, fair prices, and consistency work just as well. 

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  • Homemade coconut curry at Vietnamese Potbellied - a street food restaurant and bar in Chorlton, Manchester.
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    Vietnamese Potbellied

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Potbellied is from the same family that ran Pho Bowl – the dinky restaurant that used to inhabit this central Chorlton spot on Barlow Moor Road. 

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  • A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant
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    Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Nelson Lam and Leo Tran’s Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly gained a reputation for its dazzling lunch dishes at bargain prices.

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  • Summer rolls served at Vnam - a Vietnamese restaurant in Ancoats, Manchester.
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    Vnam

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    Ancoats is fast becoming the go-to place in Manchester to get your authentic Vietnamese food fix, with various purveyors of pho, traditional coffee and other specialities of Vietnam – but popular Vnam is one of the pioneers, having set up shop on Oldham Street back in 2010.

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