Reviews, Travel

Travel: Our Epic Vietnam Adventure

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Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam. View from the hike. NHYM 2019. All photos courtesy of NHYM.

We recently returned from an epic two and a half week Vietnam adventure for the Easter holidays and it has taken me this long to recover and write about it. As I told friends about my trip, many kept asking me ‘Where did you stay/where should we go/what should we do?’ so here are all my tips.

Travelling with children is also particular: you can’t necessarily sight see all day and expect your children to be happy and smiling by the end of the day. So my method is: child – friendly sight – seeing in the morning and playing and resting in the afternoon, preferably in a hotel swimming pool. So far, this formula has worked perfectly for us as a family and we usually manage to keep the whole family happy this way.

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Local fishing boat, Ninh Van Bay, Six Senses. NHYM 2019. 

This was not my first time going to Vietnam as I have been many times and even spent one month living there, but it was the first time taking my children and they absolutely loved it. Vietnam may not be a place where you will find the biggest temples of Angkor Wat or Ayuttayah, or the Great Wall of China or the Grand Palace of Bangkok, but you will get a bit of everything on a smaller scale and with a different charm.

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Rice fields and Water Buffalos. Hoi An. NHYM 2019.

We started in Saigon, but I would recommend travelling through Vietnam from North to South if you have enough time: friends of ours started in Hanoi and went downwards. In Hanoi, most people will stay at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel, which resides in a colonial building and retains its old world charm. What’s good about it with children is that it has a swimming pool. Another option, La Siesta has a range of hotel options which are very good value.

In Hanoi, you can get a feeling of what it was like in the colonial era while Saigon is a much more chaotic, modern city, so many tourists prefer Hanoi for its charm, but the Vietnamese prefer the vibrancy and dynamic life of Saigon. Our friends took an 8 hour motorbike street food tour around Hanoi and then out to the countryside, and said it was a blast and they highly recommended it.

After, Halong Bay is the requisite stop as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. I would recommend going for 2 nights rather than 1 night, as it’s not worth it and you will just get stuck with another 100 tourist boats and that may ruin the experience. But other friends chose Bai Tu Long Bay, which is quieter and has less tourists and stayed on the Emperor Cruises which looks very luxurious and only has 8 suites per boat.

Other areas worth seeing in the North are Sa Pa for the terraced rice fields and Ninh Binh, with its limestone monoliths, but for these you would need a considerable amount of time in Vietnam to get to all of those places.

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Four Seasons Nam Hai Pools. NHYM 2019. 

We met up with our friends in Hoi An, where the beautiful Nam Hai Four Seasons resort waited for us. There are plenty of cheaper options around Hoi An, you could argue, but I was travelling with two young children and I wanted the most stress-free option and the Four Seasons is generally a safe bet. (And this one is a lot cheaper than most Four Seasons hotels). The Kids Club at the Four Seasons was great for us adults: the girls were kept busy all day baking cookies, jewellery making, lantern making, playing games and making new friends. And when they tired of the Kids Club they happily spent the rest of their day by the pool (there are 3 pools, 2 for adults, 1 for kids).

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Hoi An Architecture and Multi-coloured lanterns. NHYM 2019. 

For the adults, a trip into Hoi An is definitely worth it. What is special about Hoi An are the lanterns at night, but also the mixed architecture throughout the town. It was an old trading port that accumulated various influences from the Japanese, Chinese and French. It’s best to go either early in the morning before the tourists arrive or at night to see the lanterns illuminating the river…

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Riding a Water Buffalo. NHYM 2019. 

One day we went on a water buffalo, wet rice planting and boat/fishing tour – all of it very touristy, but very child-friendly. The highlight of our entire trip for our children was riding a water buffalo, but they also enjoyed learning about rice planting and cultivation and they loved the basket boat ride.

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Cutting rice. NHYM 2019. 

They also learned to ride a water buffalo plough, which we called ‘water buffalo water skiing.’

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Water Buffalo ‘Water Skiing’ Hoi An. NHYM 2019

We then left for Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, near Nha Trang which I thought was absolutely stunning. This is not where you get modern, flashy rooms with mod cons: they are all made of wood and very rustic chic, but that’s what I loved that about it. There, it is all about nature. The Six Senses is so good at blending nature with its hotel and this was up to par with any of its other destinations.

