“Pan Asian” – the two words that have me drooling and salivating!! Well, this time around I was off to check out the newly opened Asian street food restaurant Soy Soi in Kotturpuram with a friend of mine.. After establishing Double Roti in the city, the duo Japtej Ahluwalia and Nikesh Lamba have now moved on [with Vimal Kumar (Cloud Nine Hospitality) &Vikram Mohan (VM Hospitality) ] to Soy Soi and are all set to open doors to three more restaurants in the city [around this neighborhood], one of them right next door- Savy Rasa [which was just getting ready for the launch as I walked into Soy Soi]…
A carefully curated menu put together by the team after a 3 week trip across South East Asia, mainly Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam (they will also be including dishes from Burma in the menu]…
The first thing that you see is the huge red wall with the name Soy Soi on it.. You walk in, and it is quite dark with a lit stairway showing the way. Quite a mystery till you reach the landing and enter the restaurant. And then, the decor, the long wooden long community table of sorts, moving on to a bigger hall with a beautiful mural on the wall and hand crafted bamboo light fittings completes the look. Loved the place.. There are a few tables in the bigger hall and along the far end are booths of sorts for families or large groups of 5-6 people.
The kitchen is also divided into sections- beverages, momos & satay, and the main kitchen located near the entrance.
We settled into a table for 4 and spent a few minutes taking it all in. Had a brief chat with Chef Peter Tseng [Have heard of him from his The Park days to Chap Chay and now this venture] and gave him free reign with respect to our food. Only thing we told him was we were both vegetarians. The next two hours flew by with us sampling various dishes from across the menu – Soup, Salad, Dim Sum, Satay, Khao Suey and dessert which had a bit of theatrics to it. Each dish was packed with flavour, different in terms of texture and spices.. by the end of the meal we were two happy souls…
A meal for one works out to around Rs1000/- .. But it is totally worth it..As we walked out, we were amazed that the place was packed for a weekday afternoon and quite happy to see people trying new places..
2/10, Gandhi Mandapam Rd, Chitra Nagar, Kotturpuram,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600085
Opp AMM School.
Phone: 044 2447 2557
Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