Friday, 28 August 2015

Rock 'n' Roll brunch at The House of Ho, London

Yes this was actually brunch. Not an egg or slice of toast in sight, but the American approach to brunch which starts at noon accompanied by bubbles or cocktails is sweeping the capital by storm.

London has so many weekend bottomless brunch offers at the moment, with seemingly endless plates of food and unlimited drinks (yes, unlimited!), I just had to try one out with the girls.

The closest I'd previously got to this type of brunch was our bubbly brunch at Lima Floral which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago - a lovely restaurant near near Covent Garden, serving delicate plates of delicious Peruvian food, washed down with a couple of glasses of bubbly.

This style of dining is the epitome of a leisurely lunch (sorry, brunch!) and it is a refreshing change from the popular food trends in town at the moment where you have to queue up to eat the latest acclaimed BBQ ribs, only to be stuck at the tiniest table and rushed through your meal by the staff who want to turn around the table as quickly as possible.

Nope. Weekend brunch is all about the girly gossip, trying plates of a new cuisine and sipping on bubbles without being worried about the bill.

This Rock 'n' Roll brunch at the Vietnamese House of Ho in London's Soho provided so much food, we were full up by our first course, and the three of us almost got through three bottles of prosecco, as well as a lychee cocktail each, all for £29.

Be warned - this is definitely stretching the word 'breakfast' to breaking point, but I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon catching up with two of my favourite girls.

Food, gossip, bubbles - I'm sold.

What we ate:
Lychee Bellini with edamame and prawn crackers to nibble on.
Three sharing plates each - all deliciously paired with their own dips and beautifully presented. They consisted of:
Fresh summer rolls
Imperial Rolls
Mushroom Pho Cuon
Duck Pho Cuon
Chili glazed chicken wings (my favourite)
Stuffed tofu
Smokey aubergine (my second favourite)
7-spiced marinated squid
Chicken pomelo salad
It didn't stop there. Next onto the main course, served with jasmine rice and 
morning glory Vietnamese greens. We chose:
Lemongrass chicken in a fish caramel sauce
Vietnamese chicken curry
And the chef's special dessert was a lovely Vietnamese crème brulee. 
All with unlimited prosecco.

Needless to say, I had to be rolled out of there through the maze of Soho to the tube, followed by a long nap when I got home and definitely no dinner. 

Fresh summer rolls with a peanut dip for brunch

Imperial rolls from the Rock 'n' Roll House of Ho brunch

House of Ho's smokey aubergine

One of the many bottles of prosecco at the House of Ho brunch

Chili glazed chicken wings

Lemongrass chicken with jasmine rice and morning glory greens

Chef's special dessert

55-59 Old Compton Street, 
020 7287 0770