These days it won’t be really tough for you to find distinct cuisines everywhere in Kolkata. Oriental has gone far beyond just Chinese and Kolkata has seen the introduction of Asian cuisine. The latest and one of the best restaurants which you can definitely add to that list is SOI, The Asian Street Kitchen. This is located in the same building where Zaranj is. I was invited here for a bloggers meet, organised by Communications 2.0. Let’s get into details.
The interiors are quite well done. There is sufficient seating space for small as well as large groups. We were served from a set menu, which included some of their specialities.
Sweet Thai Basil and Rambutan Caprioska
This was a refreshing vodka based cocktail combined with thai basil and lychee crush, with a kick of lime. The flavour of basil was quite strong and aromatic which enhanced the taste of the drink to an extent.
This is one of the essentials of a Thai meal. Julienned green papaya slices were mixed with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, beans and red chillies. The salad tasted amazing. The ingredients were fresh and absolutely juicy.
Chicken satay gets more delicious ! Strips of chicken were marinated and grilled in peanut sauce. The chicken pieces were thick and tasted great. The somewhat burnt texture was perfectly done. The peanut sauce, with which the satays were coated, elevated the flavour of the satay to a new level !
Tempura prawn with sukiyaki and teriyaki sauce
This is something which nobody can resist ! The prawns were batter fried to give them a very innovative shape. They weren’t similar to the golden fried prawns you find generally at the Chinese restaurants. The coating was thin and crispy yet much spread out in the form of layers. This is a must have over here !
Corn Curd Pepper Chilli
Cream of sweet corn was deep fried and finished with fresh chopped spring onions and green chillies. The corn balls were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. This is definitely a great option for the vegetarians.
Lemon Chicken with Moon Fan rice
The moon fan rice was served on a sizzler plate. The rice had a slightly burnt taste which went well with the lemon chicken. The chicken was juicy and succulent. The lemon gravy was good, though a little sour for my palate !
Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles with Magshah Moo
The noodles was an absolute delight. Mushroom, onions, bell peppers, spring onions, etc made it an excellent dish to pair up with Magshah Moo, a spicy pork gravy dish cooked with traditional Magshah recipe. The pork was soft and tender and tasted great !
This was pork thai curry with seasonal veggies, Kaffir lime and lemongrass. This came in two variants – yellow and green. The green curry was mild and somewhat sweet while the yellow curry was spicy. These tasted excellent with steamed rice. I’m definitely coming back for the thai curries !
Overall Verdict : Must Visit !