Guest Author: Anushka Chandran
That is not the first time I have been to Souq Bistro & Grills. But it is my first attempt at their brunch. It was my dad’s birthday celebration and we zeroed in on Souq for the lovely ambiance they have and a different menu, then the other brunch menus the city offers.
The Sunday Brasserie Brunch at Souq Bistro & Grills is a widespread affair. An eloquent looking mix of European and Mediterranean dishes, the Sunday brunch is a new addition to the restaurant. You can book your tables in advance and you should because most of the time it is crowded. The place is done up so well that to appreciate the creativity and hard work, it is a must visit.
So with a group of 16 the party began, we had booked and hence did not have to wait. The lovely ambiance as usual greeted us in. There were supposed to be some Spanish performers, but the stage was empty. A haggling over the same was going on with another large group. Finally, they arranged for a singer, who definitely did not want to sing and in my honest opinion was ruining some great compositions.
That apart, we were served mojitos and watermelon juice as welcome drinks, the mojito was very nice, with the flavour of mint absolutely standing out. It was followed by some starters on the table, jalapeno poppers, pizza, paneer which had nice grilled broccoli and zucchini
We then moved to the main course. I was pleasantly happy that finally non- vegetarian food is given equal priority with vegetarian food. Four beautiful panels, each with lovely Mediterranean, food in different spices stood there smelling heavenly. In the centre was a version of their mezze platter served with Baba ganoush and hummus (the signature green pea hummus was, however MIA) with a cheese platter, burger, nice seasoned carrots and tomatoes also potatoes. There was also a tomato soup, which I was told was nice. Olive bread, super awesome. The lovely hummus and pita bread made me more hungry and I went back to check on the non-veg dishes. It has a chicken rice, a lamb dish, a pan seared fish in mustard sauce and prawns in white sauce. I also tasted some of the Cajun spiced paneer and ravioli, both tasted nice, the paneer was soft and delicate.
The fish was mind blowing, and it’s a risk putting that kind of a dish for a buffet as mustard is not a flavour savoured by all, but the texture and flavour of the fish were brilliant for those who love it – love it. Only one word for the prawns I was FLOORED. Absolutely amazing, completely different sauce and flavour, not at all spicy yet flavourful, the prawn had taken the flavour of the sauce and was spectacular. Dish of the day.
Next was the dessert, the chocolate fountain was the attraction for kids of all ages. Cut fruits, marshmallows, brownie and chocolate cake were the accompaniments. The dessert was amazing no two ways about it, simple yet lovely. Just that fruits like wood apple, kiwis and some berry has changed colour as they were in the open for long, and did not look very appealing, would be a good idea to either put them on ice or cut them fresh for the guests. There was also a live counter for pastas, their spaghetti was good, lots of olives, mushrooms, etc. but it was out of place or so I felt.
The service has improved since the last time I was here and they even ask you for your comments. The staff, including the server was extremely friendly and courteous. Souq bistro and grills is a must visit place if you already have not. Even if you don’t like the kind of food they serve just go to look at the kind of hard work they have put in to do up that lovely ambiance.
Thank you Souq, for making my dad’s birthday so special. We have thoroughly enjoyed and hope to be back real soon.
The brunch is priced at Rs.649/adult for the veg and Rs. 749/adult for non veg plus taxes.
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