Restaurants & Bars

A few Asian places in London

limster | May 11, 2008 04:15 PM

• Hot Stuff, Vauxhall
Their chutneys are much better than normal, I especially liked the one with yogurt and smoky chilli. Great keema kofte - flavourful minced lamb in a very light and crispy batter shell. Good daal makhani, as buttery as expected, good texture in the lentils. A mixed vegetable was ok, slightly oily but not bad. Solid garlic coriander naan. See: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457798

• Misato, Chinatown
A popular place for cheap, generous and solid Japanese food. In the chicken katsu curry, there's very good deep frying on the chicken cutlets which are also moist and tender, the slightly lumpy curry sauce has a nice meaty undercurrent (though the curry itself probably from one of those standard Japanese pastes) and a side salad with a surprisingly pleasant sweet mayonnaise dressing. Lots of rice.

• Viet, Soho
Pretty good cha gio -- fresh pork spring rolls -- about as good as the ones on Kingsland road. I liked the tender grilled pork with a shade of lemongrass marinate in the bun thit nuong, although I would have preferred some crushed peanuts and more mint in the cooling vermicelli dish. Basic soy milk.

• Koba, Fitzrovia
The bindaetok, a pancake made of mung bean flour, minced pork and chopped vegetables is good but and fairly down-to-earth, with the right amount of crispiness on the surface. I liked the dol sot bibimap, a mix of rice with several varieties of vegetables and a raw egg yolk, served in a hot stone bowl for caramelisation. The spicy red bean sauce (gochujang) is very good. Comes with an orindary miso soup. A bit expensive, considering that the meat component has to be ordered separately and there are no complementary panchan (a multitude of side dishes like kimchi, which are de rigueur in nearly all the Korean places I've been to in the past.) The quality of the meats cooked by the neighbouring diners did look good, may go back for that in future.

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