13 Bligh Pl Melbourne, VIC 3000
Nestled in the alleyways of Melbourne is the newly opened Souk, a restaurant offering a taste of North Africa, Anatolia and the Middle East. This unique venue is a welcome change from the overabundance of cafés and hipster bars that can usually be found, and delivers whole-heartedly in its atmosphere, food and drinks. The space is massive, spread over two floors, and the menu is full of share-plates bursting with flavour and refreshing variety.
A very interesting take on the classic hummus, with a subtle kick from the paprika.
Falafels are often let down by their lack of flavour and dryness, but the inclusion of prawns added both a sweetness and juiciness back into the dish.
These were probably my favourites from the dinner – a super crispy and flavourful crumb coating, while still tender on the inside. I really appreciated the extra care taken in preparing the chicken ribs themselves, which showed great attention to detail.
Another highlight from the night was the dessert. I love anything with tapioca, but this dish showcased it in a way that I’ve never seen before. The coffee cream was creamy and not too overpoweringly sweet, and the crispy fried tapioca added a great textural component.
Souk is certainly a refreshing and refined look into the world of Middle Eastern cuisine. I thoroughly enjoyed almost everything that I tasted, and the service was prompt and polite. The only downfall are the prices, which can be on the high side for relatively small dishes, but it definitely delivers in flavour. Look out for their neon pink sign and drop by with some friends.
Disclaimer: My Food Belly was invited to dine as a guest of Souk, however, all reviews and opinions are my own.