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SOULed OUT, Desa Sri Hartamas

I received an invite from Jek Tan (Director of theQguides) for a food review at SOULed OUT last week. SOULed OUT recently celebrated its 13th anniversary with a new, refreshed menu and I was one of the lucky ones who got to sample the food. Also present at the review were babe_kl and Cap’n HooK, Ruth of The Ruthless Eaters and Rachel of Tham Jiak. For those who know me, I always order a Cosmopolitan because it’s pretty looking. This version was very nice and alcoholic. The lemon skin garnish gave the cocktail more colour.Dragonfly is SOULed OUT’s signature drink made from red dragon fruit, watermelon, strawberry puree, Monin lychee syrup and fresh lemon juice.Jek had the Commander in Chief, which was a mixture of vodka, crème de cassis and pineapple juice. The Mojito (babe_kl’s order) looked really thirst-quenching!
First up was the Sizzling Lamb Cutlet (RM28) with naan bread. You can opt to have the lamb with naan, rice or chips. The lamb was meaty, tender and fragrant with spices. The naan was best eaten hot; it was a tad hard when left for too long.For a halal version, the Hokkien Mee was decent. Of course, I still prefer my noodles to be porky and lardy. This one came with plenty of chicken slices, prawns and vegetables. The noodles were dark, saucy and tasty with a generous dollop of sambal.The Singapore Fried Noodles was not bad, and I don’t like mee hoon to begin with. Flavoured with curry powder, the mee hoon had copious amounts of chicken slices, egg, chives and crunchy beansprouts. That said, I still don’t get what’s so Singaporean about this dish. It should just be called fried curry mee hoon. =PThe Pan Seared Grouper with Mixed Cajun Pasta is a new addition to the menu. The pasta was cooked just right and the cherry tomatoes and roasted peppers had a rustic, intense flavour. The grouper was well-seasoned and crusty on the outside. Beneath the outer layer was a firm, sweet inside. It’s actually quite good, but since I’m not a fan of fish, it didn’t rock my socks.On the other hand, the roast beef baguette was lip smacking! That’s because I’m a beef lover. Thinly sliced roast beef on a thick, soft baguette and gooey cheese topping, what’s not to like? However, if you can’t take too cheesy food (like Shum & Jeen), stay away from it. I’ll have it all! Muahahaha…Another new addition to the menu is the Koay Teow Beef Tausi. Flat rice sheets, beef slices, bellpeppers and onions cooked with tausi (fermented black beans), this was very Chinese, and very nice. It tasted like a cross of wat tan hor (probably why I loved it so much) and beef in black bean sauce. I had two helpings…*gasp* The Chicken Ala Vietnam was just alright for me. While the chicken cooked with spices (I detected lemongrass) was quite nice, I found the combination too mild. I like my food rich, hearty and fully flavoured.Served piping hot, the aromatic Claypot Loh Shi Fun is another old favourite. Topped with shredded egg, the thick gravy was full of savoury minced chicken and sliced mushrooms. This would make a good comfort dish on rainy days.The Sake San (Salmon Pizza) is a thin-crust pizza topped with salmon slivers, ebiko (fish roe), wasabi, mayonnaise and lolorosso. I liked how the mild wasabi and mayonnaise complemented the salmon slivers. Each individual fish roe “pops” in the mouth, releasing a hint of salty, slightly fishy flavour. The lolorosso added a refreshing and crunchy twist to the pizza topping. I enjoyed this very much.I didn’t quite like the B-B-Q Chicken pizza. The BBQ sauce overpowered the rest of the toppings, so that was all I could taste. The whole sauce-topped combination was too heavy.The Praline Chocolate Mousse was rich and dense, maybe a little too rich after our rather heavy meal. But if you had a light meal, this would be good. I tried a bit of Pannacotta with caramel, and found the texture light and silky. It wasn’t overly sweet – ideal for those who can’t take too sweet desserts. Between the two, I prefer the Chocolate Mousse.What stole the spotlight was the Lava Cake. Topped with Haagen-Dazs ice cream, the cake was warm, dense and moist. As stuffed as I was, it was too good to resist! The Harry’s Crunch (served hot) is an award winning warm combination of vodka, Bailey’s Crème de Cacao, chocolate sauce, pandan syrup, topped with crunchy cornflakes. Oh-my-goodness this was heavenly!! And loaded with Bailey’s. I enjoyed the dinner, especially my two very alcoholic drinks, Koay Teow Beef Tausi and Lava Cake. Thank you Jek, for inviting me, and Fanny, for your incredible hospitality.
*SOULed OUT is running a Sir Lunch-a-lot Set promotion (Mondays – Fridays from 12-3pm) until 31st May 2009. It Aint Western cost RM15++ while It Aint Eastern is RM18++. All sets come with a juice, main course and coffee/tea.

