Named after Bangkok’s famous street-food market, Soi 38 first opened on Pulteney Street in 2014 with a roving focus on Thailand’s six major regions. It was a step up for co-owners Daisy Miller and Terry Intarakhamhaeng, who started the business as a street food-stall at Womad before settling into this slimline space on the corner of Pirie Street and Coromandel Place in 2021.

The former Subway has been transformed by architecture firm Walter Brooke into a warm, inviting restaurant with a striking barrel vault ceiling, flanked by curtains inspired by Thai prayer flags (before his cheffing days Intarakhamhaeng was a Buddhist monk). An open kitchen lets guests sit ringside and peer into some fire-fuelled theatre.

The menu delves deep into the regional foods of southern and western Thailand (and the country’s ethnic minority groups). A grilled section draws from northern and north-eastern Thailand, where you might see game meats such as venison (grilled and served with nam jim and tomato paste) and wild buffalo (served as tartare). Intarakhamhaeng and his team also draw from the local landscape with kangaroo tail (in a Penang red curry), marron (served with pork belly and vermicelli) and pipis (with chilli crab oil).

As well as curries, other dishes might include smoky slices of kingfish, rolled and torched and served in spicy salsa; crab legs with Asian celery, curry powder and chilli jam; and roasted eggplant with chicken larb and nam jim. Loyalists can expect Soi 38’s pan-fried chive cakes, sago peanut dumplings and crispy pork belly.

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Updated: April 22nd, 2024

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