05 Oct 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower
We were recommended Soi 60 by a friend and decided to try it out on Saturday, although I must admit that we were a little hesitant to try it out due to the mixed reviews. I can safely say that I was very surprised by the food, service, drinks and ambiance of the venue! My partner (who is Thai) and I absolutely loved our visit here.
It was pretty packed when we arrived at around 8pm (without a reservation unfortunately), so we had to wait by the bar (which wasn't a bad thing at all!). We ordered a couple of cocktails and waited for our tables. I must definitely recommend the Lemongrass Mojito and the Spiced Old Fashioned. Apparently, they make all their syrups and mixes in-house!! (there goes me trying to recreate one at home!! sigh...)
After being shown to our table by Mark, the manager of the restaurant, I made a note to him that my partner was Thai (she knows her food). He then proceeded to make some excellent recommendations for us (he knew his stuff!)
For starters, we had the Thai fish cakes and the picked crab on betel leaves. The fish cakes were juicy, flavorsome and had just enough spice to give us a tingly sensation on our pallets. That, combined with the betel leaves were were enough to blow us over (we were contemplating on getting another serving of the betel leaves, but had to refrain in anticipation of our mains!)
We had the beef panang curry, a peanut based thai curry with coconut, a stir fried basil chicken and a papaya salad for our mains. The gravy of the curry was rich and the beef was succulent. The chicken chunks stir fried with basil and chili was just right, and the papaya salad had all the flavors of Thailand. Chef Nam, the resident Thai guru in whites came to our table to chck (in Thai with the mrs) on us and to say hi....which really made us feel special.
For dessert, we had the coconut pannacotta and the banana fritters. Both were absolutely divine! The pannacotta was creamy and light, while the banana fritters were sweet and decadent. Both a perfect end to our evening.
If you were in the mood for authentic Thai fare at a reasonable price, with good service (probably the best at this price range) and interesting drinks, you would be doing yourselves a disservice if you didn't give this place a try. I don't know what all the negative fuss is all about, but I cant help but keep raving about this place...