Category Archives: Soho

Bincho Yakitori: BBQ + booze can be such a winning combination

There are certain concepts that transcend cultures, like the idea of drinking while nibbling on small plates of savoury snacks. The idea being that you get hungry from the drinking, whilst the salt from the snacks makes you thirsty and … Continue reading

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Baozi Inn: the revolution continues

About 6 years ago, a little revolution in the Chinese food scene in London began with the opening of Bar Shu, introducing a new and fiery style of Sichuan cooking in a trendy setting to conquer the stranglehold on Chinese … Continue reading

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Zheng Zhong Lan Zhou La Mian Noodle Bar: Don’t judge a noodle bar by its terrible storefront

I love hand-pulled noodles (“la mian“).  I love their squidginess, and the hot sauces and tasty broths that accompany them.  I particularly love it when someone else makes them for me, having once tried in earnest and failed dismally (that … Continue reading

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La Bodega Negra: hip and hipper

MJo is a huge fan of Mexican, so huge that dangling the prospect of Mexican food for dinner is sometimes the only way I can entice him out of the flat. So I get super excited whenever a new Mexican … Continue reading

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Koya: Umami and high fashion

I love noodle soups. Actually I love soups, especially the Asian clear but umami-packed broths for which noodles provide the right foil, adding texture and flavor contrast. I heart soba, I heart ramen, but somehow I never had a thing … Continue reading

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Dumpling Legend: a twist on Dim Sum favourites

Sabby Mammy(an Irishman’s affectionate name for my mom) was in town recently and I had to find something that would pass her test.  Not easy.  If you have read about Tiger Moms, you will know it’s nearly impossible to win … Continue reading

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Spuntino: Achingly hip date night

I’d been hearing a lot about the bunch of new-ish hip Soho restaurants within the Polpo mini-empire.  The 45-60 min queue put me off trying them for the longest time, but I finally decided to bite the bullet last weekend. … Continue reading

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