I have been keen to try Souls for quite a while. When they invited myself and Mr. Eating Ideas to try some items on the menu, we were delighted to pay them a visit.
When we arrived, we were warmly greeted and shown to our table ready to peruse the menu. The restaurant seemed busy but General Manager, Maria, was extremely attentive. She helpfully guided us through the menu, skilfully guiding us through our choices. Any vegans or vegetarians take note- there is an entire section of the menu devoted to you!
To start, I chose the Warm Beetroot Salad (£6.55). I love beetroot and this did not disappoint with caramelised walnuts, celery, rocket and delicious little balls of goats cheese. Mr.Eating Ideas opted for the Prawn Cocktail, A huge pile of North Atlantic prawns served with wheaten bread and Abernethy butter. Prawns aren’t my thing so for once, I wasn’t tempted to steal off his plate but he declared them to be right up his street!
For my main course, I took Maria’s advice and selected the Rosemary Chicken Tikka (£15.95). I wasn’t entirely convinced that this fusion of Northern Irish chicken breast, mature cheddar, mozzarella, yoghurt, green chilli, rosemary, chilli and pepper risotto would work but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It was simply delicious and I’m glad I listened to Maria. Mr. Eating Ideas chose the Lamb Shank Rogan Josh (£19.95). This came served with rice & broad bean kedgeree, glazed asparagus & carrot and rogan josh gravy. Put simply, this was one of the nicest things that I have eaten in a long time. Only towards the end of the meal did I realise that not once had we looked for the salt and pepper as the food was so nicely seasoned.
When presented with the dessert menu, we both admitted defeat. We had a bit of a debate about what we would have chosen if we hadn’t been so full (Ice-cream and the the coconut Creme Anglaise if you are interested) but we simply didn’t have the room.
We both truly did enjoy this experience- the food, the flavours, the ambience and the service. I can honestly say that we will be back!