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When Souk, Taj Bengal’s specialty Mediterranean restaurant, first opened its doors in 2009, the response was dull. It took them a couple of years, and a few alterations to the menu (adding more vegetarian options helped, we hear), to get things going. The food here is a mix of cuisines from across the Eastern Mediterranean region, and the interiors, designed by a Malaysian designer, are minimalist but chic. Until recently, Souk had an expat Syrian chef at its helm, and he made certain that the food was authentic. What stands out here, is the attention to detail. For instance, only Turkish chickpeas are used for their hummus and lean meat, indispensable to a good kibbeh, is imported from Rajasthan. The kibbeh (torpedo-shaped minced meat and pine nut croquettes with crusty cracked-wheat shells) is in fact one of Souk’s standout dishes. Another stunner is the rose petal ice cream; freckled with specks of rose petals and served on brittle sugar biscuits; it is delightfully refreshing.
Souk for sure is one of the finest options for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Food in Kolkata. This is one the speciality restaurant run by Taj Bengal. They are known for their authentic offerings. This place sells authentic Baklava and their Rose Petal ice cream is also to die for. their Mezes are equally good and so is the Shwarma. The vegetarian offerings are as good as the Non-veg there, especially the Babaghanush, Hummus. From the Non-veg selection, Lamb dishes are worth having.
Just had the most wonderful meal at Souk. All around fabulous experience. The ambience is beautiful and relaxing. The food was delicious - had hummus, hallumi, b’stilla, the almond pastry and mint tea - nothing disappointed. And the service was impeccable - my server, Dipanchy, was kind, courteous, and had wonderful recommendations which I ordered. Have been here on each of my yearly visits to Kolkata and can’t wait to come again!
This place is situated in Taj Bengal hotel. The ambience of the place is amazing as expected being in the Taj Group of hotels. Similarly the staff is also very knowledgable and good at service. The food is just what you expected it to be. One of the most authentic middle western food I had in India. The Hummus tastes the same as it tastes in Dubai. The kebabs are grilled the way you are accustomed to eat in Middle east. You shoul try their Hummus with lamb chinks, Kebab Istanbul, Samak Chermoula. If you are looking for an authentic meal of middle east then this is the place to visit. The place falls under fine dining category and hence the prices are not so cheap. If you want to splurge a little then go and enjoy.
Great Ambience, very nice perfect lighting & very friendly staff. The food was nice. Loved the lamb kebabs and the spiced rice with chicken. The Rose petal ice cream was decent. Baklava could have been better.
Visited this restaurant for dinner on a weekday. The food was good, the service average. While the ambience was good in the beginning, it deteriorated as the evening progressed. The service staff seemed knowledgeable; however our food arrived very late. Be sure to ask for a bread basket, they will not voluntarily offer. Overall, expected better at the Taj
If you want to experiment with authentic flavours of delectable Mediterranean cuisine in Kolkota then Souk in Taj Bengal offers a superb fine dining experience. Souk is a wonderful eating-place known for its diversity of rich food from Middle Eastern countries. Placed in the ground floor in posh Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore, Kolkata, the place is very happening. Souk is known for its inimitable style and pleasing ambience, its immaculate style of decor with shining crockery’s and beautiful draperies were in red and green creating a typical Arabian feel. The food served in this high-end restaurant with plush interiors makes this place truly special. The restaurant has a rich ambience with sleek interiors reflecting a beautiful touch of urbane Egyptian decor. It is open from12:30 PM to 2:45 PM, 7:30 PM to 11:45 PM. So if you are in mood for luxury dining you must try out Souk. A meal for two costs INR 3700 approximately.
Famous for delectable Middle Eastern fare, Souk offers a blend of exotic of flavours from Moroccan, Greek, Turkish, Egyptian, Arabic, and Lebanese Cuisines. The menu at Souk is extensive and serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. The non-vegetarian menu includes tasty chicken cooked in Moroccan spices, batter fried fish pieces in harissa sauce, Kotopoulo Stifado, soft and delicious and Kolokithi, Lahm Baima Hummus Bil Lahm fried zucchini chips served with dollops of Greek yoghurt. Chicken Shawarma and Chicken Stew with Lebanese spices is simply awesome. Delicious pistachio filled filo squares of baklava, Omali, Fez dish Chocolate B'stilla, rose petal ice-cream is worth trying. The experienced chef offers amazing delicacies to offer you a superb dining experience in Souk. Trained waiters who are polite serve each dish.
You are well attended by courteous staffs that look after all your dining needs. Service is efficient and quick. You can enjoy the melodious and soft live music, it is best to book a table in advance in order to avoid unnecessary delay