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Some places in Soho, London

limster Nov 21, 2008 02:47 PM

• Melati
An Indonesian place, and could thus be using more kecap manis, a sweet dark sauce, especially in the lamb satay, which are at the point between tough and tender. The peanut dipping sauce isn't bad, rice and nutty, and not too much like peanut butter. The vegetable curry (perhaps a variant of sayoh lodeh) is ok, less emphasis on the traditional cabbage and beans, this one with cauliflower and broccoli that throws off the textural components a bit. The coconut milk based curry is fine, the right thinness and reasonably aromatic. Too bad they don't serve the various varieties of Indonesian rice, like nasi kuning (a yellow tumeric based rice).

• Mother Mash
A not bad pork and apple ssausage, a bit hard to catch teh apple, but it was rasonably porky and pink, with a ripping meaty interior. The onion gravy is a little starchy, rather than sticky with gelatin, but the savoury oniony flavour is a saving grace. Ok mash, nothing like the one at The White Horse in Parson's Green. A basic sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream that's quite nice.

• Mr Jerk
A moderate but mellow mutton curry with solidly tender chunks of meat and soft potato. Seriously hearty and hefty hard food, chewy dumpling, moderately soft plaintains, slightly fibrous and soft sweet potato and yam. I liked the gingery warmth against the tart sorrel of the ginger and sorrel drink.

• Jerk City
Great chicken patty, just the right hit of spice, very flaky shell, a good balance of meat and flour. Jerk chicken wasn't spectacular, but wasn't bad, reasonable smoky and charred bits from the grill, a heavy cloak of sauce with a spicy bite, and rice punctuated buy the al dente beans.

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    suziedepingu Nov 21, 2008 03:06 PM

    you are such a foodie around London. I guess no one can beat you in this.... = )

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      limster Nov 21, 2008 03:15 PM

      Many thanks for the kind words; just chiming in like everyone else and currently trying to clear a backlog accumulated from the last few months.

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        Spanamana Nov 22, 2008 03:54 AM

        I presume you've tried the Won Kei in Wardour St? IMO one of the finest Chinese restaurants for food quality, if probably one of the most eccentric for service.

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          limster Nov 22, 2008 04:03 AM

          Thanks for the tip, afraid I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

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            bleep75 Dec 5, 2008 05:29 AM

            Wong Kei - it does standard fare ok but i wouldn't recommend it on quality of food. Great prices and good for a tongue lashing and atmosphere but quite greasy and lots of MSG and gloopy sauces.

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