The dinner was listed as a 5-course menu, but we actually had a dozen or so different dishes served family style in the middle of our table brought to us in order - some finger food and some in more substantial portion served with rice, and we concluded our meal with a simple dessert and a fruit platter, done Thai street-food style.
I wasn’t a particular big fan of the pair of dishes in our “second course”, but some at our table were singing praises to the smoky eggplant salad with the house-cured bacon, fried shallot, mint and coriander. The second one, another salad with raw banana flower, chili jam, thai basil and crispy catfish, was okay, but nothing interesting enough for us to get a second spoonful from the plate.
The desserts were quite typical of what you would expect from just about every Thai restaurant, with a small bowl of Bua Loi, a sweet coconut soup served warm with tapioca pearls, taro and pumpkin, plus a dish of fresh tropical fruits (sour mango and rose apples) served with chili salt. We were happy with both.
Overall the service was very nice – staff was friendly and there were plenty around. Nonetheless, a few hiccups here and there - as most of the cooking was done in the open kitchen just behind our table and the dining area, the entire room became unbearably hot as the night progressed. "Becoming like a sauna...", said my friend, and I was literally dripping head to toe. And I thought they could have done a better job in pacing the dinner, instead of making us wait for over 20 minutes for the dessert which they should have been prepared well in advance.
While my palate towards Thai cuisine wasn’t picky enough to differentiate the good and the great restaurants, I thought the dinner was enjoyable. There’s nothing mind-blowing, but all the dishes presented were done right and they did manage to feed us with many many dishes, some of them signature items at their Bangkok restaurant. So it’s a good introductory meal to me – if I happened to be back to Bangkok, I may go and check them out.
Sorry for the poor quality pictures not doing the food any justice - I brought along a wrong lens and the lighting inside the restaurant wasn't the most forgiving type for my mistake. Anyway, I like the food - and now you have my words for it.
When? July 21 2016
Where? Soul Food Mahanakorn pop-up, Elgin Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Menu Highlights? Khao Soi Cowboys, pulled pork in khao soi on a brioche slider, crispy shallot and mustard pickle.
Soul Food Mahanakorn: www.soulfoodmahanakorn.com
Black Sheep Restaurants: blacksheeprestaurants.com.hk