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So Yum, Hyde Park

So Yum, Hyde Park
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Cost
R150
Ambience
Family friendly
Food
Asian, Chinese, Modern
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Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
A large Asian menu greets you with a plethora of choices which requires some attentive reading. The menu ranges from dim sum, salads, soups, curries, sizzling specialities, noodles, sushi and a dessert selection.

Their expertise lies in dim sum and some of the sizzling dishes. Try the steamed buns with honey BBQ fillings of pork, duck or vegetables in a fluffy white bun. The spicy minced lamb gyoza is a triumph: the dumpling has a perfectly crisp base, filled with fiery lamb and a well-balanced dipping sauce. The Hong Kong pears are a signature starter and comprise of two rather filling potato dumplings stuffed with duck, chicken and prawn. The sushi was perfectly formed and had lovely fresh fish but was marred by the dry overly sweet rice. For a low GI or banting option try the wrap sensation, a spinach cone you can fill with a combination of ginger, lemon, chilli, nuts, onion and lemongrass, topped with roasted coconut and the chef's secret sauce. Great for a light start.

There is also a range of hearty Thai curries, Peking duck and their famous sizzling beef served on a hot plate. Complete your meal with a decadent duo of white and dark chocolate mousse balls called Thai silk or the deep-fried chocolate dumplings coated in sesame seeds.

Drinks
A good selection of easy drinking wines and a comprehensive cocktail menu with unique options. Try the cucumber ginger mojito or the cherry, coriander and pineapple martini.

Service
Friendly and keen staff could have a better understanding of the menu but are relatively efficient.

Ambience
Located on the bottom level of the Hyde Park shopping centre, the restaurant is clad in black and dimly lit. This, unfortunately, does not hide the wear and tear – the tables and space looks a bit worn and unloved.

The restaurant is split into three areas: two shops across from each other, with tables in the passage space in between. One area has couches and a bar, which is great for a drink before a movie or between shops.

And...
Look out for specials during winter. They offer a three-course meal with great selections at reasonable prices.

(September 2016)

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  • Zodwa Kumalo Valentine

    Food
    It’s a somewhat overwhelming menu, requiring you to carefully read through all the options before arriving at your choice of either dim sum or what they describe as “Asian bites”, which come either steamed, deep-fried, rolled in spring roll pastry, wrapped in translucent rice pastry or paper or spinach cone. Then there’s sushi, curries, soups, salads, noodles and ramen and meat, poultry and fish prepared Asian style. A good way to open up the palate without sealing off your appetite is with the Wrap Sensation – you fill your own spinach leaf with a combination of ginger, lemon, chilli, nuts, lemon grass, roasted coconut and the chef’s secret sauce, to wrap into bite-sized cones. The Hong Kong Pears are a signature starter and comprise of two rather filling potato dumplings stuffed with duck, chicken and prawn. The Bang Bang duck is hot (but not as fiery as described) and comes served with green beans, lemon grass, chilli, garlic and Thai herbs. The Beef Basil, recommended by the waiter – a stir-fry of beef, basil and chilli – could easily be replicate at home. All main courses require you to order a separately charged side dish, which does unfortunately drive up the price of your meal somewhat dramatically. One side dish is enough to share between two or even three average eaters, though. If you still have space for dessert, try the Thai Silk – a decadent duo of white and dark chocolate mousse balls, or the chocolate sesame balls, which are deep-fried dumplings coated in sesame seeds.

    Drinks
    The cocktails are definitely worth trying out. A personal favourite is cucumber and ginger mojito. The wine list offers a contemporary selection including Boekenhoutskloof’s The Chocolate Block, Creation Viognier, Neil Ellis Elgin wines and even a Goede Hoop dessert wine. Not to be missed are the tea’s named “Jasmine fairy”, “Double happiness” and “Falling in love again” to name a few, to round off a good meal

    Service
    Less chatter among wait staff and front of house might make for more attentive service.

    And …
    There is a kids’ menu but patrons need to enquire about options directly from waiters.

  • Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

    Food
    It’s a somewhat overwhelming menu, requiring you to carefully read through all the options before arriving at your choice of either dim sum or what they describe as “Asian bites”, which come either steamed, deep-fried, rolled in spring roll pastry, wrapped in translucent rice pastry or paper or spinach cone. Then there’s sushi, curries, soups, salads, noodles and ramen and meat, poultry and fish prepared Asian style. A good way to open up the palate without sealing off your appetite is with the Wrap Sensation – you fill your own spinach leaf with a combination of ginger, lemon, chilli, nuts, lemon grass, roasted coconut and the chef’s secret sauce, to wrap into bite-sized cones. The Hong Kong Pears are a signature starter and comprise of two rather filling potato dumplings stuffed with duck, chicken and prawn. The Bang Bang duck is hot (but not as fiery as described) and comes served with green beans, lemon grass, chilli, garlic and Thai herbs. The Beef Basil, recommended by the waiter – a stir-fry of beef, basil and chilli – could easily be replicate at home. All main courses require you to order a separately charged side dish, which does unfortunately drive up the price of your meal somewhat dramatically. One side dish is enough to share between two or even three average eaters, though. If you still have space for dessert, try the Thai Silk – a decadent duo of white and dark chocolate mousse balls, or the chocolate sesame balls, which are deep-fried dumplings coated in sesame seeds.