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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Water Villas. NHYM 2019. 

We had a very nice two bedroom hilltop villa which was huge with its own pool and a gorgeous view of the bay and the mountains of Nha Trang. The rooms were wooden, thatched huts surrounded by trees and hillside. The food in the main restaurant was not the best ever, but the BBQ at our villa was delicious and highly recommended.

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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Sunset from our Hill Top Villa. NHYM 2019. 

Here, like the Four Seasons, you can ride everywhere on bicycles. The Kids Club is not the best I’ve seen, so I only recommend it as a free babysitting service, but don’t expect Maldives quality (i.e. dolphin trips and marine conservation with turtles). But having said that, our kids loved the open air cinema by the dock, the complimentary ice-cream and making new friends – all from London – and they had a great time. Their highlights: egg picking in the chicken farm, snorkelling and fishing on a local wooden boat, a sunset cruise and seeing a monkey from the boat. My husband went on a super hike which had amazing views of the mountains and spotted langur monkeys while I enjoyed the Six Senses Spa, so again, something to keep everyone happy.

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Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. NHYM 2019. 

Saigon, where we started and ended, has drastically changed in the last ten years and has become a completely modern city with 1) Starbucks 2) H&M and 3) Chanel, and some say that there isn’t a lot of cultural interest, but to me it’s a great city and it is becoming cooler with rooftop terraces and rooftop pools. We stayed at the Hotel Des Arts, which is a popular destination for families because of their interconnecting rooms and it has a rooftop pool. If you want to be in the middle of the action and don’t mind noise, Liberty Central City Centre, is a modern, cool 4 star which has a rooftop pool and bar, that the girls loved for Happy Hour – even though their happy hour was a watermelon or mango juice.

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View from our hotel room Liberty Central Saigon. NHYM 2019. 

Their highlights in Saigon were: going for a cyclo ride through the city, going to the mall (why oh why?!) and going to a water puppet show, which shouldn’t be missed with young children. We also did a day trip to the Mekong on a boat and sampan, which is a long day, and also went to visit a family friend in the countryside, which gave us a taste of how people really live there. We also went to visit a local pagoda and orphanage to bring food and lollipops (lollipops, I was told, are a rare treat for them!) and it was great for them to meet and interact with lovely, local, children and not just Londoners, who were everywhere.

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Local Pagoda in Saigon, where the monks look after orphans. NHYM 2019. 

For me, travelling is not just about seeing the great cultural sights, but it’s about just being there, absorbing the culture, the people and the way of life which is so different to our own in London. It’s seeing that there are other ways to live aside from our own, to appreciate people and their cultures and it’s just wonderful sharing that with my children.

Whatever kind of traveller you are – a nature lover, a temple/ruins lover, a culture lover or a food lover, there is a bit of something for everyone in Vietnam. When we left, one of my daughters said ‘Let’s come back next year!’

Testament to a great trip! 

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

 

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Review: Cloud Twelve Family Member’s Club

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When I gave birth to my first child, I remember thinking that it would be great to have a nice space where I could have a coffee with my friends while my child could play in a clean, nice, play area. I even went as far as thinking that Notting Hill needed a space like that and started a business model. Unfortunately, the idea died when I realised that rent in Notting Hill is so bloody expensive and that mums could easily stay hours sipping just one coffee and that wouldn’t pay the rent.

Fast forward eight years later, and Cloud 12 has opened with a different business model: the family & lifestyle member’s club. Here, there’s an annual membership and there are classes on tap and a very fancy spa upstairs. A friend of mine who is a member invited me to visit last week. As you walk in, the ground floor has a very cool and fun play area which I would say is best suited for 0-6 year olds: it is like a very cool, clean, fun and creative kids club. There are classes and a creche where you can leave your child for two hours. If you were looking to have it all under one roof for a young child, this is a great option. There are all kinds of classes like singing, ballet, science and art classes.

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There is a small cafe in the kids area and a larger cafe upstairs, which is for adults. The food is all organic and vegan – which is fine for the adults – but I have heard that the kids have a harder time with it. Their ethos is sustainability, wellness and eco – friendly which is all the rage at the moment, so it def ticks those boxes.

