Time Out says
*Restaurant now closed*
True to its name, Tangerine is decorated in shades of orange, contrasted against dark wood. Dim lighting and modern Thai ornaments surrounding a giant white chandelier give this little restaurant an intimate-yet-chic feel. Aside from its attractive menu of classics, it specialises in Thai tapas. More specifically, it serves bite-sized, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious treats, perfect for sharing. When food envy is your biggest enemy, Tangerine allows you to sample a plentiful array of dishes to satisfy any spice-fuelled craving.
On our visit, following a delicious complimentary amuse bouche of fresh prawn roll, we tuck into some char-grilled chicken satay ($75 for six pieces). Not only are the pieces gorgeous to look at, sitting in shot glasses full of creamy peanut sauce, but they’re also wonderfully tender and authentically tasty. The stir-fried soft shell crab with garlic and chillies ($90) are fantastic as well, bursting with flavour while also packing a significant punch.
If spice isn’t your thing then be careful with the sizzling tofu with basil and chillies ($70). It’s scrumptious but leaves more than just a tingle in your mouth. As do the chilli and garlic sizzling prawns ($88), and the minced pork with Thai chillies and kaffir lime leaves, served on fresh lettuce ($70). This is not a reason not to order these dishes, though, as the chilli enhances the flavours and makes them even more authentically Thai.
While the char-grilled pork neck with Esan-style chilli sauce ($78) is disappointingly chewy and far too salty, the pad Thai ($98) from the main menu is one of the best we’ve tried. Just make sure you save room for the mango sticky rice with coconut cream ($58) as you won’t want to miss this traditional treat.
So many Soho restaurants fall short of the mark – but Tangerine is a breath of fresh air, with friendly staff, a lovely setting and, most importantly, mind (and sometimes mouth) blowingly tasty food. Ale Wilkinson
G/F, 51 Peel St, Central, 2546 6162. Dinner for two, around $400.