The name might raise a mischievous eyebrow given it’s location in London’s entertainment (ahem) district, but The House of Ho is a respectable establishment – the latest culinary venture from chef Bobby Chinn. The Ho in question here is Ho Chi Minh, and the menu is modern Vietnamese, drawing from Bobby’s time living and working in Hanoi and down south in Saigon.
Although The House of Ho has a pretty big frontage for the area, it radiates mystery. Midnight blue boards and a false doorway obscure some of the action from the passer-by, promising a taste of the exotic once inside. Natural materials such as bamboo tables and oak flooring offset the concrete walls, artfully chiselled away to “reveal” a long forgotten mural underneath. Bobby is serving up the best bits of northern and southern Vietnamese cuisine, such as rice noodle spring rolls with duck, and there are some puntastic cocktails to go with it – try the Ho’rny Devil with a kick of chilli.