Upstairs is the salon and the spa, which has treatments from cryotherapy to colonic therapy to quartz beds. Its decoration is Japanese inspired, from the time the founder lived in Japan, so very zen and full of tree and nature themes. I didn’t have a treatment so couldn’t tell you my thoughts, but it looks very high end and wouldn’t mind coming back to try one.

The club is lovely, but as it is Notting Hill, can be quite costly if you don’t use it but if you use it regularly, my friend tells me it is worth it.  My children, who are both in school, I would say are too old for this as they have so many after school activities, but if I had young children and babies, I would definitely look into it.

The day I went, it was very quiet, but I heard that the last Bank Holiday weekend, it was packed and I heard that James Blunt was there and another celebrity mum is also spotted there regularly. So, if you want a bit of privacy, a nice kids area and a place to do your hair all in one place, this place is great and shame it wasn’t around when I first had a baby.

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2-5 Colville Mews

London W11 2DA

http://www.cloudtwelve.co.uk

0203 301 1012

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

 

 

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Christian Dior Exhibit at the V&A: Designer of Dreams

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Dior Exhibit V & A Museum. NHYM 2019. All photos my own. 

A long, long time ago, years and years ago, so long ago before the birth of civilisation – well, the birth of my children – I used to have a rule with my then husband (now called father-of-my-children), to do one cultural activity a month. No, going to the movies does not count nor does watching a documentary on Versace on Netflix count. It was a great rule which in a sense forced us to enjoy some of the best things about London. We have at our fingertips some of the greatest museums, art, music, fashion and we shouldn’t forget how easily accessible they all are.

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So, when I was invited to a private view of the sold out Christian Dior exhibit at V & A museum the other day, I was so excited to go to the show: Fashion + Art + inspiration = success.

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Sample dress from his Ateliers. NHYM 2019. 

Christian Dior was born in 1905 and started his own fashion line in 1946 which dominated the fashion world after World War II. He was instrumental in regaining Parisian fashion’s popularity for a decade with his ‘New Look’ of cinched waists and voluminous skirts, a break from wartime austerity.

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So influential was he that he designed Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday party dress, which is on display at the V & A.

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Princess Margaret’s 21st birthday dress. NHYM 2019. 

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Dior particularly loved designing fantastical and fairytale ball gowns, drawing on his love of historical costumes: ‘evening clothes are the most glamorous and fascinating thing a woman can have as the evening is the time when you escape from the realities of life.’

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There is an entire floral room showcasing some of his most ethereal, feminine gowns that make you dream.

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The exhibit features over 500 objects, gowns, photos and memorabilia from Dior’s collections.

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‘A ballgown is your dream, and it must make you dream.’

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This is how I feel most days.

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Gian Franco Ferre. NHYM 2019. 

After his death in 1957, Yves Saint Laurent took over as Head designer and there have been a string of great designers which have continued Dior’s legacy.

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Maria Grazia Chiuri. NHYM 2019.

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I love Christian Dior’s elegant, elaborate, whimsical gowns and the femininity that they represent, in contrast to some of the more masculine designs that have dominated. When I see these dresses, I am taken to a time when femininity was a sign of strength and beauty and when femininity was celebrated for its grace and wisdom.

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NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

 

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Spotlight On: Lohralee Astor and Elizabeth Sieff, Founders of Storcx.com

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Lohralee Astor, 39, and Elizabeth Sieff, 38 are both young, West London mums who only 3 months ago launched Storcx, which so far has been an inspirational success.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lohralee and Elizabeth this past week to discuss their amazing success with Storcx.com, a money pooling website that has been three years in the making. Storcx allows you to collect funds from your friends for any present or event, so that you (or your child) can choose exactly which present you really want. I’ve tried it for a party and it all worked perfectly! Amazingly, Lohralee has done this while having four kids under 7 years old (supermom!) and this isn’t Elizabeth’s first business, having launched and founded Little Emperors in 2008 (another supermum)! They are both inspirational, but not only that, they are absolutely lovely.

Tell Me About Yourselves.

Lohralee: I’m from Vancouver, Canada and I moved to London where I simultaneously modelled and studied at CNM to get my Nutritional Therapist Dip. Then I met my husband, had 4 children and have been in London ever since. Prior to coming to London, I was in sales for Diesel and other fashion lines. I also studied interior design at Inchbald School of Design and did up and sold various houses. Oh, and I also wrote a cookbook while pregnant!

