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Ample- can you publish that list you mentioned of what things taste like?

I (or course) left the book at home :) . I will post tonight.

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I note that the Daily herald had become The Sun by 1964.

Ties with the TUC being severed in 1960.

It is some while since I last thought of Ian Mikado.

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Dinner was lovely - company and the food actually surpassed my expectations (but then I probably was unjustifiably expecting their dim sum to be bad).

 

Xiao Long Bao - the skins were too thin, they ripped a little too easily, leaking out the precious soup. Hakkasan does this better (so does Chinese experience :) )

 

 

3 baked venison puff - same as the ones they have at Hakkasan but maybe not quite as tasty (I think its the venison filling itself isn't done as well)

 

1 fried squid cake - liked these too.

 

2 jasmin ribs - I am with Ms J, I thought these were lovely, good smokey flavor

 

2 asparagus cheung fun - their cheung fun noodles are very good, nice glutinous texture but remains light. Some of the best Cheung Fun I've had in London

 

1 fried turnip cake - standard

 

3 crispy duck roll - I liked this very much

 

1 baby pak choi and garlic - average

1 shimeiji hand pulled noodle - average

1 chicken feet - excellent saucing, really good flavor

3 char sui bun - average

 

So yes, its funny how disparate our views are on the different types of dim sum. But we are in agreement about the company :D

 

Somehow the boys ended up on one side of the table and the girls on the other... with the exception of Macrosan who was surrounded by the girls!

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Somehow the boys ended up on one side of the table and the girls on the other... with the exception of Macrosan who was surrounded by the girls!

Years of practice, Akiko, years of practice :)

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I am surprised no-one has yet thought of this in New York (unless I missed something). The small plates craze is raging so hard, that upscale dim sum in a cutesy setting with "signature" cocktails seems too obvious.

 

Anyway, I was amazed to find such swishness in this unglamorous corner of Soho (and I was just getting over my surprise at the nearby Players lounge). This is a long way from the Steak An'.

 

I thought the carefully designed furniture was silly, placing design over function: chairs with one arm, and tables low enough to mimic traditional Japanese dining tables (in a dim sum restaurant?), but without the concealed dropped floor. Bad for the knees.

 

But much of the food was fine. Great chicken feet and duck roll. As akiko suggests, I thought a number of the items were as good as you'd get from one of the traditional dim sum specialists, but no better. But here you can eat them in a smart environment.

 

I think someone should tell Jean-Georges about this.

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