A couple of weeks back, had the opportunity to run some errands before having to fly up north for work. Seeing I’m in the Soho area, thought I pop by Shoryu to check out their tonkotsu ramen.
Shoryu is the sister ramen bar of the Japan Centre which recently relocated to Piccadilly Circus, just round the corner from the Shoryu on Denman Street. In fact, after having my ramen, I pop by Japan Centre to check things out and was very impressed by their range of sushi available for takeaway. Dragged the Boom the very same week to grab some for dinner. That pig out is a story for another day 🙂
I was very tempted to crush some garlic onto my ramen but got lazy as the entire bulb is still intact. Didn’t want to stink up my fellow passenger on the flight.
Apart from ramen, Shoryu offers various other items from yakitori, yakimono, sushi, sashimi and a huge selection of sides and drinks. Was torn between the singature Shoryu Ganso or the Piri Piri Tonkotsu but ultimately settled on the spicy option.
Overall, I was not really impressed by this ramen. The broth though creamy is not as rich and porky as I would like it to be. The noodles had a good bite initially but turned soft when I got to the bottom of the bowl. I could not discern much Piri Piri apart from the few slices of jalapeno peppers garnish. Being not a big fan of ginger in general, I should have pushed aside the generous sprinkling of pickled ginger as crunching on slivers of piquant ginger with every noodle bite was rather jarring.
An average and forgettable bowl at £11.90, perhaps I should give it another try before I pass the final verdict.
3 Denman Street
London W1D 7HA
* They don’t do reservations, walk-ins only
Sometime last year, the Boom came across the limited edition Hot DogStuffed Crust pizza from Pizza Hut. With hype from media stating that it is available in the UK but not in the States, the Boom insisted on trying it. So we braved the pizza delivery but alas, it was not to be. The order came without the hot dog stuffing… we were devastated.
Fast forward to last week when I riffled through the regular weekly junk mail filled with takeaway menus, discount vouchers and found something from Domino’s Pizza. Guess what? Domino’s are having their own version of Hot Dog Stuffed Crust pizza! Determined to have my satisfy my unrequited soiree with the Pizza Hut version, made a date with Boom to give Domino’s version a try on the weekend.
Apart from deciding which flavour of pizza to have, the next trickiest thing is to decide which deal gives you the most worth. After some tedious mental acrobatics, figured out that the £10 off orders over £25 if ordered online is the best deal.
We decided on a half and half pizza of The Sizzler and Deluxe which was £17.99 + £2.50 for the hot dog and mustard stuffed crust and 7 Frank’s Hot Wings for £4.75. Total came up to £25.24 before the £10 discount. I never order pizza takeaway or have a sit down pizza without some form of discount on hand. The discounts are so readily available that it is a sin not to use them!
So was the Hot Dog Stuffed Crust all it was hyped up to be? Well, it is a pizza with a frankfurter stuffed in it’s crust. It was not unpleasant but nothing great as well. The hot dog casing could have more bite and we detected only a slight hint of mustard. Would I have it again now that my curiosity has been satisfied? Nah!
The weather is still cold as we speak and the forecast looks to be staying cold till end of March! Looks like spring will be awhile yet. Have not been feeling great digestion wise so decided to have a salad today. Took a walk to Bankside and visited Tsuru’s neighbour for lunch.
Tossed is one of those salad places where you can either get a house menu salad or mix and match your own concoction on the spot. Identical in concept to Chop’d which I have blogged about before. Apart from salads, they also have stews and what they call tossed pots which are various toppings on brown rice. Places like these can be bewildering while you decide which salad component goes well together so the house menu option is always a good bet. Posters around the joint stated that their Chipotle Chicken salad is a best seller so hedged for that to give my brain cells a breather.
For the salads, you have a choice of medium or large or for it to be served as a wrap. I went with a large and it cost £5.95. There are quite a few other house menu options, some costing as little as £3.95. You place your order at the counter, pay then proceed to the collection counter where they assemble your order. Was wondering why my receipt has the name Jordan on it. Only figured out that each order is assigned a celebrity’s name when I overheard Justin Bieber and David Hasselhof summoned before mine. Ironic since I’m not really a breast person.
There is also a fridge area where you can pickup pre made items if you are in a rush. Did not managed to explore that section much as my order was ready in a jiffy.
Was not expecting much from my order by the looks of it but this is a standard case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I thoroughly enjoyed the concoction! The crunch of the tortilla chips and lettuce leaves, the creamy avocado, mixed beans and tender chicken breast, the tangy salsa and ranch dressing to the heat of the jalapeno peppers all complimented each other exceedingly well. A word of caution though, they were quite liberal with the jalapeno so for those who can’t stand the heat, do ask to go without.
I will definitely be back to try the rest of the stuff on Tossed’s menu.
