Once again our bid to find the perfect evening brought us back to Long Street. Among the hundreds of narrow staircases, and beautiful balconies, Souk, a first-rate tapas and cocktail bar, welcomes you into a beautiful lounge, with warm fireplaces, lush couches and beautiful bookcases: these exposed brick walls hold the newest gem that is Souk.
The cocktail menu includes litchi and elderflower martinis, grapefruit juleps, vanilla raisin old fashioneds, and the intriguing thyme to tonic made with Bombay Sapphire Gin, olive brine, and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, which help you unwind and relax into the weekend. Sit back with a curated cocktail in hand, with the finest spirits matched to distinct ingredients, and start your weekend off right. Whether it is cocktails or tapas, Souk has you covered.
Pair the evening with one of their intricate dishes infused with truffle oil, blue cheese and rich Camembert. The highlight of the evening was the oxtail: a 12 hour cook, pulled and deboned, rolled into Japanese breadcrumbs and deep fried into the perfect bite, served alongside parsnip puree and a red wine reduction gravy. The crumbed Camembert served with watermelon preserve was light and crispy, and the wild mushroom and truffle oil croquette were rich with the truffle oil hitting the back of your palate at the right time, bringing it all together. The presentation was phenomenal with dishes served on tiles and mosaic platters, bringing in the Moroccan theme, and taking you away from busy Long Street, to the streets of Northern Africa.
For the ravenous carnivores, there are sticky barbecue wings and deboned thighs served with a lavish blue cheese sauce, and thin pink lamb chops with the fat rendered perfectly into a crunchy accompaniment. Indulge in one of their many sides, like their tower of onion rings and truffle fries, which once again are generously drizzled with truffle oil.
Hang around until 9 o’clock when the dinner rush is over and you have sipped on one – or two – or three cocktails (we suggest trying a few) – and continue the evening with shisha (hubbly) served in the central room, as the DJ helps you loosen up.
The urban and eclectic décor is an indulgent and welcome refuge from a long day or busy week, as is their excellent food, service, and bar; start off any girl’s night, catch-ups, or lunch and dinner.
A definite 5 from us!