Elizabeth: I’m English – and I grew up just outside London – but moved to London to study and got a business degree in 2003. I first worked in corporate finance and then in private banking recruitment search but when the 2008 financial crash happened, it wasn’t a lucrative time to be in recruitment! So I started Little Emperors, a private members Travel and Dining Club, which I sold in 2012. I also have two children who keep me incredibly busy.

How did you meet?

We were both pregnant at the same time and were introduced by a common friend. We clicked immediately and had our boys two days apart. They are best friends – actually, they consider themselves brothers. We went on long walks while pregnant and became very close. It’s amazing to work with your best friend! (They’ve never had any fights). It also helps us having someone to talk to at work when life has its ups and downs. And everyone has them!Storcx

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How did you come up with the idea of Storcx?

We both were going to so many children’s birthday parties – as well as having our own children’s birthday parties – and found all the gifts so wasteful and that children weren’t really appreciating them. We were surprised to find that no one had come up with an idea to pool together money to buy one gift rather than 25 separate gifts. We wanted to give back the spirit of gift giving and for children to actually get what they really wanted. Then we realised we could expand the idea into housewarming parties, dinner parties, weddings, and adults birthdays.

Tell me about the journey from the idea of Storcx until the launch this year.

We began working on Storcx in 2015 and we would meet every morning at the Electric to discuss our ideas. We both had the same vision and we decided to first build this massive website and then pick what was essential and turn it into a more user friendly website. It has taken us three years! But it’s been so exciting – we were nominated by the Good Web Guide for ‘Best Start Up’ and ‘Most Useful Website’ and we were Runner Up for the ‘People’s Choice Award.’

What has been the biggest challenge?

The tech side of things has been really hard. Finding the right person to build our website was difficult. We first started trying to build an App but then realised that a website was the way to go first. Also to bring it down from a huge website to a concise one was difficult.

How is it balancing motherhood and your other ‘baby,’ Storcx.com?

The great thing about being an entrepreneur is flexibility. We both can do drop offs and pick ups if we want to and work from 9:30am-3pm during school hours but tend to do a lot of evening work solo – although this may change in the New Year as we’ve got lots of exciting things happening! Of course, you sacrifice time with your children (and the gym!), but we really focus on work during the week and the weekends are dedicated to our children.

What advice do you have to young mums looking to start their own business? 

Elizabeth: Take your time, do it slowly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. When the time is right, it will happen.

Lohralee: I am definitely a ‘doer’ and when I had my children, I felt like I still needed to do something. But enjoy that precious time with your children and wait until you are ready.

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Thank you so much Elizabeth and Lohralee for chatting with me this week! Wishing you the best of luck with it!

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

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Restaurant Review: Caractère, Notting Hill

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Caractere restaurant. Image courtesy of the internet, as are all of these photos. NHYM.

Caracatere

209 Westbourne Park Road W11 EA

Tel 0208181 3850

www.caractererestaurant.com

I must apologise, especially to those who have signed up to my blog within the past few months, because I have not had one minute to write. But I have a good excuse! We moved houses, and as they say, it was very stressful. Actually, it’s been a stressful YEAR. There were peaks of stress when ceilings came crashing down, flooding that made a waterfall out of my ceiling and break-ins that led me to police statements and detectives. This year was hijacked by my selling and moving houses, but it has been all worth it (and really I should write a blog all about house decorating because I have so much useless information that I will never use again after I finish decorating this house). The good news is that I love it. This is the house-I’m-going-to-live-in-for-the-rest-of-my-life- house. If it’s possible to fall in love with an inanimate object, this is it. Of course, that comes with problems, I am obsessing at night over which fabrics to use out of 22,000 I was shown and I actually never want to go ‘out’ of the house these days. So, it does take quite a lot to get me to walk out my door.

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Roasted scallops. NHYM 2018.

Luckily, I found this new restaurant which was definitely worth the walk to. Caractere is the baby of Emily Roux, daughter of Michel Roux Jr, of Le Gavroche fame, and Diego Ferrari, who was head chef there for three years. This place was destined to be a foodie-heaven baby. Caractere has taken over the Bumpkin space on Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill, and has a contemporary art deco design which hits lots of trends – green and purple velvet chairs, sputnik orbit chandeliers, exposed brick, lots of gold and brass and marble table tops. And since I’ve been sucked in the depths of the interior design world lately, all I can do is covet the chairs and stare at what they’ve done and love it all.

