Say Hello To The New Menu
Soul is without doubt an Aberdeen favourite. Its iconic facade is a jewel of Union Street, especially when lit up at night. Its range of dining, cocktails & vast beer selection alongside frequent live music is enough to keep punters coming though the doors all day and night.
They have recently launched a new menu, and I was lucky enough to be invited along on launch day to check it out. This was pretty exciting for two reasons; Firstly, Soul is a favourite of ours, having eaten and been there for drinks on several occasions and secondly - this was the first official event that I had been invited to as a blogger, so it was a personal highlight for me.
Soul's new menu has been developed by using the best of local produce and key dishes that are unique to Aberdeen in order to create the best range possible for all diners - these include a huge range of vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options.
Head Chef Mark Taylor said:
"What we did was ask a few people within PB Devco (the owning company) who are vegan/vegetarian/etc for their suggestions then built up on our choices and refined our recipes. We also did some research and tastings from other vegan restaurants/local suppliers of vegan products. This is how we made our choices for our Vegan Dishes on the menu.
The other dishes on the menu were put together on the bases of using local produce and key dishes which are unique to the North East of Scotland which have been refined for our menu."
The menu itself is minimalist in design and broken into starters/snacks, sandwiches, house mains, grill, classics, sides & desserts. Each section has a good amount of selection that are all reasonably priced. There was so much that caught my eye...choosing what I wanted to eat was probably the toughest decision I made all day!
To start with I opted for the braised short rib of beef & sausage bradie, that was served with a side of BBQ baked beans. This instantly stood out to me, as putting a BBQ style twist on a local favourite is always eye catching.
When the food arrived, I couldn't wait to get stuck in, it looked so good! The bradie itself had a wonderful flaky golden pastry & the flavours inside were even better; deliciously seasoned tender beef & sausage meat that melted in your mouth. The BBQ beans were also great - sweet smokey flavours are complimented by a slick fiery kick. I think this was the best bradie I've ever had. It is such a simple concept (bradie & beans), but executed fantastically - my plate was clear in minutes.
The only down point I would add is that the BBQ beans did have a slight kick to them & whilst it was totally fine with me - someone who may not be a fan of spicy things may not enjoy them as much.
For main, I opted for the panko chicken kiev which was served with crushed herbed peas & garlic potato wedges. What arrived at the table was possibly one of the biggest chicken kiev's in existence! The huge lump of chicken was coated in golden panko breadcrumbs on a bed of the chunky garlic wedges and crushed peas. The chicken itself was cooked perfectly; juicy, tender & full of flavour and the panko coating offered the perfect amount of crunch. The accompanying herbed peas were also a very tasty addition to the dish.
However, for met the only downside of the main was the wedges; whilst they tasted great & were full of flavour, they were a bit soggy - I'm not sure if this was a combination of them absorbing the juices of the chicken and crushed peas, but they definitely lacked a crispiness for me.
The staff very friendly attentive throughout the night - offering to explain the menu & checking everything was OK. We also had a great table (one of the best in Soul in my opinion) & all the other bloggers there were very friendly & chatty.
My only other disappointment was that I couldn't have a beer (because I was driving!). Soul have an expansive beer offering, including the glorious Lupuloid by Beavertown.
No trip to Soul on a Friday night is complete without a performance from Myke Black. The local favourite never disappoints with his unique, high energy covers of the latest hit songs. If you've never seen him before, then I highly recommend getting along to check him out sometime.
I just want to end by saying thank you to Soul for inviting me to test out the new menu. You should definitely get yourselves along to try it out. Be sure to follow them on their social channels to keep up to date on all the latest updates & events:
Before I sign off, I also met a great bunch of local bloggers at this event - so spread the love & check out their stuff at: