Note: This place is no longer in operation.
i have been meaning to try out this place every since I caught sight of it’s side facade from the highway. was a little surprised when i found out that it serves mainly chinese food. am so used to predicting the cuisine served based on the interior deco of the restaurant. somehow phillipe starck-ish designs doesn’t equate to chinese food. still, we were intrigued and couldn’t wait to try the food.
the menu is placed in the drawer of our table. i like how it’s categorised under types of food and drinks. the dim sum menu looks really interesting but we wanted something more filling for our dinner. from where we were seated, we could see the clean looking bar area. Encased in mirror panels, it reflected the white chairs with faces on them. a bit disconcerting to see so many faces. :p
We were served a complimentary starter of crispy breadstick like fried dough skin with julienned carrots and cucumbers. the “breadstick” were still thankfully crispy. the julienned vegetables however gave me the impression that they have been cut a long time ago. dry and tasteless. I ordered a tee smoothie by the name of “Plum blush” which was made of red plum, grapes, apple juice & shou mei tea. It was delightfully refreshing. Quite a good choice, if I may say. Was curious about all their rice roll fillings and somehow ended up ordering the Hakka Rice Roll (客家梅菜肠粉). Even though the rice roll skin was quite nice, it was a bit thick and the filling of just preserved vegetables was missing a little something. Maybe I am too used to my grandma’s filling of preserved vegetables with minced pork. Still, it was nice trying something new.
I ordered the “Three Style Eggs with Silver Fish Fried Rice” (银鱼三黄蛋炒饭) as I have always liked my 3 eggs – normal eggs, salted eggs and century eggs. lol. with bits of spring onion and a generous portion of crispy silver fish, it was rather sublime. however, the fish was a bit salty so i ended up pushing half of it to the side. My colleague ordered the noodles dish of ” La Mian with preserved vegetable dumpling in soup” (雪菜饺子煨面). The soup was clear and “sweet” (meaning fresh-tasting). She gave us a dumpling each and I really like the filling. Juicy and very flavourful. I expect if we ordered the “siew loong bao”, it would taste just as yummy.
My other colleague was feeling up to some porridge hence she ordered the Frog Legs Congee (生滚田鸡粥). I can only say it doesn’t taste any different from any of its hawker counterparts. And at RM 18 a bowl, it’s very pricey indeed. The frogs were not cooked as well, which led to half the bowl being uneaten.
Overall, I applaud Soho for it’s interesting offerings. However, service is by far lacking as most of the waiting staff seem not to know anything. Took forever for the bill to come despite the nifty button call system they have. Prices of food is also a bit on the high side. Will still want to try their dim sum menu one day as the food tastes quite good. Just have to hope for better service.
Soho by Jun 新煮意
G218, One Utama Shopping Centre (Old Wing),
No.1, Lebuh Bandar Utama,
47800 Petaling Jaya