Slow food, fast
Affordable fare in London being such a rarity, I was willing to ditch my carb-free (well, except for pizza, pasta, chocolate and red wine) diet and see what this sticky, slow-cooking rice can do when set pride of place. And so I arrived at Ooze, their tag line being "slow food, cooked fast," this past Monday evening with the expectation of an Italian Wagamama experience (not to sound like a Dragons' Den pitch).
But, rather than give the typical restaurant review telling you how my scottish salmon with braised fennel and parsley risotto was tasty, but definitely not for size zero contenders. Or, how the house wine is an easy-drinking red from Montepulciano, and the season crumble was spot-on if quite heavy after a heap of Arborio rice. I will leave the foodie talk to the gurus at Time Out and the Indy. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed it (pastel walls withstanding) and would go back; and certainly rate it above Ping Pong which is, either savvily or tragically, located directly across on Goodge Street.
Now let's take on the bigger issue facing London. Can Ooze do for risotto what Wagamama's did for the noodle? Let those opinions ooze here...
Ooze, 62 Goodge Street, London
020 7436 9444
Mains from £6.95 to £9.50, Wines from £12.95 to £25