If you’re eating clean (in the organic way, not paleo), Soul Food Mahanakorn has all that and more to offer, using mostly organic and sustainable produce with everything made from scratch in their kitchen.
Just a tipple bit more
For a restaurant that’s lauded more for its food, it has an extensive drinks list, with a pretty creative cocktail menu by their inhouse mixologist. With cocktail names like Sukhumvit Bitters and Bangkok Bastard (about S$10 each) – we seem to fall short as a culinary capital with a single Singapore Sling. The cocktails reflect Thai culinary condiments like lime, chilli, ginger, coconut, lemongrass, and tip towards a fresher and clean palate – perhaps a good start to the richer foods that lie ahead.
Their two-page wine list and 4 craft beers show a deep regard for pairing as these are selected to go with the menu. For the full drinks menu, click here.
Authentic regional Thai food
SFM specialises in Thai street food from the region, and believes in the unadulterated freshness in flavours from organic food, and supports sustainable farming. Honestly, I was sold just on that.
It was really tough navigating through the menu and deciding what to have, especially when there were only 2 of us. Further complicating things, there were daily specials as well. My next instinct was simply to ask for recommendations on the menu, and the wait staff was not only well-informed on what the favourites were, they knew what goes into the dishes specifically, and the preparation steps.
We went ahead with her recommendations, which included a Wing Bean Salad with Fried Chicken (a daily special), the Sticky Tamarind Ribs (S$12), Green Peppercorn Curry with Pork Cheeks (S$10), Stir-fried Vegetables (S$6) – which at this point we were told it’s sufficient, but being greedy we went ahead to order the Thai Seafood Omelette (S$9) anyway. The Wing Bean Salad was tangy, only slightly spicy, and had a really good texture as it wasn’t cooked through deliberately. The Sticky Tamarind Ribs was a show-stopper, with the tender braised pork falling off the bone as we chowed through it. The sourness of the tamarind was super balanced with the caramelized pineapple and the burnt flavours gave it a fragrant ‘wok-hei’ effect.
Thai red curries can do no wrong plus the lamb seemed pre-cooked sous vide style and was well-seasoned by itself. The curry was the best accompaniment to the fragrant jasmine rice, creamy and with the right amount of spiciness. The omelette wasn’t a wow dish, but deep fried in the right amount of oil, it was crispy and generously topped with prawns and squid. It was almost impossible to avoid the carbs in this sitting as we struggled sharing a bowl of rice, only to order another to drizzle the tamarind sauce and curry.
Coming together nicely
The restaurant had a very strong expatriate following, with largely Caucasian diners – perhaps the reason why the dishes were customisable in spice levels. And overall, it was very well put together with a really impressive cocktail menu, an extensive food menu with specialties from various regions which will get diners coming back over and over again to try it all. The CSR element is a strong draw as well – you’ll feel deeply satisfied that you are indirectly contributing to sustainable farming!
Stay tuned for new additions to the list of where to get the best Thai food in Bangkok!
Review Rating: 8.5/10
Soul Food Mahanakorn
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Soi Thong Lor)
Bangkok, Thailand, 10110
Hours: Daily from 5.30pm to 12mn
Nearest BTS station: Thong Lo Station, Exit 3
Reservations: By phone or email only
Tel: +66-(0)-2714-7708, +66-(0)-8590-42691 (taking calls from 3pm only)