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With two successful restaurants in Vietnam and a book on Vietnamese cookery under his belt, New Zealand-born chef Bobby Chinn has set his sights on Soho. Close tables, low lighting and upbeat music ensure the shabby chic space is abuzz most nights, while an intricate menu of internationally-influenced Vietnamese small plates is similarly cosmopolitan. High points are very high indeed: a tender and peppery-spiced shaking beef shows off excellent quality meat, a slab of lightly apple-smoked pork belly is seductively moist, and a pomelo salad with fresh mint and roasted peanuts is a lesson in vibrancy. Other dishes fail to reach the brightly-flavoured high notes, but make solid support acts in a meal as far removed from the pho-filled joints of Kingsland Road as you can get. Showy plates, sound service,  a diverse wine list and some creative Asian-influenced cocktails are all testament to this. Chinn, it seems, is on to another winner.

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  1. Published : Monday, 3 February 2014

    Mitziesbubble :: 2014: Warp speed ahead

    Last but not by any means least, this latest venture by international chef (and comedian too it seems) Bobby Chin opened its doors to Londoners with a soft launch in December. With a limited menu and 50% off the bill (way to go!) hubby and I hotfooted it down to see what all the fuss was about.

    Although the set up looks less authentic Vietnamese and more like it’s been freshly delivered from IKEA that day, the food was in part sincere to its homeland. Though foodie bloggers and critics opinions on this seem to vary greatly. For me though, there were certainly elements of authenticity in the sticky sweet monkfish...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    Kavey Eats :: Bobby Chinn’s The House of Ho

    I wasn’t expecting an invitation to The House of Ho. I got into a friendly argument with Bobby Chinn you see…

    I was a guest in the audience for a panel discussion about the Future of London’s Dining Scene hosted by Land Securities, a property development company behind the new Nova complex in Victoria. Nicholas Lander (former restaurateur and FT restaurant correspondent) chaired the discussion, with input from Henry Dimbleby (founder of Leon), Kate Spicer (journalist), Martin Morales (restaurateur, founder of Ceviche) and Bobby Chinn (restaurateur, founder of The House of Ho).

    In reality, there was...
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  1. The decor is all polished concrete, grey painted walls, blonde wood slats and granite – a la Hakkasan. The soundtrack plays Bowie, the Stones and some vintage Michael Jackson. Nice. Margeaux broke the ice by explaining that while her name is spelled the French way she is actually from LA. I thanked her for the insight into her heritage. We relaxed with cocktails while anticipating the main event; a ‘Ho’rny Devil (Lemongrass vodka, chilli, fresh coconut), a ‘Ho’groni (Campari, gin, bitters), and a Rum Yum Dragon (rum, berries, pomello, passionfruit). As is the case with most things in a whore house, the cocktails...
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  1. London Lifestyle Blog visited Old Compton Street in Soho which has acquired an excellent new Vietnamese restaurant. Bobby Chinn, a New Zealand-born restaurateur and television host has recently opened House of Ho which has been greeted with much enthusiasm by London's eaters. Whilst one might wonder what inspired his choice of name, is it really just because it is in Soho, or is there another naughtier double entendre there, the food is a delight...
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  1. The vast majority of Vietnamese restaurants in London have very traditional menus and tend to be clustered together in Hoxton and Deptford, with smaller concentrations in other places such as Hammersmith. Soho’s House of Ho is a very different affair. The exposed brick walls, moody lighting and odd contemporary art are a world away from the typical chintz of Kingsland Road. Not only are the waiting staff friendly and gracious, but the menu is striking too. There isn’t any pho, banh mi or bun cha here, but more modern, inventive dishes that you won’t find anywhere else...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 9 January 2014

    Saying it straight :: The House of Ho. Ho ho, so so .

    House of Ho. In Soho. Ho ho ho. Even the taxi driver laughed.

    This is the brainchild of Bobby Chinn, restaurateur, who already has two restaurants in Vietnam. According to his website, Bobby’s restaurant mixes French technique, Californian sensibility, a pinch of Middle Eastern spices and a touch of South East Asia’s flavours. It says that The House of Ho will be “fun, informal, sexy and moderately priced, showcasing a resolutely Vietnamese menu and some dishes with a “Bobby” twist.”...
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  1. Before I visited The House of Ho I read a review on 60secondreviews.com which summed up this Vietnamese restaurant as ‘something different. some of it excellent, some of it pricey, some of it… odd.’ The accompanying video review goes into more depth. Although baffling at the time, that short description was pretty bang on, it is odd, but good odd. We were there to try the One Dish Wonders, designed for lunchtime with the intention of getting you in and out in twenty minutes.

    However, we were in the restaurant for an hour, luckily this wasn’t a work lunch break (we work too all the way over in SE1, too far...
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  1. Before I visited The House of Ho I read a review on 60secondreviews.com which summed up this Vietnamese restaurant as ‘something different. some of it excellent, some of it pricey, some of it… odd.’ The accompanying video review goes into more depth. Although baffling at the time, that short description was pretty bang on, it is odd, but good odd. We were there to try the One Dish Wonders, designed for lunchtime with the intention of getting you in and out in twenty minutes.

    However, we were in the restaurant for an hour, luckily this wasn’t a work lunch break (we work too all the way over in SE1, too far...
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  1. Published : Monday, 27 January 2014

    Over the Hype :: House of Ho

    The next restaurant’s opening received mixed reviews on Yelp and without any definitive must-goes or must-avoid recommendations, I thought I’d drag M along to try our luck at getting into the always fully booked impenetrable House of Ho. Surprisingly we managed to secure a table for an hour and a half. No problem, we get in we get out…or so we thought.

    For the hour and a half that followed, no one could save the melee of waiter vs plates, waiter vs customers that took place on the restaurant floor. Whatever was happening over there, I’d like to have a moment of silence for the beloved knives, plates and face...
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  1. Published : Thursday, 9 January 2014

    The Food Judge :: The House of Ho. Ho ho, so so .

    House of Ho. In Soho. Ho ho ho. Even the taxi driver laughed.

    This is the brainchild of Bobby Chinn, restaurateur, who already has two restaurants in Vietnam. According to his website, Bobby’s restaurant mixes French technique, Californian sensibility, a pinch of Middle Eastern spices and a touch of South East Asia’s flavours. It says that The House of Ho will be “fun, informal, sexy and moderately priced, showcasing a resolutely Vietnamese menu and some dishes with a “Bobby” twist.”...
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  1. A bit of a late post - been busy with the parents who have arrived from Malaysia!I made an early dinner booking last Wednesday at the recently opened House of Ho - a modern Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Soho, from New Zealand-born chef and TV personality Bobby Chinn.We ordered a selection of small dishes to share, as well as some bowls of rice - because I know how much dad loves his rice... | Lemongrass Monkfish with a Fish Caramel Sauce | Delicate pieces of meaty white fish enhanced by the lovely sweetness of the sauce. | Apple-Smoked Pork Belly, Braised Cabbage, Egg |Pork belly is one of my favourite must-have...
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  • Address: 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HR
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