Soju Girl, Civic: Saturday, 19 May 2012
Glass of 2010 Domaine Vissoux ‘les griottes’ Gamay, Beaujoulais France for L
The Geisha cocktail for E
Tiradito of King Fish, Yuzu, white soy, radish
Battered cauliflower, radish
Soft shell crab, som tom salad, citrus dressing
Crispy pork hock, red date puree, black vinegar caramel
Chocolate fondant, salted caramel, peanut butter ice cream
Strawberry shortcake, rosewater, meringue
E - 5/5
To start I ordered myself a cocktail named The Geisha, perfectly matching my new Japanese styled haircut. It was strong and peppery!
Each delightful mouthful of the King Fish hit me with a wave of refreshing flavours, and was definitely my favourite dish of the night.
The cauliflower was dense and beautifully cooked with a light battered crust. It was coupled with a foam of a rich radish mayonnaise, which matched perfectly. A unique decoration of home-made rice pops accompanied this dish.
The crab hit me with a mouth-watering, salty, crunch. Perfect.
The cubes of pork were rich and homely. The meat had a great crunch, whilst the fat melted in my mouth. This dish filled us up with a warm winter feel. The red date puree was the perfect sweetener, an up-market style sauce in lieu of apple sauce, maybe? hehe
I chose the strawberry shortcake dessert. The pink cylinders consisted of a mixture of frozen strawberries, cream and sugar (I had to ask the staff what they were made of as they were too good!). The rosewater ice cream was fresh and perfect to finish the night.
The service at Soju Girl was fantastic!
L - 5/5
I had this ethereal dream last night. King fish & perfectly crisp cauliflower danced around my dreams, soft shell crab taunted me… needless to say, when I woke up there wasn’t a plate on my bedside table whispering “eat me”.
What did this mesmerising dream mean? The only logical answer: E & I dined at Soju Girl last night. What could possibly be wrong with this place? Even the bathrooms smell like a citrus explosion of sweet love.
Firstly, our extremely attentive waiter dazzled us with his comprehensive understanding of the menu & assured us that the only way to go was a couple of small plates to share.
We started with the tiradito of king fish, Yuzu, white soy, radish which was MIND BLOWING. I actually closed my mind and teleported to … who knows where, it was just phenomenal. This was gloriously followed by the soft shell crab, som tom salad, citrus dressing. The crab melted in my mouth and just when you think it’s all over and done the flavour of the som tom salad hits the tastebuds, a sweet & citrus dressing encasing the most beautiful ingredients that have ever been put together. Hang on, I need to stop typing and wipe the drool off the keyboard.
Desert was … beyond words & beyond comprehension. Let’s just say that when my desert spoon hit the chocolate fondant and I saw rivers of chocolate sauce flow out of it, I nearly lost it, the salted caramel peanut butter ice-cream was the perfect accompaniment and didn’t disappoint.
I count the days in anticipation till I dine there again…