House of Ho is a new modern Vietnamese restaurant opened by chef Bobby Chin in the middle of Soho. (he has two other restaurants in Vietnam). The restaurant is relaxed and chic with dim lights, wooden flooring and tables for two. There are two large windows with tables looking out on to the main fare – and that’s where we were sitting!
We were advised that the whole menu is about small sharing plates and divided into Light & Raw, Hot & Grilled, Ho’s Dishes, Sides and Dessert. We were recommended to order 5 dishes between two to get a good selection.
- Pickled Vegetable Rolls, Herbs and Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce – tasty crunchy fresh summer rolls
- Stuffed Tofu with a Mushroom Medley, Cellophane Noodles in Tomato Sauce – a pretty dish. The tofu was shaped into a box, complete with a tiny tofu lid, and noodles and mushrooms were neatly tucked inside sitting on a pool of chilli-tomato sauce.
- Smokey Aubergine, Warm Scallion Vinaigrette with Scallions & Crispy Shallots – long strips of peeled roasted aubergines garnished with shredded spring onions and crispy shallots, it was similar in taste to baba ganoush. Really tasty – loved the smoky effect.
- Apple-smoked Pork Belly, Braised Cabbage, Egg – my friend ordered this so not sure about the flavours but she said it did taste good.
- Wok-Tossed Morning Glory as a side dish – this was lots of green and delicious.
For dessert we tried the Lemon-Scented Cème Brûlée. It was a small portion, but just enough after the main food. It was not heavy at all and had the perfect consistency, not too rich or lemony.
All the dishes were tasty with lots of flavours and tastes from sweet to smoky. I’d definitely be back here either with Neil or friends – it’s a great dinner place with food full of tasty flavours.