After receiving kudos from the likes of BK Magazine and some of KohSpot’s friends and neighborhood goons, it was time to visit Shoshana and see what all the fuss was about. Is this place really deserving of the ‘best Israeli food joint’ accolade or is this just another example of hype gone wrong?
The basics – If you can’t make a good hummus with pita (80 baht with tahini) then you may as well not even open your doors to customers in the first place. Failing at providing authentic and tasty staples would be like trying to surf without being able to swim. You need the fundamentals to set a foundation for success and ultimately glory regardless of the goal. Here is how Shocahan stacked up on the classic dish: Minus one point for the pita as it was so ridiculously doughy it was borderline undercooked and minus two points for the hummus that was the blandest we have ever tasted. We have honestly tasted much better hummus from the local grocery store. The falafel (120 baht with salad and fries) was mediocre at best, a little on the oily side but passable if your starving. The only redeeming dish Shoshana provided was the schnitzel (120 baht) as it was hot and crispy on the outside and warm and tender on the inside.
For an “Israeli” restaurant, that’s about the sum total of the Middle Eastern options on the menu minus tabbouleh salad and something called malawach. The rest are Western and Thai dishes. KohSpot doesn’t normally worry too much about service unless we are rubbing elbows with royalty or Thaitanium at a hi-so restaurant. But the standards at Shoshana are low even for Khaosan. Twice the waitress went out of her way to hip-check our table, even though there was plenty of room between tables to walk without hitting anything. The wait staff refused to help two customers who waited patiently for almost 10 minutes before wandering off to a different establishment. The staff didn’t bat an eye at the lost opportunity for business, turned the volume up on the TV and continued their intense pursuit of becoming the first officially documented human turned zombie transformation.
Seating is limited at Shoshana, and KohSpot had no intention of taking up space after the meal, so when we requested our bill for the third time we were a bit peeved that the manager turned up to our table with an amount that was far from accurate. Is this really how you run a business? If only backpackers had a lower tolerance for being taking advantage of this place probably wouldn’t be around too long.
The pursuit continues. We remember having some decent meals at a place called Travellers on Chakrapong Road opposite Gulliver’s, but last time we checked it was impossibly crowded. Either way, we will keep hunting for quality restaurants until our Middle Eastern cuisine craving has been fulfilled. Next stop, Sukhumvit Soi 3. Any suggestions?
Location: 86 Chakrapong Road, down a small alley between Soi Rambutri and the police station.
Mass transit: You can take a bus or a river ferry, but no BTS or MRT.
Hours: 10 am-Midnight daily
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