Considering how hungry we were by the time we entered the mall, we would have opted for fast food but we wanted to make the eating experience a bit extra considering the occasion. After all, this kind of trip only comes once in a lifetime. (On the contrary my wandering mind did wish for a second, third, fourth…even countless trips to Dubai.) But we’re travelers who belong to the lower echelon of society. Chances are we’ll go for a casual dining restaurant that’ll give us a run for our money when we want special lunch or dinner.
We ended up settling at this restaurant that captivated our senses because of its striking Chinese vibe and enchanting acoustics: #SOY.
There’s more to its colorful lanterns than meets the eye. They give the ceiling and the entire place that dreamy, romantic, cozy, and whimsical feel. The kind that made us feel we were gallivanting in the streets of Shanghai.
SOY is a contemporary Asian dining concept that offers popular Chinese (and Thai) cuisines with a sprinkle of the Far East. The restaurant’s general concept is one set in the middle of serene water features and murmuring bamboos in a classical Chinese Pagoda—to ensure a memorable dining experience. Their catchphrase is, “Style is a way of life!”
We were greeted at the entrance with a pleasant smile, as if we’re VIPs, and showed to our seats. There are lots of tables and chairs inside and along the restaurant’s entrance. The kitchen is on the left with transparent glass windows that allow guests to see the chefs do their thing.
The backside is also equipped with tables and chairs enabling a good view of the skating rink below while chowing down along with two couched semi-private rooms.
We didn’t actually take pictures of the whole food. By the time the wait staff served them, we were already too hungry. The last thing that we could think of was to take pictures. We just devoured the food instantly, I must say, considering the circumstances.
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“The Ceiling Chronicles” What really drew us into Soy (Chinese Restaurant) during our visit to The Dubai Mall was its absolute Chinese ambiance. Being in it was like an instant trip to China. The motley of lanterns and interior decors that are predominantly red carry that commendatory implications in China. The country's red loving customs can be traced back to the antediluvian worship of the fire, which always sheltered people with warmth and safety. And, for the record, the food did not disappoint us. We loved each of the dishes which was timely served. We just finished our city tour, via a bus, at that moment. Needless to say there was not a grain of rice or pepper left on the plates. 😋 #storiesofthewanderingfeet #storiesofthewanderingfeetandmind #thewanderingstenographer #whenindubai #traveltodaytv #chinese #restaurant #lantern #soyrestaurant #dubai #uae
A ragbag of comfort, palatable food, and affordability is what could sum up our dining experience at SOY.
We really liked it; in fact, we went back here for dinner the following day or before we flew back to Riyadh. The above photo is a testament.
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