Soder and Ko. is one of those places I’ve been meaning to visit for a long time. It’s always on the list, we just haven’t gotten around to it.
Having my cousins in town was a perfect opportunity to try something new. Instead of C and me bringing them to one of our favorites and staring at them wondering “do you love this? We love this. We hope you love this too. Isn’t it the BEST?!” we could all be on the maiden food voyage together.
This was a happy voyage into the wacky world of Asian tapas.
We got the crispy duck sharing platter. I love crispy duck. One cousin was not sure she did. In fact, was almost positive she would not like it. Majority coaxed her around (“It’s like slow cooked pork! It is really good! You’ll love it! It’s not like duck, duck.” and other verbal gems), and she did, in fact, find it delicious. As did we all.
The less adventurous eating cousin said, “As someone who shies away from duck, it was very yummy. I also really enjoyed the sharing aspect of the meal.”
The other sharing aspects included really fantastic tempura broccoli, rich and creamy aubergine (eggplant) in a spicy soy sauce, raw beet salad, and thick sweet potato fries with toasted coconut sprinkled over it.
There was nothing left over. There was a lot of “oh my god, try this!” going around the table as we decimated our portions.
The space is vast: it’s high and long and cavernous. We sat down by the kitchen which felt much cozier than out in the main seating area under twenty-foot ceilings. The decor is of the modern Asian slant; lots of blue and white urns and vases, dark wood, and a very ancient piano that is being used as a table. That bit is not particularly modern Asian…..
Like most tapas places, you end up spending a little more than you think you will. It’s never the bargain you imagine it to be. Happily, at Soder & Ko. the food is worth it.