Opened recently, D Soho Kitchen and Bar, located at the quiet end of Gouger Street, is a great place to enjoy Chinese cuisine. Service is quite efficient, with our dishes not taking long to be served after we have placed our orders.
One of the dishes listed as a Chef Special, the deep-fried pieces of pork in their Mainland Salty Pork were cooked just right with the crisp coating doing a good job of setting off the flesh. Much as its name suggests, the sauce the pork and vegetables were tossed in gave the dish a delectable salty flavour. The dish is best enjoyed with some rice to provide a foil to the saltiness.
Mainland Salty Pork (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ideal for sharing, the chunks of fish and tofu in the Special Fish Fillets with Tofu were tender and of a size to make eating them an enjoyable experience. The sauce contributed to the enjoyment of the dish, with a hint of spiciness that is suitable for most tastes.
Special Fish Fillets with Tofu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A good choice for a vegetable dish, the green beans in their Stir-fried Long Bean in Chilli & Garlic had the right amount of bite to them and there was enough garlic and chilli to bring out their flavour. For those wanting something unusual, the restaurant offers a variation of the dish in which the beans are cooked with peanuts.
Stir-fried Long Bean in Chilli & Garlic (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Coming in a serving of six, the crisp exterior of the Fried Pumpkin Cake provided a good contrast to the soft interior, which had enough sweetness to make eating them enjoyable. The size of the Pumpkin Cakes makes them great for a small snack or sating your appetite while waiting for your main meal.
Fried Pumpkin Cake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For dessert, we ordered their Chinese Mango Pancake. The pancake was not too thick and the combination of soft whipped cream and mango gave the dish a refreshing taste, which is perfect for finishing your meal after eating their richer dishes. A variation featuring Oreo cookies instead of mango is available for those not in the mood for mangoes.
Chinese Mango Pancake (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The restaurant is housed in a heritage looking building and the decor of heavy solid wood gives the place a formal feel. There is a mix of table and booth seating, so the setting is more like a hotel than a Chinese restaurant.