The festive season is in full swing and Santa has treated us early with the opening of the flagship branch of House of Ho on Percy Street. They have chosen their location well, as they are among a host of incredible restaurants; a network of streets that foodies flood to for a range of diverse cuisines and settings. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Roka, Bobo Social and the Charlotte Street Hotel can surely do no harm.
The restaurant itself is contained within a charming building set over two floors, with original Georgian features and decor that is clean, simple, and elegant. The staff are welcoming and seat us at a window table on arrival. After the looking through the menu of delicious Vietnamese dishes we decide to let the chef choose for us which as we discovered would be a wise choice.
We started with some warm edamame, flavoured with chilli which is always a firm favourite. The next dish was the jasmine smoked chilli-glazed ribs. Now I wouldn’t normally order ribs but this is the joy of having the chef choose for you, you step outside your usual ordering habits and are more often than not pleasantly surprised. The ribs were delicious – the sweet smokiness gave them an intense flavour and the meat was incredibly tender. Black Angus filet came wrapped in betel leaves served with a richly spiced sauce and this was swiftly followed by a delicious duck and watermelon salad, peppered with cashews and generously decorated with coriander. All the meat served was of brilliant quality and was intensely spiced in true Vietnamese style. The shaking beef, which is a classic Vietnamese favourite, arrived with Asian greens and fried rice along with the final main dish of lemongrass chicken which was crispy with a caramel glaze.
For dessert we shared a green tea fondant which had all the right elements. The oozy middle was warm and sweet, served alongside vanilla ice cream and garnished with berries. It was so lovely and comforting, perfectly rounding off the mid-week meal.
We had enjoyed a feast of epic proportions, in the classic Asian sharing style which I like so much. It’s sociable and brings people together to celebrate a shared love of food.
Vietnamese food has had a real moment in London recently but proving it’s not a fleeting fad, the a house of Ho has just verified why Londoners love it so much. Beautiful spice blends and inventive cooking methods, produce stunning dishes which we just can’t get enough of. It’s replaced the classic Chinese meal with a cuisine and experience that is refined and memorable.
The house of Ho have chosen a beautiful space in a great location and turned it into a place where friends and family can come together and enjoy a delicious Asian feast. It’s the missing link in Fitzrovia and they have successfully filled a Vietnamese-shaped gap in the area. I’d definitely return to try the many other tempting dishes on the menu and enjoy another one of those delicious fondants.