Jason Allen 01/01/22

The Owners Of Russia's Greatest Wine-Led Thai Restaurant Are Coming To Soho

A Thai restaurant? from Russia? Named after a Hong Kong film director?

That’s the gist of Wong Kar Wine, based in St Petersburg, where it sits overlooking the Fontanka River as it pours itself into the Gulf of Finland. It was opened in 2014 by a pair of locals (Madina Kazhimova & Anna Dolgushina), and seems to have been pretty well received there. And now its owners have secured a space in Soho for a restaurant over here.

Details are currently unconfirmed as to precisely how they’ll be positioning the new eatery, but they’ll be taking over the space that was once Corazón, which was sadly shut down by the covid gremlin. But what we do know is that the whole idea in St. Petersburg is to lead with the wine, then come up with predominantly Thai dishes to match, though they’re happy to stray all over the continent if needs be.

Their signature dish over there is a plate of crispy prawns in a creamy oyster sauce, and you’ll also find the likes of a red curry with duck, some stir fried beef in black pepper, a fiery bowl of Tom Yum soup with seafood, and some shrimp noodles in a red wine sauce with garlic butter.

The mostly natural wines helping all of that down include an array of old & new world producers (mostly small, low intervention vineyards) all chosen by sommelier-co-owner Anna Dolgushina. Who, we have to assume, is also a fan of drinking in a moody, atmospheric, visually powerful movie from Hong Kong every now and then.

Whatever they end up doing in Soho, it’ll probably be delicious.


NOTE: The new spot from the owners of Wong Kar Wine is set to open this spring. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can check out their Insta right HERE.

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Wong Kar Wine

29 Poland Street, Soho, Central London, W1F 8QR
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