4 ratings, 7 reviews
I was invited to HOP last minute, so had little time to research! I was pleasantly surprised though. The food was really good, and the menu very well thought out. I haven't had such fresh and light Vietnamese food before. One thing I must say though, is the portion sizes were very large - so make sure you've got space for all their yummy courses!
Thanks for having me.
I had a wonderful evening at the Hop supper club, with delicious food and a great ambiance. Personal favourites were the zingy and crunchy duck salad, the gorgeous deep flavours of the beef main, and the sweet delight of the Vietnamese coffee. Can't wait to try more of their food and hospitality in future!
Very much enjoyed the Vietnamese Street Feast dinner. Food was great, lovely chef and host Paul, and quick attentive service throughout the night. Would definitely recommend.
A great evening. Kicked off with amazing Chilli Collins cocktail to set the mood... followed by 3 or 4 more. The food was different class. Fresh, tasty and authentic. Paul has gone to a lot of trouble to source the best quality ingredients to ensure great depth of flavors. A job well done. Looking forward to the full launch.
I thought this event was a fantastic showcase of what to expect from Hop in future, and I for one can't wait to see (and more importantly eat) more from them.
All the courses (an amuse-bouche, 2 entrees, main course, dessert and drip coffee) were wonderfully different, and certainly showed that Hop's founder has creativity coupled with a solid knowledge of vietnamese street food.
Whilst every course had its own merits, for me, highlights were:
- a lemongrass prawn skewer amuse-bouche: we were provided with fresh herbs and a lettuce leaf so we could do the wrapping and dipping in the nouc cham ourselves - a dish memorable for its authenticity.
- the chargrilled lemongrass beef main course: cooked to perfection, and the flavours as a whole were very well balanced - a hard feat to accomplish when there isn't the reliance on a 'big' sauce to bind everything together, which I think is often the temptation in asian cooking to cater for the mass-market.
- vietnamese drip coffee as a final flourish: lovely - I hope to be seeing this in Hop's future outlets, as I reckon there's certainly a bigger space for this on London's coffee scene (and I'd really like there to be a place open up round the corner from work so I can essentially have it all the time!)
While we did start a little after the official start-time as I think we were waiting for a couple of latecomers, it didn't matter at all as the tone of the evening was very relaxed. All in all, a perfect way to spend an evening. Fab food, great staff and high hopes for seeing Hop on street corners in future. Thanks and good luck!
Having been to several other supper clubs around London, I had high expectations for the Hop event and I was not disappointed.
Firstly, the food really was incredible - especially the beef dish!! I could eat that everyday! Each course had lots of different flavours and textures which worked really well with together. I personally thought the portion sizes were generous and I left feeling very content. The Vietnamese drip coffee at the end of a great meal was a nice little touch too.
I loved the concept behind Hop and liked the fact that the seating was arranged around 4 large tables - the communal eating added to the experience!
I will definitely be recommending this event to my friends and colleagues! Thanks for a very enjoyable evening!
The dinner event started 30 minutes late even though an email was sent to us the night before requesting everyone to be on time at 7pm for a prompt start.
The ambiance and setting were pleasant and the staff was nice.
The food needs more work on ingredients; balance of flavors and portion-size. The best dish was the dessert!
Good luck for future events.