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Amuses bouches NHYM 2018. 

But it’s the food that takes my breath away here. Everything I ordered was delicious. Perhaps it was a lucky pick in the menu of character traits of Delicate, Robust etc… but I don’t care. There were a few amuses bouches that started our tastebuds tingling, and then I ordered the artichoke starter. Let’s just put it this way, I’ve never tasted an indulgent artichoke before I came here. It was a starter to remember but my husband also found his roasted scallops equally as good. The cacio e pepe is supposedly their star starter so I will definitely need to come back to try it, given how much I already liked the artichoke.

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Then, the rack of lamb literally melted in my mouth. The quality of the meat was really stand-out-ish and even though the portions looked small, they were quite rich and consistent. The grande finale was the chocolate cake with pecan praline, salted caramel sauce, and mascarpone ice-cream. Absolutely divine: I felt like we went to chocolate-heaven. A few days later, I ran into the friends we had gone with, and he still kept raving about the chocolate cake, saying he would go back just for the chocolate cake. I would go back for all the above frankly, but I am secretly hoping it doesn’t become like the Ledbury where it can take months to get a reservation.

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The two lovebirds Roux and Ferrari have made a beautiful, young, contemporary baby out of Caractere, which may still be finding its feet (the service was hit-and-miss but friendly) but is likely to attract foodies and locals alike, all looking for a taste of foodie heaven. As for me, I will be hibernating in our house until that chocolate cake beckons me back, but I promise to write a little more, and come out of my love nest a little more.

xx

NYHM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

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Soho House White City, London

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Soho House White City Pool. Courtesy of the internet. 2018. 

Firstly, let’s get this out of the way: do not, I repeat do NOT, under any circumstances drive to Soho House, White City. BIG MISTAKE. We made this mistake the first time I went with a friend and we were told that there was no parking and to go to Westfield’s car park. Disembarking in John Lewis and walking out of Westfield and across the road to the old BBC building which still looked bare and new at the time, never creates a good impression when going to the ‘hip, new’ west London hotspot.

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Outdoor space. NHYM 2018. 

There, now that I’ve gotten this out of the way, I can proceed to actually reviewing the place.  I’ve been to Soho House White City three times since its opening – now in Ubers –  once for breakfast, once for a couples dinner and once for a girls night out to try it out in all its variations. But my opinion hasn’t changed a whole lot since I first went there: I have mixed feelings about it. Perhaps, it’s because I conjured an image of the most amazing Soho House I had ever seen before I went, that it didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I have only myself to blame. A lot of other people really love it, so don’t take my word for it.

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Breakfast bowl. NHYM 2018. 

Don’t get me wrong, there are parts that I really like, particularly the rooftop pool and areas around it and the 9th floor terrace are my favourite: they make me feel like I could be anywhere, New York, Miami, Istanbul or even London. The only issue I had with it my first time, was that I was surrounded by young, male, white, hipsters and I am everything but that (We need a few Meghan sightings to rectify that), but actually it’s gotten better. For breakfast, I did like my breakfast bowl full of hipster-goodness of quinoa, roasted tomatoes and poached eggs.

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Outdoor terrace 9th floor. Courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2018. 

Now, the main 9th floor which has all the bars and the reservations-restaurant leave me, well, a bit unfazed. It was designed with the ‘BBC in the 60s’ in mind, but I wasn’t wowed by it, nor do I hate it. It’s fine at night, but the wood-panelled walls feel dark in the daytime and the restaurant design reminds me of an airport lounge in the 70s. Or what I would imagine an airport lounge in the 70s would look like. And the food at dinnertime is Soho House food, fine but never the main attraction. This Soho house feels a bit like one big corporation in some ways, with less creativity and intimacy, and more mainstream in mind. It has a feel of ‘we’ve seen all of this before’ to it.

The last time I went, for a girls dinner, I clearly didn’t get the memo. I arrived completely overdressed with my red, high heels and very short dress and stood in the elevator next to a family in trainers, jeans and sweatshirts. Yup, I was having my second Pretty Woman moment at Soho House, White City. It dawned on me that it wasn’t designed with people like me in mind, it turns out that I am way more Mayfair than Westfield, whether I like to admit it or not.

