Lunchtime on the King’s Road can be arduous: finding anything below a fiver is rare; an hour is a mission to power walk your way somewhere, order and gobble it up whilst giving yourself indigestion from power walking back; and there’s only so many Pret queues I can take in a week.

However tucked away in a small courtyard is my favourite go-to: Phat Phuc, a small Vietnamese noodle bar that serves up freshly prepared food right in front of you. Feeling miserable, feeling cold, feeling happy it’s Friday, or just the “I don’t fancy my home cooked lunch” today, this is our place.

Now, whilst there are four pho dishes to choose from on the menu, it’s the Prawn Laksa you have to try: a warming and comforting bowl of heat, fragrance, coconut and lemongrass, this is the dish, that many a home-cooked lunch or soup, has been usurped by. The prawns are a plump surprise and there’s enough noodles to help you slurp away.

The menu also includes Banh Cuon, summer rolls, Vietnamese Dim Sum, and a selection of Noodle salads. Starters are £4, whilst most dishes are under a tenner.

The website defines “Phat Phuc” as happy Buddha: that is definitely me on a midweek afternoon.

Phat Phuc | The Courtyard, 151 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6NT

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