Coming Soon: Soul Food Mahanakorn Black Sheep Restaurants Brings Celebrated Bangkok Establishment to Hong Kong
Hong Kong has plenty of Thai restaurants — but none that show the diversity of Thai cuisine quite like Soul Food Hong Kong. After debuting some of the most exciting openings in Hong Kong this year, including Maison Libanaise, BELON and Buenos Aires Polo Club, Black Sheep Restaurants realised there was a need for a tried and true Thai restaurant. One that respects tradition but also has a bit of fun along the way. And so a collaboration with chef-owner Jarrett Wrisley was established, to bring Bangkok’s most exciting neighbourhood Thai restaurant, which serves diverse regional Thai dishes, to Hong Kong’s dynamic SoHo district.
Seven years ago Wrisley set out to create a different kind of Thai place — one that gathered regional favorites, mostly from the North and Northeast of Thailand. Soul Food has a strong farm-to-table ethic, and makes everything in-house. Their signatures include dishes like smoked duck larb, southern Thai samosas and gaeng lang hay(Burmese pork belly curry). The flavours are honest, the cocktails are inventive, and the wines approachable. The vibe is laid-back and fun – and good times are guaranteed.
Black Sheep Restaurants co-founders Christopher Mark and Syed Asim Hussain became regulars at Soul Food Mahanakorn after multiple trips to Bangkok, one of their favourite food cities. They were impressed by Wrisley’s way of preserving the flavours of Thailand’s famous, yet fast disappearing shophouse restaurants, in a comfortable and lively setting that has become a must-visit for tourists and locals alike.
Mark and Hussain invited Wrisley to Hong Kong for a pop up in July of this year, which was met with overwhelming success. With over 300 guests served over the course of just five nights, the duo decided to make Soul Food a permanent member of the Black Sheep Restaurants family.
“Bangkok is known for its street food, its family-run shophouse restaurants, and its night markets. Unfortunately, that culture, and the dishes along with it, are slowly being phased out as the city develops,” says Black Sheep Restaurants co-founder, Syed Asim Hussain. “Soul Food is doing its part to keep these culinary traditions alive, and we are excited to share this story with our Hong Kong friends.”
Soul Food Hong Kong is the latest Black Sheep Restaurant opening in SoHo, and will welcome guests at its location on Elgin Street in autumn 2016. Stay tuned for more details!