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24 July 2014
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The House of Ho

020 3551 2822

55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HR

£42.00 Vietnamese Soho
  • Wine: £21.00
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-10.30pm (Thurs-Sat -11.30pm)

Square Meal Review of The House of Ho ?

New Zealand-born Bobby Chinn already has two successful restaurants in Vietnam and a book on Vietnamese food under his belt, so it’s easy to guess what his new Soho venture is all about. Despite a few shortcomings, House of Ho puts on a decent show when it comes to delivering well-rendered, generic South-East Asian cuisine for those who like their meals on the sugary side – preferably bookended with cringe-inducing cocktails and European puds. Crab and pomelo salad with vegetable noodles, mint, lemon oil and Vietnamese crackers (from the menu’s ‘light and raw’ section) was the best dish we ate, full of distinct and lively tastes. By contrast, shaking beef had good-quality meat but tame flavouring, and BBQ baby back ribs with Asian slaw were Ho-hum rather than humdinger. On the upside, the location guarantees an attractive young crowd and a buzzy vibe, while staff are sweet natured – if short on culinary knowledge.

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  1. The House of Ho

    55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HR
    Overall rating:
     
    Millie1

    can improve somewhat on service

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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 5
    • Value: 6

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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 to venture into Soho). It was my birthday day off so I had the luxury of the whole afternoon to while away in central London with my sister. The fact it took longer than the suggested time can probably be blamed on both parties – us girls were busy chatting and opening gifts...
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  2. 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 to venture into Soho). It was my birthday day off so I had the luxury of the whole afternoon to while away in central London with my sister. The fact it took longer than the suggested time can probably be blamed on both parties – us girls were busy chatting and opening gifts...
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  3. 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 looked better than they tasted. While there were interesting flavours in each of the drinks, their combination didn’t result in much more than a sweet aftertaste...
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  4. Published : Monday, 3rd 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 in caramel and lemongrass, and the execution of the mangosteen ceviche, served with half a coconut shell (coconut flesh included)...
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  5. Published : Monday, 27th 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 that were lost on the night. Other emotions also in the mix included confusion, awkwardness and the low-key resentment of having to scurry through a fire exit...
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Published : Thursday, 9th 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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  9. Published : Thursday, 9th 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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  10. 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... 
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  • Address: 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HR
  • Telephone: 020 3551 2822
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-10.30pm (Thurs-Sat -11.30pm)
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  •  One Dish Wonders Lunch Menu

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      Max: 6 people

      Starts: 29 May 2014

      Expires: 31 Aug 2014

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