Phone: 022 41274687, 022 27812335
Address: Inorbit Mall, First Floor,Sector 30 A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Time: 12 Noon – 12 Midnight
Meals for two: Rs. 1,100
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Facilities: Home Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Available, Mall Parking, Indoor Seating, Smoking Area, Wifi, Brunch, Buffet
I got into a whole different orbit in more ways than one. Navi Mumbai itself was a totally different Mumbai. And its Inorbit Mall spins in an orbit of its own, too. A behemoth of gleaming lights, it’s cacophonic, jam-packed and bustling. It buzzed on many different floors and offered as many dining options as shops.
Guiding me through this was a gallant young man, who’d been here, done that. He skillfully steered me past wild-eyed determined shoppers and those who had come into the air conditioned cool of the mall just to ogle. And we lined up behind the hungry ones, prowling around for the kill like us. We zeroed in on Soy Street because I was curious to know what a Pan Asian restaurant in a Navi Mumbai mall would be like.
Soy Street, Vashi, Navi Mumbai: Decor
Pleasant, cheery decor greeted us. Black and white painted walls and TV sets. Black wooden tables, blue floor, large wellstocked bar counter and well lit open terrace, too.
Soy Street, Vashi, Navi Mumbai: Food
Pan Asian (which takes within its sweep Burma to Japan) and surprise! Surprise! South Indian, too. It’s the crispy, vibrantly spiced chatpatta Bangkok chicken that we enjoyed the most. Chicken lollipop, mutton chilli… tasty Chindian dishes.
Soft cubes of paneer paired well with crackling spinach. From chilli straw potatoes to veg Manchurian, the dishes were fine-tuned to the Indian palate. There was plenty for vegetarians. Their vegetarian Khao Suey was tasty but needed more accompaniments. Filling, big stir fry bowls offer the choice to mix and match the sauces (chilli garlic to Hunan) and toppings (chicken, tofu and more), and they are good options if you’re in a hurry, hungry, and in need of a nourishing meal.
The South Indian fare nose-dived. Bland, lacklustre stew, ditto for the Gassi. Soggy appams. Small portions that were highly priced. In the Asian section, the sushi needed fine-tuning and there were some strange combinations (Pesto Bocconcini Sushi). Thick-skinned dimsum with tasty fillings. Avoidable desserts (Blueberry Red Velvet Cheesecake).
This restaurant jostles for attention and bends over backwards to please. It serves Thai, Vietnamese, sushi and Burmese, as though all that was not enough. South Indian, too. Here’s the surprise — the Asian fare is far better than the South Indian.
They offer a value for money lunch buffet (Rs. 650), too. Do check if they still do the lunch boxes. It has a well-stocked bar and is open throughout the day. So, if you’re in the vicinity and looking for crowd-pleasing, chatpatta Asian meals, then go to Soy Street.