Welcome to London Bobby Chinn and House of Ho.
Bobby has opened his first restaurant in London and this vietnamese inspired venue is all about sharing the flavours of Asia.
I actually made a mistake here and thought I was booking bone daddies, which is around the corner in Soho. That was fully booked so we went to House of Ho and I was quietly confident it would be good.
I am a big fan of Vietnamese food, the fresh exotic flavours take it beyond your normal chinese dishes and tickle all your taste buds. The small dishes are there to be shared and therefore you get to sample many delights. Unfortunately the delights here were limited.
To start with we went for the Noodle rolls, which we had with beef (above) and a separate one with Prawns (below). The beef was quite tasty and the dipping sauce with it added much needed flavour. The prawns on the other hand were very bland and lacking in flavour. The peanut dip didn't add much too it and the amount of prawn in each roll was minimal to say the least.
The service was quite slow which was surpising, especially as the restaurant wasn't busy. I think this was a sign of the popularity of the place. Bone Daddies round the corner was packed, here not so much.
By the time we received our Squab we were very hungry. We ordered this for two reasons. One, we didn't know what else to order and we were intrigued by the name. Two, it came with a medicinal broth. The description wasn't appealing at all, but it was a challenge we had to face.
Squab = young domestic pigeon.
The portion size was very small again and it didn't leave me with a great feeling. If you lack in quantity you expect quality. This did not happen and the broth didn't seem to be a vital component to the dish either.
The best dish thankfully was saved until last, which left me feeling that this wasn't such a bad visit. The pork was very tasty and cooked well, although my friend thought it was a bit sickly and sweet.
Unfortunate I wasn't overly impressed with The House of Ho and judging by its sparse crowd I don't think too many others are either. I think the menu could be added to as the food doesn't seem to appealing in first glance. My advice from this trip is to book in advance at the place you initially wanted to go too.
One Liner: not my favourite and lacks the class and freshness of other Vietnamese places in London.
Address: Old Compton Road, Soho, London