6 Canvey Street
London SE1 9AN
0207 928 2928
Was in a bit of a rush for lunch last Friday as the Canary Wharf office had a team event in the afternoon which I was involved in. Had to leave the office by 1300hrs and I only managed to free up some time to grab lunch at 1215hrs. Has been awhile since I had a hot dog so thought I give Bene Bene’s version a try.
As you can see from the poster, you can have a hot dog as is for £3.50 or chose from up to 3 toppings for £4.50. Was not too sure which toppings to go for but finally ended up with jalapeno pepper, bolognese sauce and cheddar cheese. Added a side of coleslaw to complete the meal.
I think the serving staff is still trying to get to grips with the ordering process for the hot dogs. You give your order to the cashier which in turn repeats the order to a server just behind the counter. The problem is it can be quite hard remembering the topping combination especially when you have a few consecutive orders with slightly differing toppings. The poor server was literally shouted at by the cashier who has to repeat herself a couple of times for the order to sink in.
Have to say I’m impressed by the size of the hot dog. Would say the girth of the sausage is close to a 50p coin which is pretty impressive. The sausage skin has the telltale snap of a good frank and the filling was rich, juicy and uniform in texture like a proper frankfurter. As for the topping, nothing much to wow about but it did the trick. Had to melt the cheese in a microwave oven when I got back to the office which was a shame.
I would definitely have the hot dog again but perhaps with some different toppings the next time.
London E14 5AH
0207 515 0205
Thought I be a tad sinful and indulge in a pizza today. Rather then to go to those cheap and cheerful chicken and pizza place along Bricklane or the “don’t go without a 2 for 1 voucher” Pizza Express, I decided to give Go a go!
Go is located along Brushfield Street a couple of units away from Pho. It’s a small place mainly occupied by the serving counter and the many ovens behind. There are 2 bar counters that perhaps sit max of 6.
You walk up to the counter, decide whether you want pizza, several bread options then decide the topping or filling combination you want. You choice is assembled in front of you so you have the chance to say more of this or less of that etc.
I decided to go with the Spicy Filleto which is steak, red onion, jalapeno, chilli flakes on a bed of cheese and tomato sauce. Went for a 10 inch instead of 6. In this instance, size does matter! The 10 inch is £6.50 while the 6 inch is £4.75. The filled sandwiches are £4.50 if I recall correctly. The other pizza options include Pollo Pesto, Four Seasons, Pizza Parma etc. Sorry for the glare in the pic! The pizza base is already pre-baked and the server just proceed to assemble my pizza and stick it into the oven behind. All done in less than 3 minutes I would say! Piping hot and ready to eat!
I’m pretty happy with my pizza especially when I had a chance to put in as much chilli flake and parmesean cheese on top. As the base is pre-baked, it’s crispy but it’s not an Italian style pizza whereby it’s thin crusted. The Tomato sauce base is nice and deep, the red onion gives the pie a crunch. Can’t really taste the beef but the jalapeno definitely came across.
Next time, I will try their filled breads. The fellow in front of me has a filled focaccia and it look fab! At £4.50, good value.
36 Brushfield Street
Some colleagues and I went to The Luxe last Thursday for lunch and we had a good time. The menu was extensive, food was tasty and service was prompt and friendly. Noticed that they have a takeaway service so thought I give it a go for lunch today.
The takeaway lunch menu consists of mainly burgers and hot dogs. I went with the Spicy Luxe Dog with a side of chips. The dog was £4.50 and chips was £2.25. Not that cheap but was not expecting it to be. To order, you walk up to the side of the both where there is a cash register (or look for the Order Here sign), place your order and move to the other side of the booth while your order is being prepared.
On the menu, the Spicy Luxe Dog should have cheese, jalapeno and Luxe sauce. Where is the jalapeno? I feel cheated. The hot dog bun is griddled with the cheese inside to melt it. Could definitely do with more cheese. There is a sprinkling of chilli flakes on the cheese but that is far from the spicy I was expecting. The hot dog is a normal frankfurter style dog so nothing much to wow about. It’s split in half to facilitate the grilling which ruined the snap of the dog. As for the Luxe sauce, it’s nothing but just Heinz ketchup. Disappointing. The saving grace was the chips. I was a bit wary as the chip has been resting under a heated lamp for God knows how long and I was expecting it to be soggy and nasty. They turned out much better than expected, crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.
Overall, a rather lacklustre lunch, seeing I really enjoyed my sit down lunch last week. Also, I think they cater to those who eat on site rather than proper takeaway back to office. There are no paper bags or proper container to speak of. I had to juggle a cup of chips with no cover and a hot dog wrapped with paper (curiously, the wax paper belongs to Smith of Smithfield!) together with my tablet and wallet on the walk back to office. Verdict: you are better off having a sit down meal at The Luxe. Or go for the Polish Sausage Baguette at Cafe 1001 if you are craving for a banger.