I really wanted to like SoHo 8. For starters, it's really convenient for my flat and it's always useful to have a couple of reliable old favourites close to home. Also, I really like Yorkshire Pudding, it's sister restaurant. It was therefore so disappointing that our meal at SoHo 8 was only so-so, both in terms of service and food.
I ordered the mussels in a thai lemongrass sauce. I know that it said in the menu that the broth contained fish sauce but wow was it pungent. The problem I had was that I'd suddenly get a waft of pungent fish and my mind would automatically link it to the mussels which rather put me off eating them. It also meant that the broth wasn't great to drink as a soup because it was just so salty - a side-effect was that I was still drinking water several hours later. Even with some bread to help mop it up (HK$25 extra), we still couldn't manage that much of it.
The other issue I had with the mussels was the size of the serving. Despite being a main course, it wasn't going to fill anyone up - although this might have been different with a bit of bread and some tasty broth. In all, the dish consisted of maybe twelve mussels, one of which was fully shut. N.W.'s crab cakes were equally miniature and delicate. She also made the fundamental mistake of trying the mussel broth before she'd finished her crab cakes and couldn't really taste the crab cakes after that.
On the service front, there were a couple of small things that annoyed me: my orange juice never turned up, the waiter said it was HK$20 for bread but the bill said HK$25 (pernickety maybe but still) and two sets of bread turned up, on of which was toast and therefore not greatly suited to dipping.
Going to have to stick to the Yorkshire Pudding...
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