Okay, I admit it! I have the sense of humour of the average geeky-16 year old boy [but in my defence, so do most of my friends] so when I chose to visit the ‘House of Ho’, it was the name that initially attracted me but it was the menu that intrigued me.
Vietnamese Tapas? The opportunity to try lot of different options while enjoying a pretty decent cocktail list? Bring it on. Thus I found myself on Old Compton Street watching life wander by as I waited for my dining companion. House of Ho is decorated in the ubiquitous dark wood, non-fussy clean lines of many modern Asian restaurants but it does have touches of whimsy to remind you that this restaurant has a sense of humour.
We were seated in the window and following a chuckle at the intro to the menu got down to the serious business of choosing the food. At around 3 to 4 dishes each and from £5 a dish, it isn’t cheap but you only live once so we dove in.
First to arrive was the Morning Glory [again it made me snigger] with shallot oil and crispy garlic which was cooked to perfection with the crispy garlic adding a satisfying crunch to the experience. Then the dishes started to arrive thick and fast ..............
Hot crispy rolls with pork, mushrooms, cellophane noodles and herbs which are far better than spring rolls and much healthier [she devoutly hopes]. Smoked Chilli Glazed Chicken Wings which were glorious although [heathen] a little blue cheese dressing might have worked]
|With thanks to the Motleyspicer|
Seven Spiced Quail with Lime and Kumquat seasoning [tasty but a little too gamey for me], Crispy Vietnamese 5 spice marinated squid [lovely crunch but could perhaps have done with a little more 5 spice but I am an addict].
I pretty much lost count as each glorious Vietnamese dish flowed into another and then the Smoked Aubergine with warm scallion vinaigrette finished with scallions and crispy shallots arrived. It was lunch with a business contact and after one mouthful I seriously considered stabbing him with my fork [before demanding satisfaction] as he reached for it. I’m not sure ‘back off buddy’ is quite the right way to make friends and influence people.
|With thanks to Cocktails and Caroline|
To finish, we tried the glorious selection of tea on offer and then trotted back off into the hustle and bustle of SOHO. A little poorer but wiser in the understanding of Vietnamese Tapas!
Definitely worth a visit!
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