Taking over the Brewer Street site formerly occupied by Jane Tira, Thai newcomer Wild Rice is a cool and contemporary addition to Soho’s food scene, offering traditional cuisine with a twist.
On a menu full of reinvented classic Thai dishes that are designed to be shared, diners can expect to find recognisable choices such as classic Tom Yum seafood soup, alongside the less familiar Nam Prik Ong, a spicy green chilli ‘salsa’ that’s prepared here to “grandma’s original recipe” .
First to arrive was a dish of tofu nuggets in a creamy satay sauce – delicious, rich and 100% vegan, and then the Nam Prik Ong, intensely spicy and accompanied by steamed vegetables for dipping.
Next up, the restaurant’s signature Thai avocado salad, a creamier, but just as tangy, version of its traditional papaya-based cousin.
From the larger plates, Goi Pla – thin slices of sea bass ‘cooked’ in lime juice and served with chillies and toasted rice – was a generous portion of the delicate fish topped with a zesty dressing.
Wild Rice’s iteration of the Northern Thai staple Khao Soi was packed with fall-off-the-bone chicken leg in a creamy sauce fragrant with turmeric and galangal, with the obligatory crispy rice noodles on top providing plenty of crunch – a must-order for anyone who hasn’t tried the dish before.
It also appears on the lunch menu, served with a salad and soup of the day.
With welcoming and attentive service, inventive dishes and a friendly buzz, Wild Rice is a good spot for a quick bite, casual meeting or dinner with friends before heading out into the Soho night.
Wild Rice, 28 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SR. Click here for further details.
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