Souk by Café Arabia recently opened up its doors to public at NIBM Road. An effort by Kunal to move from the food court into a more diner space backed up by Girija in the kitchen is seeing a positive response by the masses.
Well when you have good food cooking in the kitchen, you don’t have a lot to worry about. We were recently invited for a tasting at Souk and here’s a brief summary of my experience:
We started off with the salad bowls – Greek Salad which had lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, cucumber, sliced onions, feta, olives, oregano and grilled chicken while the Fattoush Salad had lettuce, onion rings, peppers, cucumber, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes and pita chips tossed in sumac and herbed vinaigrette dressing. Most of us are not salad people, but we polished each of the bowls with joy in our eyes.
We had the Hummus Platter – the classic one from Café Arabia and it had beetroot, basil pesto, jalapeno harissa and the original hummus served with grilled and fluffy pita bread. I couldn’t pick a favourite one because all were equally delicious.
The Falafel Plate was served with garlic toum, harissa and pita bread. While the falafels were quite thick, I found no difference in taste and flavour from the ones I had had in Dubai.
The Skewered Mushrooms were marinated in yogurt, yellow chili, white pepper and cooked in tandoor. The flavour from the marinade seeped right into the mushrooms making it brilliant.
The Harissa Chicken Skewers felt a little off as they just had a spice hit and were missing some flavour quotient. Whereas the Black Pepper Chicken had chicken marinated in cream and black peppers – chicken cooked perfectly with flavour in each bite.
We had the Turkish Pide which is a boat shaped flat bread, commonly described as a Turkish pizza. The Peppy Paneer which had pan grilled paneer with peppers, onions, cheese and classic pizza sauce while the Pesto Mushroom had caramelized onions, garlic sautéed mushrooms, cheese and savoury pesto as a base. I think both are really good options for vegetarians who generally feel left out. Souk has got you covered.
The Curried Mince Lamb was absolutely brilliant – had flavourful and juicy minced lamb and it won hearts with the fried egg on top. The Zaatr’d Chicken had chicken chunks, sun dried tomatoes, olives, feta on a tomato harissa base topped with olive oil and zaatar herbs.
For desserts we had the Baklava with Ice Cream and the Salted Dark Chocolate Tart. Both decadent desserts – the baklava which had a twist, being served like a pot with ice cream on top while the chocolate tart with rock salt blew our heads through the roof. Both the desserts were polished off in minutes.
A big shout out to Girija, Kunal and Team Souk by Café Arabia for inviting and hosting us.
Disclaimer: The invite was for a complimentary food tasting event. This review is a narrative of my experience at the event. The views expressed in this review are solely mine and others are more than welcome to agree or disagree with the same. The review is in no way influenced either personally or commercially nor has it been lifted, copied or plagiarized from any source however I have done my due diligence on the event via publicly available information on the internet.
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