I must say I was rather disappointed after much expectation from this place. The restaurant was tucked in the red light district of Soho not too far from the much superior Cay Tre on Dean Street. When we arrived the place was over staffed with at least 6 bar staffs and endless number of waiters/waitresses. I booked a table for 10 but the hostess was reluctant to show us there and asked are we sure that 10 people will turn up. We were offered a table for 8 instead. Bobby Chinn tried to give a different interpretation of Vietnamese food and failed miserably. Instead of making it better he made it worse. The proportions were ridiculously small. I finished each dish in two bites. The bill came to just over £140, service charge included, this is with the 50% discount on the food. If not we could have faced a bill for £280 for 6 people which is absolutely ridiculous. Sorry if I'm in the area again, I shall head for Cay Tre where you will find true authentic Vietnamese cuisines.
House of Ho
House of Ho
© Ming Tang-Evans
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 16 2013
Pimpin’ ain’t easy, reckoned Ice-T in 1987, but running a Ho House seems to be. This new Soho spot is proprietor Bobby Chinn’s third; his other two are, oddly, 6,000 miles away in Saigon and Hanoi. House of Ho is Vietnamese, sort of, although it’s very different from the Hackney noodle cafes with their arm-long menus. Many of Ho’s dishes are deconstructed, reconstructed or generally messed around with. There’s no reason why Vietnamese food shouldn’t get the modernist makeover treatment, but if the result leaves you asking ‘why?’ rather than ‘why not?’, it maybe hasn’t quite worked.
So, a salmon tartare was surrounded by little deposits of chopped pistachio and jicama (Mexican turnip), while grilled quail came with the constituent ingredients of a dipping sauce that had to be assembled by the diner. Why wasn’t apparent, although there was no shortage of staff on hand to explain how to do it or to ask how everything was. Lemongrass monkfish with caramel sauce came with generous chunks of fish but the liquid they swam in was Cadbury’s sweet, and a bowl of rice didn’t come at all until we asked for it twice.
House of Ho is a dim, sleek place, and its cocktails and lounge house music perhaps suggest it’s best suited to a night-time scene. But it’s not cheap: lunch with two drinks was £60, and for these prices, the dishes should be better.
Reviewed by Euan Ferguson
House of Ho 57-59 Old Compton Street