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“Good Thai street food for both Farang and Thai”
Review of Soi 3

Soi 3
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Ranked #527 of 1,006 Restaurants in Rotterdam
Price range: US$8 - US$19
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good Thai street food for both Farang and Thai”
Reviewed 23 June 2014

After 18:00 the center of Rotterdam is empty as it was bombed by 56 Heinkel HE-111’s, even after 74 years. Either you love Rotterdam or you hate it, and nothing in between. Fortunately nowadays the quarter known as China Town, in reality a cultural mixed enclave, is still alive. Since half a year Soi3 opened its doors serving Thai street food. Thai food enjoys popularity in the Netherlands but everybody considers himself as an expert on Thai food. Accompanied by two born and raised Thai females, we put them to the test. Street food in Thailand is served within the blink of an eye. At Soi3 you are allowed to enjoy the trendy scenery and have a meaningful conversation enjoying Thai beer (both Singha and Chang) but also artisanal Dutch Budels and Czech(!) Budweiser. It was a good start. In Thailand every seller of street food in general only serves one dish, as a signature dish. Fortunately the menu at Soi3 is more extensive but not so as your average Chinese restaurant. The ladies chose noodle soup which got 7.5 out of 10. The papaya salad (Som Tam) was good but not spicy enough, the fishcakes had a good structure and a nice hint of Thai basil. My Pad Thai was good as well, a huge portion with lots of chicken but a bit low on tasty tofu. The condiments enabled us to adjust the taste to our preference. This is a good thing as not all Farang (= Caucasians) like it as spicy as the Thai, and even the Thai needs the condiments to adjust the meal to his/her specific taste.
All and all even in Thailand this restaurant would stand the litmus test, but in the Fatherland the competition is fiercer.

  • Visited June 2014
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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102 restaurant reviews
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“The Pad Thai is excellent”
Reviewed 11 April 2014

SOi 3 is quite new. When we arrived at 7pm we were one of only three groups of diners, but within half an hour prospective diners were being turned away. There are 2 basic reasons for this evident popularity: very good food, amply portioned: I can honestly say that the Pad Thai here was among the best I've ever had and excellent value for money. Service is friendly and surprisingly efficient considering how busy it became. Also the tables are not too close together and the music was not intrusive so the place hums with people enjoying decent conversation. Highly recommended!

  • Visited April 2014
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