SOHO St. entered the bustling Koramangala food scene around Aug last year with its offering of a massive gastronomic spread, spanning 7 cuisines across the globe. And all that at a reasonable price, a great ambiance and top notch service. It did create quite a splash in the Koramangala food scene and I have been hearing a lot of good things about it from my friends and in foodie circles for sometime. Finally managed to get a first hand experience only last week !
I guess the name and theme are based on the namesake street and locality in London which again is considered a melting pot of different cuisines and eateries. The ambiance as you can see from the pics above is very tasteful and chic. I was told that the owners are so passionate about the look and feel that they keep adding to the decor with knick knacks, pieces and ideas they pick up on their international trips. The restaurant is very large with a capacity for more than 200 people and opens out onto two streets (the main hosur road opposite to Forum Mall and the other on a parallel back street in which you can find Little Italy and Malabar Bay).
In terms of food, SOHO St. offers a huge variety and spread from different international cuisines. I was told that on an average they have 70-80 items on their buffet. The format is mostly self-service but they do serve certain items on the table like live grills and some others to be ordered and picked up from their live counters like salad, pasta, pizza etc. To name all the sections, they have a fully stocked bar whipping up fantastic cocktails, a Soup station, a Live Pasta/Pizza/Salad Counter, Dessert Counter, a Cold Stone Ice-cream mixing station, a Warm starters section, a Dim-sum section, a Live & Open Grill and finally the large Main course buffet section. Plan around 2-3 hrs if you want to have all this lavish spread.
Since we had so many things to eat and drink, I will try to organize the review into different sections for ease of reading.
First, the various cocktails and mocktails,
The best among the cocktails and mocktails was the cranberry martini and the signature chocolate fruit punch.
All the Veg starters were very good. Standouts among them were the Veg Basil Dimsums (a visual treat, Kudos to the dimsum chef), Grilled Babycorn, Mushrooms and Potato Wedges, Tiny Pizzas and the Pasta. The Soya Shammi was very dry but then there is not much you can do with Soya 😉
Non Veg Starters
Again the variety of starters was amazing. Standouts for me were the Chicken Dimsums, Mustard Fish, Grilled Prawns, Crab Sushi Rolls and the Kungpao Chicken.
Standouts for me were the Thai Yellow Curry with Steamed Rice, Lal Maas, Goan Prawn Curry, Butter Chicken, Fish in Coriander Sauce, Chicken Biryani and last but definitely not the least the Kheema Pao.
Don’t go by just the pics above, there were a whole lot more. Standouts among them were the Cold Stone Icecream (Choco Vanilla Strawberry mixed with Chocolate Sauce and Candied Nuts), Caramel Custard and the Mini Kiwi Pastries.
Overall, lots of variety from different cuisines, good flavor, presentation and quality of food. What impressed me most was that in spite of the massive spread, there was no compromise on the quality or taste of food.
Service was top notch.
At 575+taxes, I think it is a steal and you can’t find another restaurant which offers so much at this price point. A definite must try for everyone !
I would rate it at a 4/5 across Ambiance, Food, Service and VFM.