Address: 19 Nguyễn Quang Bích Street, Hoàn Kiếm District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hour: 8am - 11pm
Telephone: 098 9555 522
Amid all the famous phở gà (chicken pho), phở gà (beef pho), phở cuốn (rolled pho), phở chiên phồng (inflated fried pho), phở xào (stir-fried phở) and phở chiên giòn (crispy fried pho), cocktail pho is that weird creature that could never fail in sweeping out the chambers of your heart. It is the impressive brainchild of Phạm Tiến Tiếp, the skillful and passionate bartender who won the Diageo reserve world class of Vietnam in 2012. If you are fond of watching how he creates this cocktail, just simply type Phở cocktail on Youtube and see amazing videos taking the platform by storm. The secret ingredients behind his signature cocktail is the eclectic mixture of pho's abundant spices: star anise, cinnamon, cao guo, coriander, chili, ..., using a special flaming system to create the flavour similar to the normal pho we usually have.
While my friend ordered this extraordinaire and nearly had finished by the time I came, another friend of mine and I chose the other two exclusive cocktails in Mojito Bar (average price for cocktail here is about 100,000 dong/glass): Cocktail nước mắm (Fish sauce cocktail) and Cocktail riềng (Galangal cocktail). Fish sauce cocktail has a resounding burst of flavours balancing between lemongrass, ginger, chili, lime leaves, egg white and the important fish sauce, which reminds most people of nước chấm ốc (snail dipping sauce). There are some more cocktails that we yet need to try soon, but we have to say if you need something exciting among all the ordinaries, be sure to check out this place full of friendly bartenders (one even gave us a full glass of cocktail for free), good chilling music and nice atmosphere. The cocktails' flavour might not be giving you a lot of wah and woh, but the creativity behind them will surely give you goosebumps.