Nov 12 2014

Smoking Goat

Smoking goat is the new restaurant everyone is talking about. It is a Thai Barbecue restaurant (they say it is in Soho, but it is really closer to Tottenham Court Road and Covent Garden). It opened mid-October and already was full when I went there and is getting more and more attention. The restaurant is owned by Ben Chapman, and the head chef is Seb Homes who comes from the very good Thai restaurant, the Begging Bowl in Peckham.   I came here on a Friday evening at around 6.30 and we could just get a table. However the trick is they don’t serve any food until 7pm, and until 7pm (from 3pm to 7pm) you can order drinks or 2 of their snacks - Oysters & Nam Jim (a green chilli Thai dipping sauce) and their Fish Sauce Wings (for £6). As we were hungry we ordered the Fish Sauce Wings... Continue reading
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Nov 11 2014


Ippudo is a Japanese ramen restaurant in London. Ippudo comes from Japan, where it first opened in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara (who apparently is called the Ramen King). Now Ippudo has over 80 restaurants in London and is also present in Australia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Taiwan and now in London, their first venture in Europe. Shigemi Kawahara has reinvented the Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork-based) ramen with its signature delicate, creamy broth, which you can get in Ippudo. Ippudo is located near Tottenham Court Road station and overlooks Kanada-Ya, another tonkotsu style ramen restaurant from Japan, so quite funny to be so close to your competitor, but they could not be more different. Whilst Kanada-Ya is very small and plain looking and you go... Continue reading
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