Soho – South Melbourne Hotel

Note: Soho – South Melbourne Hotel is now closed. 
I love getting tips about new restaurants so was happy when my friend JJ said a Gourmet Chick reader had a recommendation for a recently opened restaurant in South Melbourne.  Soho is new enough that it doesn’t show up on Google Maps properly yet but just look for the old Palace by Luke Mangan.  The place has had a makeover with the restaurant flowing easily between inside and outside thanks to lots of courtyards which even include a tiki bar.  It’s the perfect place to head on a summers night.

Son in law eggs at Soho

The three of us headed there to dinner to check out the food which is Thai hawker style.  There’s son in law eggs ($21) topped with crispy eschalots and a sweet and sour caramel sauce in a style reminiscent of Ginger Boy.

Chicken satay skewers at Soho

There are lots of little dishes that are good for sharing like the chicken satay skewers which are topped with a kaffir lime and coconut crumble ($15).  The chicken erred on the dry side but the crumble topping added a good contrast to the satay sauce.

Ginger crusted squid at Soho

The ginger crusted squid ($21) could have done with a dose more of salt and pepper but the squid itself was springy with a good crunch to the coating.

Eye fillet salad at Soho

The eye fillet salad ($26) made with top quality Cape Grim beef served rare and topped with shredded radishes, tomato and coriander, was one of my favourite dishes of the night.  Overall, the emphasis at Soho is more on being a fun, relaxed place to catch up with friends over drinks and food rather than a serious dining experience.  This food is Asian lite and is lacking the chilli hit you would expect from this sort of food, although in fairness the menu does carry a note saying “Most of our dishes are mild. Let us know if you like your meal spicy”.  Come here for a catch up with friends and make sure it’s the sort of night that you can make the most of the outdoor areas.

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Details: Soho – South Melbourne Hotel,  505 City Road, South Melbourne, 3205 (Ph 03 9699 6410)
Damage: Reasonable.

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  1. Ooh the dishes are plated so pretty! Interesting it’s gastro pub but with a Thai twist.

  2. Looks yummy! What are “son in law” eggs?

  3. Ashley – Yes the dishes were really beautifully plated and nice crockery as well

    Blonde – Oh you have to have some! They are an Asian dish of deep fried soft boiled eggs. Sooo good particularly with some chilli jam.

  4. I like the idea of the dishes from your photos and descriptions but when I read ‘Asian lite’ I’m sceptical. Worth a visit from the northside you reckon?

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