So it has been a while since I have written one of these and even though I argued with my sister that I should be paid for writing these (if you are good at something, never do it for free), I surely am glad I got the chance to revisit this now adopted “hobby” of mine. So this time I visited Soy, at Khan Market and establishment that opened up sometime last year.
Soy is a Chinese restaurant nestled in Khan Market’s now infamous middle lane. People who grew up in Delhi and studied here would know that Khan Market’s middle lane has gone through all sorts of changes in the past 10 years or so. I remember back in 2003 there was only a Khan Chacha (near where the big chill is nowadays) and a Chonas in the middle lane with a few other apparel boutiques scattered around the lane. So though over-all the market is very different with way more people and places cropping up, but visiting Khan Market after a couple of years it is good to see the Middle Lane resembles what is used to be 10 years ago, apart from the fact that now they have more restaurants. Although opened about 8 months back, Soy, one of the new Chinese cuisine restaurants that have come at Khan has gone a little under the radar, which is surprising for the good quality of food it serves and most would only recognize the brand from their food court franchise Soy Express.
When we walked in we were immediately impressed by Soy’s ambience and décor. Going up those stairs we seemed to have been transported to another portal where away from the tiny, messy middle lane of khan market we found ourselves in a beautiful restaurant containing interiors with a clear Asian influence;clean straight lines, with wood work and oriental motif on fabric, along with origami birds hanging above one section, leading to a beautifully manicured terrace. The kind of décor which spells fine-dining without it being too in your face and make you uncomfortable and under-dressed. Before I get to the menu I should point that I was very impressed on seeing the Wok section. During my time as a student recently a lot of my meals came by visiting Wok restaurants and ordering a comfort food bowl of rice, meat, a spicy sambal sauce – great for those weekend hangovers. Unfortunately my excitement was watered down by the manager of Soy who, quite rightly, suggested we order some a la carte and not ruin our appetite with a bowl of wok.
They offered us gracious servings of salad, soup and appetisers that included a Tangy Chicken Salad, I not being a big fan of salad was genuinely impressed by the flavours and lightness of this dish. After that we had some good old chicken hot & sour soup and portions of Wasabi Prawns, Prawn firecrackers and an assortment of dimsum. Both the prawns and dimsum were absolutely magnificent.Then the waiter brought us a prawn speciality called Sauteed Jumbo Prawns in Thai Sweet Chilli sauce and I have to admit that it was the best portion of Jumbo Prawns I have ever eaten in Delhi. One usually avoids ordering Jumbo Prawns due to the risk of they remaining undercooked but at Soy this was never a concern. A greatly balanced dish that had prawns cooked perfectly, not too raw just right.For the main course we had some Fish with Scallion and Oyster Mushroom, Fiery Chicken Hunan Sauce along with some rice and noodles. The portions were huge and the food provided great flavour. With the freshest ingredients, Soy made sure we had a thoroughly wholesome experience. If I have one criticism – although it was hard to muster one, it would be that the food was not as spicy as we would have wanted. But all in all a great experience and if Soy Express is as good as this restaurant then I would definitely stop by the food courts in DLF Mall Saket and Vasant Kunj for some dimsum. I do look forward to returning to Soy in Khan Market and making my own tossed Wok (Meat, Prawns, Spicy BBQ sauce and rice) to really test the variety of food offered at this establishment. Maybe my sister allows me another chance to review this place and cover the rest of their delectable menu. I hope after reading this you give Soy and Khan market a fair chance.
Price: Meal for two- Rs.2500 with alcohol. A Wok however is only about Rs. 600 (a meal in itself)
Rating: Butter Chicken
Rating Scale: Tinda – 0, Idli – 1, Salad – 2, Butter Chicken – 3, Kakori Kebabs – 4, Grandmother’s cooking – 5