H.O.S.T. on Hope Street (see what they've done there) is an Asian fusion tapas place - a proposition that would normally strike the fear of God into me - run by the folk behind 60 Hope Street.
It's brimming with a trendy utilitarian vibe, and well meaning but somewhat dazed and confused (that you might want a plate, for example) young staff.
But the menu reads very promisingly and, on the whole, delivered on that promise for a pre-theatre fuelling.
Downsides first - the kicthen has an overly sweet tooth, which was evident in some spiced popcorn that tasted like Butterkist, kimchi which had none of the usual pungent rasp, and a tendency to put a caramel masterstock with everything. And squid was in a too-thick batter and had been over fried.
But a radish/pickled fennel/pomengranate salad was delish, as was the hot and sour beef salad (and very generous with the beef), duck gyoza, and chunks of belly pork in apple and miso. We also enjoyed salt and pepper chicken from the specials. So much so we ordered another ;)
If we had longer, then we would have tried the deep fried ham hock, the fresh summer rolls, and some of the bigger plates including the rendang and mussamun the next door table had.
Recommended. We're currently eating our way along the restaurant alley that is Hope Street, so more reports to follow. I also found myself on Bold Street (yep, I got lost) and saw the Korean place and the Lebanese street food. Anyone been?