Restaurant Review – Soul

About Soul:
Our staycation at the Movenpick Jumeirah Beach Hotel continued with a fabulous dinner at one of their restaurants called Soul and we were lucky enough to sample their newly renovated menu. If you’ve dined at Soul before, you will probably link it to a fine dining experience where you indulged in premium steaks and a fancy atmosphere. Well if that’s the case, a second visit is way overdue.
The newly refurbished restaurant now offers you the same premium steaks, along with a lot more variety. The menu at Soul is bound to transport you to the streets of New York (Manhattan to be precise) and make you fall in love with their authentic New York style home cooking. The menu is diverse with three different sections representing three different districts – Little Italy, Upper East Side & Meatpacking District, essentially offering a little something for everyone.
First Impressions:
As we entered Soul we noticed the dim romantic lightings and funky, vibrant decor that somehow is trying to clone itself to that of a New York Eatery. The server was kind enough to show us around and made us chose our preferred table. As we were seated, to our surprise we were offered a complimentary bottle of wine as well. Even though we don’t engage in drinking alcohol that often, it is the thought that counts. So Brownie Points there!
Our Food:
We started off with the Calamari Fritti with Garlic Lime Anchovy Aioli, Tapenade and Basil Oil. The presentation was rustic, which we loved! And as for the calamari itself – it was crisp, had that golden brown tinge and tasted delicious! The aioli was well flavored too, however we preferred the tapenade as it added freshness to dish.
We then moved on to the Shrimp Cocktail with Mango, Cucumber and Homemade Cocktail Sauce. The addition of mango was interesting, but somehow worked well for us. We honestly felt the addition of cocktail sauce was a bit heavy handed as it took away from the natural flavors of the salad. We did however admire the generosity of shrimp added to this salad (since most Prawn Cocktails we’ve had have barely any shrimp in it).
For mains, we had the Alaskan Salmon with Crayfish Risotto, Sautéed Broccoli and Lime Hollandaise. The salmon was perfectly flaky and seasoned well. However, the star of the dish definitely had to be the crayfish risotto. Right from the bags of flavor to the perfect cooked al dente risotto – it was all perfect and complemented the salmon beautifully.
Ultimately though, our #DishOfTheDay had to be the Braised Beef Short Ribs with Baked Sweet Potato, Rocket Leaves and Shaved Parmesan. Honestly, nothing we say can do justice to however perfectly good this dish is. The ribs were falling apart and tender, the glaze was sticky, sweet and spiced perfectly and the sweet potato just wrapped the entire dish up wonderfully. A must try (especially if you’re a meat lover).
Finally, it was time for dessert. We opted for the Baked Alaska which is a combination of ice creams and browned meringue. The Baked Alaska was perfectly layered, with the proportion of whipped cream to ice cream being spot on. A simple dessert that tasted delicious.
For our final dish of the day, we had the Extravagant S’mores which was a skillet filled with layers of cookies and melted chocolate, and topped with melted marshmallows. We absolutely loved this dessert! The combination of ingredients and textures married perfectly in our mouths making us devour this dessert clean.
Address & Contact Details:
Soul Restaurant & Bar
Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Dubai, UAE
Tel: 04-4498888

The Bill:
Calamari Fritti – Dhs 55
Shrimp Cocktail – Dhs 65
Alaskan Salmon – Dhs 112
Braised Beef Short Ribs – Dhs 99
Baked Alaska – Dhs 55
Extravagant Smores – Dhs 48

Ambience: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value: 3/5

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