RESTAURANT REVIEW: SOI THAI

 For the love of Thai
Soi Thai is a sweet restaurant tucked away in Basant Lok between an ATM and Dominoes promising authentic Thai street food (and home delivery).

Looks Like

The restaurant is a relatively small but big windowed space with very pretty salvaged wood furniture and not much more going on.

The décor includes a collection of (really) questionable art up on the walls and a strange, spotted cow made of tin but the “up for sale” sign makes me hope the choice is commercial and not a reflection of the owners’ taste.

On a brighter note, the place is well lit, looks super clean and has a light, functional charm to it.

Tastes Like

I’ve always really liked Thai food but the ubiquitous red and green curry menu options which I’m sure has been made of packaged curry paste from Nature’s Basket was getting me down. Soi Thai gives you a lot more choice and even if some of the dishes weren’t as good as they could have been the ingredients were very fresh. We ordered the Tod Man (Fish Cakes) for starters and followed it up with a Phat Krapao (Pork Stir Fry with Basil); Phad Thai with Tofu and Egg and Bamee Phat Ki Mao (Yellow Noodles with Spicy Mix and Prawns).

The fish cakes were disappointing, we were expecting something more delicate (in the nature of a crab cake?) but the Tod Man was more like a pakoda. The batter drowned out the flavor of the fish and made the cakes too hard and doughy. It did come with an amazing golden sweet salt sauce though. The Yellow Noodles were well made and the prawns nicely cooked but a little bland – I think the dish would have benefitted from the addition of one strong stand out flavor. Both the Phat Krapao (Pork Stir Fry with Basil) and Phad Thai were excellent, a lovely combination of complementing light flavors, crunchy greens and perfectly cooked meat.

Feels Like

Reviewing Soi Thai is confusing because some things about the food and décor I really liked and other bits just didn’t work. One thing that works unequivocally in favor of this restaurant is the service.

3 Replies to “RESTAURANT REVIEW: SOI THAI”

  1. Hi Yashaswini, we decided to let our walls out as a forum to promote budding artists. Please google tapas basu, ajay narayan, hara prasad, rohit sharma – we hope that changes your opinion about the art. The “bar cows” are actually a favourite with patrons and ourselves 🙂 but never mind if you did not like them. Fish cakes do not use dough neither batter, but obviously the flavor was off so we will share your feedback with the kitchen as usually these receive rave reviews. Glad you liked the remainder of your meal including the sweet chilly sauce. FYI – all our dipping sauces and curry pastes are made in the kitchen. We hope to see you again. thank you & best wishes, Soi Thai

  2. Hi Yashaswini, we decided to let our walls out as a forum to promote budding artists. Please google tapas basu, ajay narayan, hara prasad, rohit sharma – we hope that changes your opinion about the art. The “bar cows” are actually a favourite with patrons and ourselves 🙂 but never mind if you did not like them. Fish cakes do not use dough neither batter, but obviously the flavor was off so we will share your feedback with the kitchen as usually these receive rave reviews. Glad you liked the remainder of your meal including the sweet chilly sauce. FYI – all our dipping sauces and curry pastes are made in the kitchen. We hope to see you again. thank you & best wishes, Soi Thai

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