Bang Bang

Last weekend’s exploration was all about Bang Bang! The food was definitely ‘bang’ on considering I am a fan of Vietnamese. A small canteen style family run restaurant on Warren Street will definitely be a place that I will frequent a lot considering its only a short walk away and the exciting bit is they also do bubble tea! I wont babble anymore and tempt you with what we ate that afternoon.

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Crispy fried squid is an absolute essential. Loved the fact that it was tossed with fresh red chillies, coriander and shallots.

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The little brother is a massive duck fan so we ordered it two ways. A fresh summer roll bursting with aromas and a deep fried spring roll stuffed with lots of duck and a hint of salad.

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Anything but healthy. I could eat it all by myself.

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This was my favorite, papaya salad and shredded chicken with a honey chili dressing. The eyes were watering and there was steam blowing out of the ears but the salad was a dream.

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We didn’t think much of the Vietnamese chicken curry but if you like things on the milder side of life you might just enjoy this.

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The bao’s are considered quite trendy currently and a lot of places have them on their menu. We tried the chargrilled lime leaf chicken and liked it enough to order a second one. Would definitely try the pork belly one on our next visit.

You can find them here www.bangbangcanteen.co.uk

A satisfying meal followed by some furniture shopping made for a good Saturday.

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Hunan

Hunan is one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in London.  What I like most about this place is that they don’t have a food menu and you are left to the mercy of the chef- which isn’t a bad thing. All you get is a massive book which is full of different kinds of wines and sake.

After a point I lost count but honestly we must have tried at least 25-odd dishes. Despite there being 8 eagerly waiting hungry souls, I did manage to squeeze in some shots of my favourites.

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We started with the lettuce wrap. I love the contrast of the crunchy lettuce with the soft mince chicken. Great combination.

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No turnips for me please! However I did give it a try and was pleasantly surprised. I think I might have had 2, maybe more than my share.

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Hero of ’em all. I couldn’t exactly guess the ingredients for the batter but it was very light and had a lot of garlic. We ordered this one a few times until the waiter actually said ‘are you sure you want another one?’

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There wasn’t much left of the spicy chicken sauce.

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Lamb seemed to be the preferred meat on the table and rightly so. The crispy lamb with the orange jelly was a hit.

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A Chinese meal is not complete without noodles and not just any noodles but the hawker style crispy Chinese noodles.

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No introduction needed. Fried banana with heaps of vanilla ice cream. Simply delicious and doubled for the table.

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Signs of a good night. Even the waitress seem to have enjoyed the sake shots. Definitely recommend the lychee flavored shots. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the bottle but I am sure they would know if you ask for lychee flavored sake.

If you are a foodie its a great place for a date night if not then please take a group of friends but do go to Hunan. They don’t encourage walk-in’s so please make sure you book in advance.

You can find them here http://hunanlondon.com/