Restaurant Spy: House of Ho
If you think the London restaurant scene is slowing down for Christmas then think again dear friends. In fact you might have to undo another notch on that belt or buy an extra-large festive jumper so you can fit in another opening next month.
Our moles can reveal that Old London Town is playing host to The House of Ho from Bobby Chinn. This brand new restaurant is all ready to go on the 6th of January 2014.
Why not sneak in one more glug of sherry with that mince pie and head on down to Old Compton Street in the heart of Soho to get your eat on.
Born in New Zealand, Chinn has lived in numerous countries already from the USA to Vietnam. Chinn actually achieved a bachelor degree in finance and economics during his stay in the United States and was even a financer for a short period of time on Wall Street.
In 1996, he then set up Restaurant Bobby Chinn and his television credits have included appearances on the Beeb’s Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 hosted by Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy.
Modern Vietnamese is definitely the order of the day here with plenty of inspiration taken from Chinn’s experience in the Far East. Stretched over two decades, this has seen him work in a host of kitchens across the likes of not only Hanoi but Saigon.
In addition, the Vietnamese cookery on display will no doubt enthral plenty of diners with a melange of both of authentic as well as adventurous grub. So what’s cooking over at the House of Ho?
You can chow down on signature dishes such as Smokey aubergine and crispy shallots served with a warm scallion vinaigrette not to mention a delicate apple-smoked pork belly, shredded confit duck banana blossom salad and an intriguing seafood ceviche for all those nautical fans.
Other culinary highlights include “Shaking Beef” and an oozy molton, arou chocolate cake. There is also an extensive wine selection which takes in a wealth of countries with around 60 bins to choose from.
Watch out for the range of sakes available, whilst you are sure to be stirred into a frenzy with the impressive cocktail list. Signature drinks feature the ‘Ho’rny Devil incorporating lemongrass vodka, Vietnamese Devil’s Chilli and fresh coconut for a taste of paradise.
This 90 seater joint is raring to go for the New Year with a 10 metre bar and oak wooden flooring to boot. It may be stormy and wet outside but you can always warm up at the delightful House of Ho.
Chinn up it could be worse!
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