dinner last night at laoma, on kings cross road just a few minutes from euston road. a family operation, with daughters on the floor and parents in the kitchen. the menu on the boards above the till advertise barbecued chicken and chips, but there is a chinese menu available (unfortunately only in traditional chinese). what we had was surprisingly good in a homestyle sort of way.
回锅肉 (twice-cooked pork): great flavour, though possibly over-sauced and an insufficiently hot wok.
四喜丸子 (a variety of quite enormous primarily pork meatball): light and springy texture, a little crunch from chopped cabbage (maybe).
麻辣香锅 (spiced hotpot): remarkably good, great balance of flavours and textures (prawns, squid, bamboo shoots, cabbage), very fresh—and not a massive slick of chili oil.
香菇油菜 (blanched bok choy with mushrooms): slightly mediocre.
lots more to explore on the menu for those who can read it. stir fried potato shreds at the table next to us looked great, for instance.
a word to the wise: the main dishes range from £12-26 (for king prawn dishes) but the portions are generous to a fault. three people with healthy appetites did not come close to finishing the four dishes we ordered. with hindsight, two dishes would have been a sufficiency.