As my quest to find Fitzrovia’s Favourites continues, I was delighted to find the rebranded House of Ho situated where Percy and Charlotte Street meet. The new flagship restaurant for Vietnamese cuisine, opened in December 2015 attracting plenty of critics to the four storey townhouse where head chef, Ian Pengelly, brings contemporary flavours to authentic plates.
The pan-Asian menu offers starters, small dishes, rolls & salads, dumplings, signature dishes, sides and happy endings (aka desserts). We kicked things off by ordered still and sparkling water, Vietnamese crackers & fresh salsa and Edamame with chilli garlic.To follow we tucked into a small bowl of Crispy baby squid flavoured with chilli and sea salt – it was simple but exquisite. I was blown away by the smokiness of the Jasmine smoked chilli glazed ribs – I struggled to control my manners by taking more than my fair share of tender meat as it fell off the bone. My dining partner went for the Beef Pho from The House of Ho lunch menu. The traditional Vietnamese noodle soup was served with all the trimmings you’d expect. Special rice noodles swam in the homemade broth topped with beef, beansprouts, fresh mixed herbs, chopped chillies and spring onions to garnish. My other dining partner and I both opted for signature dishes with a side of House Of Ho Special Fried Rice – which by the way, was no ordinary special fried rice, it had real bits of meat in and juicy prawns!
The Black Angus Shaking Beef (220g) also known as Bò lúc lắc is a dish made up of cubed beef, sautéed with cucumber, tomatoes, onion, pepper, and soy sauce – a French-inspired Vietnamese cuisine. One of the chef’s signature offerings at The House of Ho, this moreish dish features juicy seared beef beautifully offset against soy and chilli dipping sauces. The Panfried Smoked Organic Duck Breast with Orange Miso and Young Vegetables was also pretty darn magical. The duck was pink and juicy and the orange miso added warmth to the dish without overpowering it. The plate was dusted with what tasted like ash – a very unique addition to an otherwise classic pan-Asian dish.
Located in the trendy area of Fitzrovia, why not pop to The House of Ho for a date night or a special occasion? It has a beautiful interior, great service and well planned menu. What ever you do, don’t miss out on ordering a portion of those Jasmine smoked chilli glazed ribs!
ADDRESS: 1 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DW
OPENING HOURS: 12 – 11pm 7 days a week
CONTACT: 020 7323 9130