    Drinks
    The cocktails are definitely worth trying out. A personal favourite is cucumber and ginger mojito. The wine list offers a contemporary selection including Boekenhoutskloof’s The Chocolate Block, Creation Viognier, Neil Ellis Elgin wines and even a Goede Hoop dessert wine. Not to be missed are the tea’s named “Jasmine fairy”, “Double happiness” and “Falling in love again” to name a few, to round off a good meal

    Service
    Less chatter among wait staff and front of house might make for more attentive service.

    And …
    There is a kids’ menu but patrons need to enquire about options directly from waiters.

    October 2015

  • Food
    The latest addition to the Wang Thai family has been a hit with diners. Contemporary Asian cuisine is on the menu with a range of dim sum and Thai- and Vietnamese-inspired dishes. On offer are the group’s must-have Hong Kong pears (potato dumplings stuffed with duck, chicken and prawn), while the spinach and cream cheese dumplings melt in the mouth. The prawn pad Thai is authentic and the shredded roasted duck and cabbage salad, with its fiery, fragrant and fresh dressing, is a delight on hot days.

    Wine
    A small if somewhat pricey wine list; there are also good cocktails on offer.

    Service
    A little on the slow side when things are pumping.

    Ambience
    Trendy and eclectic with green glass and gold hues.

    And...
    Save space for a special infused tea – one of the restaurant’s specialities. (JW, September 2010)

User reviews

  • HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE SERVICE!and staff think they are over smart.I asked for sparking water they bring still & waiter says its my mistake.I order veg pad thai and they bring Prawn.After I ask them to change they say chef gone at (21:02) 30 sec after my food is kept on the table.when I say I should not be charged,the manager takes the existing food ordered for my hubby from the table,saying they cant eat if they dont want to pay!Really?Bring wrong order,dont have a solution to replace it then the guts to take the food away.DISGUSTING!Manager Eric is beyond arrogant.Got so pissed paid R600 bill without anyone eating any main course.
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  • Wonton soup with pork dumplings resulted in 2 days of food poisoning and unbearable cramps.

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  • Tasty food, exceptional and intuitive service. Good wine and atmosphere. Well worth the cost.

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  • Had my dinner-club here earlier this week. Service was a bit rushed, and non-attentive. Dim sum was good, as always. The Peking Duck was slightlly dry, unfortunately. Sure it was just an off night.

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  • All I can say is, Yum! My partner and I had several of the dim sum dishes - each one was lovingly paired wtih a distinct dipping sauce - pork sumai, prawn gau, spring rolls....the list goes on. Absolutely recommended!

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  • Easily one of the best restaurants I have been to in some time. With an impressive assortment of dishes on offer, one can easily run up a large bill, but it will be a credit card slip you sign with a satisfied smile on your face! Hong Kong pears, scallop dumplings, crispy money bags with chicken celery, pan-fried salmon dumpling, crystal salad rolls - just some of the amazing bite-size treats to order for your table, perfect for sharing. The cocktails are best-in-class - highly recommend the chili raspberry martini for a cocktail with a difference! A definite must try restaurant with very informed and helpful staff and exquisite interior decor.
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  • Awesome place.
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  • My friends and I went to So Yum specifically for the dim sum. We had a big spread of it and really enjoyed the options a lot. They are slightly more pricey than some other places but I think the qaulity was good and the tastes interesting. (their Bau was great)The satays were particularly enjoyable as many places overcook them and serve them quite dry whereas these were tender and tasty.They must note on their menu that the salmon roses are not available - we were looking forward to them!Our waiter was great - very enthusiastic, giving suggestions but not in-your-face. He had a good knowledge of the tea menu which has interesting choices and is served nicely.We enjoyed the ambience and liked how the place was decorated.We will definitely go back.
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  • Dined at So Yum for lunch on Saturday 27 March 2010. The first thing that struck me was the decor -very modern and clinical - I liked it and felt that it was in tune with the food offered.The service was good, attentive and food came out of the kitchen fairly quickly - very important to what I believe is essentially an up market dim sum establishment.My partner and I ate across the dim sum menu - we went for the signature Hong Kong pears - I enjoyed these - my partner was less enthused so I guess it comes down to personal preference. Definitely try them though! The dim sum come three in a portion and the salmon roses weren’t on the menu (apparently in conflict with the sushi brigade one shop down...). Overall the dim sum were nice without being earth shattering, very nicely served albeit sold at higher prices (average apx R40-45 / 3) than other good Chinese shops particularly those in Cyrildene - but lets remember you are in Hyde Park. The Pad Thai noodles were pretty good too and in comparison to my visit to Singapore and Malaysia last year - a very good effort indeed. In Sandton there is nothing else like So Yum - and that will do them a favour.If you enjoy dim sum, and don’t mind paying a little more for the convenience of an elegant shopping centre and prefer modern surroundings - So Yum is for you. And yes I would return!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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