Soul Food Mahanakorn a hundred meters up from the corner of Thong Lor and Sukhumvit in Bangkok and has become a staple of great Thai dining since opening.
But what do you think of when you see the words, “Soul Food”?
Our first thought was of traditional food from the American South with tables full of collard greens, mac and cheese, cornmeal, ham hocks and sweet potato pie. All cooked up by a bountiful, disciplined, hyperbole spittin’ African American chef full of sweet love and goodness.
But actually, Thonglor’s very own Soul Food restaurant is serving Thai food; Soul Thai food.
“We do serve fried chicken”, reassures the proprietor and mastermind behind the menu, Jarrett Wrisley.
When KohSpot quips, “Isn’t that kinda racist”, he cleverly replies, “Nah. The racist part is I serve it with a side of watermelon.”
Touche, Jarrett. Touche.
The restaurant is small and comfortable seating roughly 15 patrons with an additional 7 spots at the bar.
The menu offers culinary twists to traditional Thai food offering samples from around the country. This play seems to be the modus operandi for every Thai restaurant trying to provide something “different”. But Soul Food gets it right. The plates are small, portion-wise (Tapas style), but Jarrett keeps the price down encouraging you to sample a few dishes from the menu. The ribs are cooked to perfection and the fried chicken (with pickled watermelon) tugs at our taste-buds. The food is no joke; seriously, this white-boy can cook.
And its no surprise.
Jarrett, a product of the great state of Pennsylvania, is an Asian veteran and a former food journalist. So he knows a thing or two about food. Jarrett follows the philosophy that you can only be as good as your ingredients and spends his afternoons perusing local markets to find the freshest and finest quality goods for his dishes. Its this passion for quality which really puts the Soul in Soul Food (yea, we published that pun).
At the bar, drinks are created by a suave mixologist that also scavenges local and traditional spices and ingredients for his cocktails like pomelo, ginger chillies and lemongrass. We recommend the “Lychee Grass Collins” or the “Bangkok Bastard”. Beware: these drinks are strong if not masked by a great taste.
The food is absolutely delicious. One of KohSpot’s favorite new spots in town. Check it out and have a great night out in a very chilled-out soulful atmosphere.
Soul Food Mahanakorn
Address: 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor) Bangkok
BTS: walking distance from Thonglor
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