Where to eat in London this week?
Venturing into a City on a Saturday really has a drawbacks. Eerily still streets, teams of clearly mislaid tourists on a demeanour out for St Paul’s… As distant as food options go, it seems like a culinary solitude too – sealed branches of bureau worker-friendly sandwich chains.
But thereafter we find a ultra-modern new foodie hub, Bloomsbury Arcade, now home to Andrew Wong’s new launch, Kym’s.
Kym’s is a second site from this rarely acclaimed Chinese chef, non-stop given winning a Michelin star progressing this year for A.Wong in Victoria.
Beautifully designed, Kym’s is a wealthy two-floor grill finish with a pinkish cherry freshness tree unaware a copper bar, velvet sofas, stylish wooden seating and Insta-friendly marble tables.
We systematic a hulk pebble-like rice cracker and crispy seaweed while perusing a menu, that is divided into tiny plates, classics and pity dishes.
We chose a smooth tofu, Sichuanese spiced aubergine, tiger prawn skewers, pig skewers and French bean fritters to start.
The prawns arrived coated in a rice crispy-like, bubbled beat that crackled when dipped into a honeyed chilli sauce, fun and satisfyingly crunchy with proposal prawns beneath.
Tofu was a weakest link, flattering most only a car for a abounding umami salsa accompaniment. The aubergine was tasty though nearby unfit to eat with only chopsticks (no cutlery was supplied) splinter by sliver.
Frittering immature beans is a revelation, a clear contingency sequence to start, and a pig skewers were a sticky, charred rod of appetizing joy.
It’s value mentioning a drinks during this point, a brief though interesting cocktail list of classics with a turn enclosed a entire lychee martini (no Asian grill seems to skip off this throng pleaser), sichuan sours, plum bellinis and a Kym’s spritz – sake, Riesling vermouth, lemongrass, Prosecco and pomegranate (£9). It being Saturday lunchtime, we wanted to have a potion of booze though not a whole bottle and speckled a Assyrtiko Lyarakis from Crete, served in a bottle (£26). The wine, that according to a desirable and laid-back waiter was a series one offered booze on a list, was a sensation. In hindsight, we substantially should have systematic a bottle!
Mains arrived in a form of a pig and shrimp ‘Bao Bao’ in a sizzling skillet (£12), a Three Treasures beef contingent (£20) and Gai Lan on a side (£8), a pleasing smoke-stack of Chinese broccoli heaped with goji berries and soy. The Bao Bao indispensable a whirl with a chopstick to mangle a eggs and was an impossibly gratifying dish, like a Chinese Shakshuka with dumplings…essentially ticking all a boxes for a weekend lunch, carrying had one too many Margaritas a night before. The most talked about Three Treasures was tasty though could have been some-more inexhaustible with a Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken and Iberico Pork Char Sui slices, any nearing with their particular sauces, that fast became ‘one’ after a integrate of dips. A side of steamed rice was indispensable to soak adult all a juices from a Bao Bao. We had to bat off a penetrating waiter several times to safeguard each final dump was devoured.
Pudding was vetoed though looked good – Hong Kong pineapple bun (£6) and Sichuan peppers and star anis-soaked poached blackberries with sorbet (£5).
On a coffees we learnt of a new Sunday Roast offer, £25 per chairman for a set feast that can be upped for an additional £15 per chairman for giveaway issuing beer, booze or bellinis. There are many worse ways to spend a Sunday in a City!
Kym’s is good for a mid-week date, family jubilee or stylish Sunday fry with minimal skeleton thereafter if a ‘free-flowing’ libations are chosen.