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Souk review

ab | Sep 2, 2003 11:09 AM

Went to Souk last Friday night with a party of 5 for a b-day celebration. I found Souk to deliver exactly what we wanted, good food and lots of fun.

We ordered two waves of the tapas (total of 9 dishes I believe) they offer, eating them family style. I'll note a couple that stood-out: The Beef Short Ribs were wonderful. They meat was incredibly tender, you only had to stare at it hard enough to make it fall off the bone. Probably the best dish of the night.
The lamb kabobs, another highlight, were spicy and tender. The portion was large (for tapas).
Roasted potatoes- a simple dish, but bursting with flavors, probably the mvp of the first wave of non-meat dishes.
We also ordered the Borek, the hummous/taboleh and Baba Ganouj plate and a few others. I had no complaints at all with the quality or flavor of any dish. The Borek was perhaps the most dissapointing, only because the menu description read so well. We ordered a couple bottles of the Fat Bastard Shiraz- good wine, one of the more reasonable wines on the list. I enjoyed a few stellar Bombay Dry martinis as well and some friends ordered a couple Makers on the rocks. All were large and the martinis made just as I like them.

The real charm of Souk, however, is the post-dinner diversions. We ordered the Hookah, which came filled with an apple tobacco. Along with the smoke, we ordered Baklava. This was a real treat, even the non-smokers at the table enjoyed the clean, sweet smoke from the hookah. And lets be honest, it just added tremendous atmosphere and element of authenticity to this wonderfully decorated space. Nearly every table was enjoying a hookah after dinner was served and cocktails started to replace wine glasses among all the tables.

Around this time, the live Middle Eastern music began. Souk soon became a little pocket of Marrakesh in Wicker Park (or at least, as close as my imagination will take me). The belly dancer began her gyrations around this time, mesmorizing everyone at our table. When the dancer took breaks, a vocalist fronted the band and sang haunting and beautiful lyrics.

We really enjoyed every moment at Souk. The service was friendly and honest, I never felt any pressure nor pretention. All of us left Souk in a wonderful mood and with fully bellies. I can't recommend this place enough for a celebration or a night on the town where you truly want to merge food and entertainment.

(Music and dancer perform Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

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