Teppan (wok) fried noodles and soups at Mizumoto, Hammersmith.
Rupert Basham reviews Mizumoto restaurant in Lyric Square, W6.
LAZINESS, bad weather and a hefty workload are just some of the reasons why office workers fail to leave their desks each day when the lunching hour beckons.
So the next time you find yourself becoming a prisoner to weather's gloomy disposition or unable to tear yourself away from that vital document, fear not, a Hammersmith restaurant is ready to help.
Owned by Patrick and Vincent Wing Cheung, Mizumoto opened to rave reviews last year for its delicious and reasonably priced selection of Pan-Asian cuisine.
With its grab-and-go concept it was a refreshing alternative to the bloat of sandwich shops available in the town and queues could often be seen snaking out of the door and into Lyric Square.
For 2013, the siblings are trying their hand at office delivery, preparing platters and canapés for parties of eight or more.
Stuck in the throes of Christmas deadlines the Chronicle team decided to try out Mizumoto’s new lunchtime delivery as a distraction for reporters who were by then slowly descending into madness as they tried to come up with new and inventive ways to describe the festive season and the smiling scarlet gentleman who annually deposits gifts in one's dwelling.
Soon enough we were face-to-face with a veritable feast - pots of noodles, soups, sides and drinks - more than enough to satisfy a hungry work force.
It's hard to know where to start when faced with such a plentiful array of dishes, but we all tucked in and were instantly able to highlight the gems.
The spring rolls, both meat and vegetable, were filled to the brim and their coating was expertly cooked, not soggy and not too crisp. A flavoursome mouthful, especially when combined with the sweet chili dipping sauce.
The crispy duck hoi sin wrap was stunning - gently hugged by the soft flour wrap, the shreds of tender meat and the mourish yet not too sickly plum sauce danced away on my taste buds, providing a moment of utter joy only to be followed by a moment of sorrow when it was over.
Moving on I found solace in the satay chicken with its rich and nutty sauce, the spicy Thai crackers and the somewhat addictive edamame beans.
Grazing done I moved swiftly onto the main dishes and opted for the thick yaki yudon noodles, which may not be much to look at but are a real treat and incredibly filling.
To accompany this I had a few spoonfuls of the honey roast pork which left a very pleasant taste in my mouth, the sapidity of the sauce and its fine balance of sweet and savoury complimented the meat.
This was a favourite of mine, but other notable mentions go to the teriyaki chicken and beef in black bean sauce, which when accompanied with the sticky rice were also delicious additions to my personalised lunchtime feast.
With a pack of reporters now well fed, it was back to the grindstone and the dreaded task of coming up with alternate ways of describing that joyful December holiday.