London is undeniably one of the world’s best dining destinations. Soho and the West End not only have a great range of restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving but also are often hot beds for the exciting and innovative concepts that take the market by force. The area is a dynamic cross-section of the trends yet to hit the general arena and the proven. Whether you feel like dining at an authentic British restaurant, trying genuine Chinese specialities or are in the mood for traditional Spanish tapas- in this one area, your taste buds can be satiated by flavours from across the world. – See more at: http://www.epmagazine.co.uk/food-tour-events/soho-food-tours/#sthash.fFoQqLRT.dpuf
First Stop Ethos the new vegetarian restaurant with spectacular displays of salads and fresh vegetables. After an introduction to the shop and their mission the chefs were given a taster of dishes on the menu. Mixed reviews for the veggies ribs made from Seitan a vegetarian wheat meat.
Next stop was Inamo.
inamo is a pioneering Oriental fusion restaurant and bar where the control of the dining experience is placed firmly in your hands. Our mission is to provide delicious cuisine with charming and timely service in a warm and vibrant atmosphere
At the core of Inamo is our interactive ordering system. Diners place orders from an illustrated food and drinks menu projected on to their table surface. You’ll set the mood, discover the local neighbourhood, and even order a taxi home. Our dedicated and friendly staffs are always on hand to help with whatever you need.
Mixed views on this concept as most of us find it annoying out with people constantly on their phones let alone having the ability to play games on the table.
The next stop was more to our taste and a shame that David P missed this one as the shop is called Enrique Tomas, a shop of Jamon in various stages of aging and sizes. The guys talked us through the process of rearing the pigs while passing us samples of all the meats they supply.
London’s first temakeria, Yoobi, takes inspiration from Brazil and pushes the sushi experience. The Maki like rolls served by Yoobi received various comments from, “Mediterranean wrap in nori” to “too much rice for me” and a “urgh” from Andy. Extremely filling and with a variety of flavours I can imagine this central Soho eatery is bursting at the seams each lunch time.
The next 4 stops were thank goodness just “drive-bys” with a brief explanation as to the history and concept of the businesses. These included, Soupe de Jour only serving soup then Comptoir Libanais. Comptoir Libanais means ‘Lebanese counter’ and that’s exactly what it is: somewhere you can eat casually, with no fuss. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort, style or authenticity of food just because the dining is casual.” There is no kitchen to this eatery but you can while eating purchase silver tea pots as well as hand-woven bags, tunics and room fragrance.
After The Detox Kitchen and Pizza Pilgrims both of which started life as “pop-ups” before becoming so successful they were able to take on premises we finished the tour in Senor Ceviche. Señor Ceviche is a Peruvian casa full of food, fun and cocktails. Based on the colonial and bohemian district of Lima, Barranco, Señor has brought a little slice of downtown Lima back to busy Soho.
Starting with a pisco. The Peruvian Pisco Sour uses Peruvian pisco as the base liquor and adds Key lime (or lemon) juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters. Most of then choose the tamarind bbq chicken skewers with patatas fritas.
This is a great tour and very imformative with hidden gems in and around Soho. Thanks to the team at EP Business in Hospitality. The chefs thoroughly enjoyed themselves.