My personal highlight: Waterspinach prepared in the wok with an original smoked taste – Quality food that is authentic and genuine all prepared fresh
Soi Thai is a pop up Street Food Restaurant & bar located at Rämistrasse 24 up at the hill towards Promenade Parking close to an immense green garden. The pop-up is managed by Valentin Diem and Patrick Schindler. New in the team is Felix Schulenburg, he is the former Sous-Chef of the famous Bangkok based restaurant Bo.lan. The room I enter is long and narrow. Long time ago this was the home of a rope making factory – Die Alte Seilerei Denzler. The music is authentic thai, the floral decoration invites your mind to travel to a side street of Bangkok. Valentin explains to me, that Soi Thai means a side street in Thai, makes much sense!
Here no reservation is accepted and 1h of queueing is absolutely normal. First comes, first serves. Enjoy a traditional Thai Cocktail as the Tamarind Gin Tonic or a house coke. Sit on the authentic plastic chair directly imported from Thailand while waiting. I suggest to be there around 17.30 or 18.00 latest to mind the queue.
The concept of Soi Thai is simple, all ingredients are imported from Thailand to make the food as authentic as possible. Their recipes, as the sticky mango rice, follow ancient preparation as the use of of smoked Jasmin candle to cook the rice.
The size of the plates are ideal to share with friends. A main attraction of the open space kitchen is the wok for me, the flame gets giant! It gives that super tasty smoked flavor I loved on my water spinach.
The whole staff moves fast and agile, so many odors as garlic, sour, sweet or even chili tickle my nose.
The signature dish to recommend
Chicken Gai Yang: A grilled chicken on marinated turmeric, garlic, coriander root, palm sugar and fish sauce. The sauce that comes with the chicken: super tasty, but spicy! Try their water spinach – Phak Buung Fai Daeng and the papaya salad – Som tam. Sharing plates is the best way to experience the menu. The daily special I had was a grilled chicken salad with litchi & a coconut sauce. Try the dish Larp. This meat salad is seasoned with fish sauce and lime juice. The minced pork is boiled and roasted, aromatized with chili, coriander, mint and spring onions.
The prices for a main vary between 14 CHF and 19 CHF.
Address: Rämistrasse 24, 8001 Zurich, Kreis 1
Opening hours: MON- SAT 17.30 to 23.30 Uhr
It is on until September 16, 2018 so hurry up!
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