Soy, Ibn Battuta Mall

by Jannat & Pawan Manghnani on October 30th, 2016

About

SOY is a modern Asian dining concept offering popular Chinese flavours and a sprinkle of the far-east. Their menu offers a variety of all time favourites and exciting interactive concepts, which are sure to leave you spell bound. 

Review

My wife really wanted to try Soy, because she passes it like literally everyday after her gym, AND she is big oriental fan. So, this one Thursday night my sisters and she hijacked me to this restaurant with much gusto, and I had no choice but to go with the flow, because all 3 of them had decided that is only where they are going to eat. Now, we had no reservations so I hoped maybe we might not get a table but surprising a lot of tables were free at a 9pm on a Thursday night. Anyways..

Food

I skimmed through the menu, but the women were in charge that day and they already had though about what they wanted to eat. So we placed our order real quick. 
BBQ Chicken Dimsums:

I mean, this was a no-brainer because hello! my wife LOVES dimsums. The sad thing was everything arrived together so everyone was bit overwhelmed as to begin with what. Anyways for the dimsums, there were 6 orange-ish red packages of pasty goodness. I say pasty because the skin was too thick for our liking and goodness because the filling was spectacular! We obviously inhaled them in a few seconds, max. There was a in-house chilli sauce that made ALL the difference in the world! 
Peking Duck Rolls:

I am a big fan of these ever since my wife introduced these to me like a year back, so why not try it when it is there on the menu, and also because this was my choice of food dish to order! It arrived in all its glory with duck breast sliced perfectly, the cucumber and the spring onions juliennes with plum sauce and the steaming pan cakes.  It looked so good that I was sure it would taste equally amazing, but the biggest bummer was that the duck was a bit too dry because probably it was overdone, and there is literally no respite for that! We ate a few and then just left the rest. It pinched a bit because duck is quite expensive, so it was definitely not worth it.
Sweet and Sour Chicken:

My sister raved about this dish since the time we sat in our car to leave for Soy, which is like 15 minutes long, and sadly this dish was the most disappointing thing on our table that night. Firstly, it was not even remotely warm and then to top it off it was sooooo damn sweet it could easily pass off as a dessert, and lastly the chicken was extremely overcooked, almost to the point of being crispy chips! It was definitely one of the worst dishes I have ever had in my life. Do.Not.Order!
Kung Pao Chicken:

This was one of the best we got served that night. The chicken was not drenched in soya sauce or was extremely spicy. In fact we were surprised it tasted pretty good and the quantity luckily was enough for two people to eat with rice, so not bad at all. The dish had too many cashews but it was definitely tolerable! 
Chicken Green Thai Curry with Jasmine Rice:
The second winning dish for the night. This was served on a flaming pot and the flavours were so subtle and not trying so hard to be Thai, which in my opinion is pathetic, when the lemongrass or the coconut milk overpowers like everything. The portion size was a good shareable type and we did have to call for two portions of steamed rice with it! Actually, in retrospect we felt we could definitely come back for this. Not bad at all.. 

Rating

​Interiors –
Excellent

Location –
Excellent

Ambiance –
Good

Value for Money –
Bad

Service & Hospitality –
Average

Quality & Taste of Food –
Good

Cost –
About AED75-100 Per PAX

​Cuisine –
Chinese, Thai, Asian

Phone –
04 3685474

Address –
​China Garden, Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai

Verdict

Soy, had its highs and lows with us, and we unanimously felt that it was a pretty average restaurant with very average food, especially for the price that we paid. Zaroob that has opened up newly, in the same area would have been a much better choice! The food is nothing that will blow your mind and at the same time it is not tragic either. But, if I were you, I would spend my money someplace better! 

Power Couple & Lifestyle Bloggers Jannat Manghnani (@PriyankaVidhani) & Pawan Manghnani (@AyaashPaw) love food. It's the only thing they eat. They embark on a unique adventure every evening trying to break free from the routine while soaking in a new experience, well detailed into blogs so friends & family can benefit from them. Read about the entire experience by checking out their various blogs. Remember, A drop of ink may make a million think.


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