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The House of Ho

contemporary Vietnamese cuisine

The House of Ho

57-59 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 6HP
Phone:
+44 20 7287 0770
Mon-Wed 12:00–16:00, 17:00–22:30
Thur-Sat 12:00–16:00, 17:00–23:30
Sun 12:00–22:30
20£–30£
www.houseofho.co.uk

Celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, famous for his popular TV show "World Cafe Asia," makes his long-awaited London debut with the opening of "House of Ho." Chinn, who is half-Chinese and half-Egyptian and hails from England and San Francisco, spent 17 years perfecting his signature style of Vietnamese cuisine  at hit restaurants in Hanoi and Saigon restaurants. He's chosen an outstanding location for his new project — Soho, not Deptford or Hampstead, which are chock-full with Vietnamese joints. House of Ho's simple interior, with subdued lighting and modern art, creates a relaxed atmosphere perfect for conversation and savoring the food.

The Menu is divided into three sections: Light & Raw; Hot & Grilled; and Ho's Dishes. There are 5-6 dishes in every section, meaning you'll have to come more than once to try everything. The presentation deserves special attention: The seafood ceviche with mangosteen, for example, is served in a coconut shell.

We recommend: To start, try the rice noodle rolls with duck, or the seafood ceviche. The main courses are fairly small, so after spicy grilled chicken wings, you'll probably still have room for lemongrass monkfish with a fish caramel sauce. The cocktail menu shows a delicious sense of humor: Ho'rny Devil, The Rum Yum Dragon, and the Hanoi Martini are absolute favorites. Cap off the meal with gluten-free Corn Che or lemon-scented crème brûlée for desert.

Atmosphere: relaxed

Cuisine: contemporary Vietnamese

The crowd: lovers of inventive cuisine, gourmands, creative minds, fashion magazine editors, designers, Soho locals.

Key info: It's the only place in London that serves a Hanoi Martini with real Vietnamese chocolate.

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