But for people who work around Soho House White City, what a great addition. And having said all of this, I still had a great time every single time I went.  So, if you do go, please form your own opinion. My male, white, hipster friend loves it, so if you fit that mould, you will likely love it too. It’s still a cool place and a lot closer than Shoreditch House, so I will happily go back any time, but it turns out I am not as hipster as I thought I was.

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

 

 

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Restaurant Review: Southam Street, Notting Hill

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Southam Street. All photos courtesy of NHYM apart from this one, courtesy of the internet. NHYM 2018. 

I am always excited to hear about new restaurant openings in Notting Hill, because one easily gets bored (yawn) and tired by the same old stalwarts (ie. ‘Shall we go to Osteria/The Oak/e&o?’ etc…) So when Southam Street invited me to write a review of their new restaurant, I was more than happy to oblige since I love Pan Asian food and I love Notting Hill. So last Thursday, I took some friends along to try it out.

Southam Street is a Robata and Raw restaurant set over two floors with a top floor Tequila bar. That night we were seated on the ground floor, which has a scandi feel to it: white-painted exposed bricks, Danish-style chairs and industrial pipes coming out of a very cool ceiling.

Golborne Road is having something of a renaissance and this restaurant is just one of its recent openings. 108 Garage established itself as ‘the one to watch’ when it opened in 2017 and received brilliant reviews, quickly finding a spot in Bloomberg’s Best 100 restaurants in the UK: So it is unsurprising that the duo behind 108 Garage opened a new resto down the street called Southam Street (and that duo is a story in itself with Luca the Italian banker and Chris the Gumtree Chef.)

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Double Salmon Roll. NHYM 2018. 

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Yellowtail Tartare. NYYM 2018

We started out our meal with some of the raw offerings: The Double Salmon Roll and the Yellowtail Tartare. The double salmon was fresh and succulent, just as any good sushi restaurant in Mayfair with triple the price. The yellowtail tartare was good, but perhaps less memorable.

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Bao Bun. NHYM 2018. 

But let’s cut right to the chase. The Korean fried chicken Bao Bun is really the piece de resistance in this restaurant and is – literally – everyone’s favourite. We all ordered one, but one of our friends liked it so much, he ordered two. Someone said they would come to Southam just for it and my husband still raves about it.

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Thai Salad. NHYM 2018. 

I personally also love the Thai salad with mi-cuit salmon and salmon roe mixed with grapefruit, shallots, and lots of herbs – it is delicious and after the salad and the Bao Bun, I could have gone home happy.

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Iberico pork. NHYM 2018. 

But instead, we kept ordering, and had the wagyu beef sliders, which were very tasty, and the Iberico pork pluma – also very good. As sides, we had asparagus grilled on a Robata a la Nobu style, which I really liked, and broccoli in sesame sauce. All quite delicious.

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Rump Steak and Broccoli. NHYM 2018. 

The rump steak was a bit on the fatty side and could have used a bit more sauce/marinade, but by this time we were so full that we didn’t really care.

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Fondant. NHYM 2018. 

For dessert, the chocolate moelleux hit the spot, which rivals Nobu’s as well and the panna cotta, which wasn’t panna cotta, but a chawan mushi (Ok, the Japanese version of a panna cotta) was equally delicious.

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Strawberry Chawan Mushi. NHYM 2018. 

It was all very beautifully decorated with edible flowers and pretty colours. The only – little – downside to the whole experience was the service…which was slightly inexperienced. Cocktails came at staggered intervals, and questions about the food were met with head-caught-in-headlights stares: ‘How are the sliders? Uhm. I don’t know, I haven’t tried them. How is the Iberico pork cooked? Uhm, I don’t know, let me ask’ which happened a few times, but having said that, they were very friendly, mostly attentive, and did try.

Overall:

Southam Street is a great little addition to west London’s dining scene with some excellent dishes (crispy chicken Bao Bun and Salmon Roe Thai Salad) and some old Nobu-style favourites. The service could use some refining, but the food and the friendliness was enough of a distraction to keep us happy all night long.

Thank you Southam Street for a wonderful Thursday treat!

xx

NHYM

http://www.nottinghillyummymummy.com

@NHyummymummy

**Southam Street invited me and three friends but all views and opinions expressed are my own**

 

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