ROOM FOR INSPIRATION
Indulge in delicious food amid beautifully designed furniture pieces
THE SOUQ. this breathtaking restaurant filled with eclectic furniture pieces in the hip lazatin boulevard, Pampanga is home to sumptuous dishes!
The Souq, which means “marketplace” in Arabic, is indeed a melting pot not just of gastronomic delights but also of ideas and inspiration. Glenda Quiambao, who co-owns The Souq with Allan Bituin and Shy Bala of Pampanga-based furniture shop More Than A Chair (see p. 22), explains that the restaurant was inspired by the Souk Madinat in Dubai. “Yung mga owners,
laging nagtra-travel,” says Glenda. And because of that, The Souq was born.
Entering the restaurant is like being transported to a traditional souk—you’ll see a high ceiling, a hallway that, in Souk Madinat, is filled with rows of shopping stalls. Here at The Souq, the hallway divides The Souq Dining (the main dining area) and Duck & Co. (The Souq’s sister restaurant). If this isn’t enough for you to get intrigued, then the aroma of flavors emanating from the kitchen will surely lure you in. “At the start,
yung food namin, may pagka-arabic nang konti, mga international food. Okay naman, marami kaming customers. Kaya lang minsan, hinahanap-hanap pa rin nila yung Filipino
food, lalo na dito sa Pampanga…so ngayon, nag-try kami ng parang deconstructed Filipino
food. May nirerevise nang konti. Mas dumami yung mga customers namin,” narrates Glenda. The Souq also serves as More Than A Chair’s showroom, as the restaurant is furnished with the shop’s pieces which are also for sale. “ang palaging comment ay yung ambiance, yung mga furniture,” says Glenda.
Different mirrors jazz up the wall and add drama to one of the dining areas at The Souq. rOOM FOR INSPIRATION