Restaurants Wild Rice and Mamasan, separate restaurant concepts, are now open in Soho – the ground floor is home to Wild Rice, which serves up Thai-inspired small plates and the more casual Mamasan is downstairs, where the menu features street food dishes like southern fried Thai chicken and spicy larb fries with toasted rice.
There’d be nothing to stop you starting with a few dishes in one restauant before moving on to another, but we decided to take each one separately and recently went by for dinner at Wild Rice. It’s not the most atmospheric restaurant you’ll ever visit but the food is very good indeed.
We kicked of with a fresh Thai-style seabass ceviche with fish sauce and toasted rice, plus crispy mixed mushrooms, seasonal vegetables, signature chilli and lime dressing – it was a bit like a mushroom larb and an excellent one at that.
The Khao Soi chicken surry was a bit heavy on the crispy noodles and the sauce didn’t quite have the same depth of flavour that you’ll find in Chiang Mai but it was a decent effort nonetheless. Best of the night was the special fried rice with prawns, bacon, chillis, and a golden pickeld egg yolk on top – mix it though and it coats everything together into a big sticky, satisfying dish.
By Soho standards, prices aren’t bad at all so if you’re looking for a new quick dinner spot in central, this one’s well worth checking out.
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28 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0SR