Into the city

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI INSIDE - By De­vika Chaturvedi

A check­list on what to shop, where to eat and what to look­out for.

Moor­ish magic

For­get the rel­a­tively bland Le­banese cui­sine that has done mod­estly well in Ahmed­abad. The au­then­tic taste of Mid­dle East served at Souq Bistro & Grills is much closer to our flavour-packed palate.

The at­mos­phere is def­i­nitely Moor­ish, with arches and pil­lars, but their spice wall grabs all the at­ten­tion. There are stacks of spice jars neatly lined up to add a vi­brant mix of colours to the whole am­bi­ence. We started our meal with their mezze plat­ter, lentil in curry broth soup with poached beetroot Carpac­cio salad. They’ve given a twist to the orig­i­nal hum­mus recipe by adding green peas. For the main course, we tried the Moroc­can tagines and grills. Tagine is a com­bi­na­tion of meat and veg­eta­bles that has to be stewed in a clay pot with a con­i­cal lid. The veg­e­tar­ian ver­sion con­tains veg­eta­bles, caramelised onions, raisins and chick­peas. Man­ning the kitchens is Chef Di­pak Roy who rec­om­mends his sig­na­ture Spicy Bbq chicken wings and beer roasted chicken. Their Greek Chicken sou­vlaki, a ver­sion of Greek ke­babs, dipped in tzatziki sauce (cool and creamy tangy cu­cum­ber dip flavoured with gar­lic) is mouth-wa­ter­ing.

One of the favourite desserts here is the baklava, which they serve oc­ca­sion­ally. Another hot seller is the le­mon tiramisu, which leaves a sweet af­ter­taste. This restau­rant is also emerg­ing as the next hot spot for good live mu­sic gigs. It is, for sure, go­ing to re­de­fine the way we look at a hith­erto un­ex­plored cui­sine. Av­er­age meal for two Rs 800 to Rs 1, 000 At Souq Bistro & Grills, Ground Floor, Acrop­o­lis Mall, SG High­way, Ahmed­abad Tel 65555550

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