Tuesday, 19 June 2018

SOULIQUID RESTAURANT & BAR @ PUCHONG


Food with the soul of jazz

 18 June, 2018



Two faces. Two moods. By day, Souliquid Restaurant & Bar offers sustenance for the stomach; by night, it feeds the soul.
Located just outside the lobby of Four Points Sheraton in Puchong, its name Souliquid is etched into the mat at the door.
Step inside and one can’t help but notice the whimsical but cosy sofa seats in hues of deep fuschia and cobalt blue along the tall glass windows.
Cheese Plate with Wine Promotion 
These are perfect to lounge in when the moon rises and the stage is set for live performances of mainly Cantonese and Mandarin jazz. I do appreciate that, unlike most lounges, there’s no smell of stale smoke, beer and whiskey although Souliquid has been in operations for two years now.
Souliquid has a well-stocked bar and often have specials such as the on-going Cheese Plate promotion at RM199++ paired with Marques de Caceres Crianza from Rioja in northern Spain.
The medium-bodied wine with gorgeous deep plum hues has ripe cherry notes with a spicy finish. Easy on the palate and pairs well with the platter of Cheddar, Aged Cheddar, Brie and Blue. You also get crackers with slivers of salami and ham.
 But if you’re there at lunchtime or looking for an early dinner, the menu is pretty satisfying too. On weekdays, a set lunch menu comprises main course, soup and ice lemon tea. Priced from RM13.90 nett.
Chili Chili Bang Bang
We have 7 at the table, so we order a la carte, starting with Chili Chili Bang Bang (RM18). The bowl of minced meat is cooked with tomato, chilli, onion and topped with melted cheese. Arranged around this are triangles of crispy tortilla chips… just like a sunflower. The chilli adds a hot edge to the meat and cheese. Just scoop up with the chips for a delicious starter. 
Brochettes are grilled prawns wrapped with bacon
Brochettes (RM38) are 5 large prawns wrapped in bacon blankets on a bed of lettuce. It’s served with a totally decadent pineapple-chipotle dipping sauce. The bacon lends its special aroma and saltiness to bring out the sweet side of the prawn while the sauce twirls a tango to keep the tempo going.
Gambas Al Pil Pil is prawns in hot olive oil bath
We smell the Gambas Al Pilpil (RM28) before we see it. The aroma of prawn, garlic and rosemary permeates the air and teases the tastebuds. The bowl is filled with crunchy prawns in a hot olive oil “bath”, with grated garlic, Italian herbs and a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Dunk the toasted bread fingers in to soak up the fragrant oil.
Grilled Lamb Rack with honey-mustard sauce
We are tempted to try more appetisers but the mains beckon.
The Grilled Lamb Rack (RM58) has three juicy chops perfectly done with a pink centre. It’s served with a honey-mustard sauce, a drizzle of mustard and roasted vegetables on the side.
Guinness Braised Lamb Shank is a luscious chunk of meat
Chef Matthew Wan has a way with lamb. I’m wary of lamb shank which is usually dry and unpalatable but the Guinness Braised Lamb Shank (RM48) is a luscious chunk of meaty goodness lording over sides of mashed potato and broccoli. Even without the delicious gravy, the lamb is juicy and well flavoured.
Souliquid Meat Balls
I’m a tad overwhelmed by the aroma of rosemary in Souliquid Meat Balls (RM20) though the gravy with halved cherry tomato, helps temper this somewhat.
Chicken Cordon Bleu with roasted vegetables and mushroom mustard gravy
Chicken Cordon Bleu (RM33) finds favour with the young ones. Breaded and deepfried to a golden brown, the chicken escalope is rolled with ham and mozzarella cheese, which oozes out when cut. Served with thick mushroom mustard gravy and roasted vegetables.
Garlic-Herb Roast Pork Knuckle is a whole kg of meat
Finally, the star of the hour arrives, accompanied by sauerkraut, roasted potato and garlic herb gravy. The Garlic-Herb Roast Pork Knuckle (RM79), weighing a whole kilogramme, is not for solo diners. It’s served whole and diners can carve off what they want. The skin is so crispy you can hear it crackle with every plunge of the knife but underneath this, the meat is extremely juicy and tender; I particularly appreciated the lean parts.  If you need help with the cutting, send it back to the kitchen and Matthew is happy to oblige. 
Pork Lover Platter is meant for sharing
The Garlic-Herb Roast Pork Knuckle is also available as part of the Pork Lover Platter (RM148). Served with the roasted potato, sauerkraut, garden salad, corn on the cob, strips of luncheon meat, three sausages (smoked Hungarian, Nuernberger and Baconwurst) and thick potato spirals, there is enough on the wooden board to keep the seven of us happy. Even if you’ve not indulged in the appetisers and other mains, the platter is enough for three ravenous appetites.
The sausages are offered separately on the menu or as a sampling Bratwurst Platter (RM45) with Bauerwurst, Hungarian and Nuernberger sausages. All sausage platters are served with sauerkraut, potato salad and dipping sauce.
Shrimp Pizza with parmesan and blue cheese
We nibble on Shrimp Pizza (RM35) with big shrimp, sliced bacon, parmesan and blue cheese and then decided to have the Nyonya Pasta (RM28). The spaghetti is tossed in nyonya sauce specially made in Malacca and cooked with four big blue mussels. 


Souliquid Restaurant & Bar

(non-halal)
Lot 1, Ground Floor, PFCC Tower 3
Jalan Puteri 1/2, Bandar Puteri Puchong
Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 603-8066 8883


OPERATING HOURS
Daily: Noon to 1am
Nightly Live Band Performances
Sunday to Thursday: 9pm to 11.30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9.30pm to midnight

Promotion
Cheese Platter RM199 with bottle of Rioja
Daily set lunch of main course with soup of the day and ice lemon tea (from RM13.90 nett).
Sunday/Public Holiday: One child under 12 gets 1 free meal (from Children’s Menu) with every 1 hot main purchased
All food prices ++ unless otherwise stated.




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