20, Jalan 30/70A,
Desa Sri Hartamas,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2300 1955
General: 03 2300 1929
Website: www.souledout.com.my
Email: [email protected]

Ambiance: 7/10
Price: 6.5/10
Food: 7/10
Verdict: A great hangout place with good booze and hearty fares.

28 Responses

  1. Sean

    wow, 13 years and still going strong! i suppose their sang har meen is still on their menu … that’s one of the items that i kinda like here. that cajun pasta with grouper looks interesting though, and the price seems very attractive! 😀

  2. Precious Pea

    Wow…i cannot even remember when was the last time i visited this place.

  3. thenomadGourmand

    whoa..new menu again..they r alws chg’ing and their food r quite good mostly..

  4. jim-experience

    The salmon pizza is nice, one of my favourites…..

  5. Anonymous

    I personally detest Souled Out nowadays. They’ve become too noisy and rowdy( esp. at the ground floor), and I’m not talking about the ambience, but rather the staff who like to yell and ring bells.

    As for their food, they should concentrate on mantaining the quality of their ‘classic’ stuff, like the northern indian menu and local menu (which used to be quite good plus value for money), instead of introducing new stuff which looks and taste mediocre, at best.


    1. SJKVT

      You are absolutely wrong. I suggest you should pack food from your favourite restn and dine at your home with absolute quietness. SOULED OUT RESTN IS SIMPLY A GREAT HAVEN FOR TONS OF LOCAL AND EXPAT DINERS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE!! Seeing is believing. Walk into HARTAMAS souled out on Xmas and new yr eve and see how each and everyone mingle and enjoy themselves.Even non alcoholic patrons like us still enjoy the good live music and the fresh good yummy food for the last six and a half yrs! Yes we have been patronizing this outlet and many many others will support my blog too!, so please don’t ever say this place is a rowdy place. U must be really joking or out of your mind! Thanking you

  6. Pureglutton

    OMG – that’s a LOT of food you had, lol! I go to SO pretty regularly – the Lava Cake is a firm favourite. The new item Sizzling Lamb will be a sure-try in my next visit there!

  7. taufulou

    the drink seduce me more than the food

  8. Bangsar-bAbE

    taufulou – The drinks are very pretty looking!

    Pureglutton – Yup…I felt like a “chang” that’s about to burst open after that! =P

    DF – I was there on a weeknight, so I didn’t find it that noisy. Then again, I wouldn’t know how rowdy they can get since I’m always seated upstairs when I go there on my own. It’s less noisy inside.

    The northern Indian selection is still available, but as far as taste is concerned, I can’t tell whether it used to be better. I always have their nachos, pizza and lamb shank.

    And you sure know a lot about food!! =)

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    jim – Mine too!

    nomad – Yup, new menu! Apparently, they refresh the menu every year…

    Pea – Time for a revisit? Ooohh…WIP is reopening soon! =D

    Sean – Yea, the sang har meen is still on the menu. 😉

  10. 550ml jar of faith

    There’s little to not like about Souled Out, prices are reasonable and that Sake San pizza is a timeless classic!! Not sure about the new stuff though.. none of them look particularly enticing, will stick to the pizza and lotsa cocktails! Whee!!

  11. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    yeah this shud b strictly for wkday dining..then again hartamas has died down alot.. havent been there in yonks..but do remember some of their classics..their butter chicken was damn good!

  12. thule a.k.a leo

    like Joe, it has been ages since the last time I went to Souled Out to hangout with friends…

  13. Timothy Low

    Yeah, I haven’t been to Souled Out for ages! I remember the last time I went there, they had this Latin Nite upstairs …

    Btw, I added you in my fav link. Exchange link?

  14. mimid3vils

    I had dinner here once, food doesn’t impressed me though~~

  15. J2Kfm

    very comprehensive review, Babe.
    i was over at Hartamas a few times, but KL friend mentioned that Souled Out’s food so-so only, good for a drink, not a meal.

    but i might change my mind.

  16. rif

    agree… i drinks look awesome…

  17. Bangsar-bAbE

    rif – Then you should buy me a drink…or a few drinks! =P

    J2Kfm – Thanks! The food is not fantastic, it’s decent and hearty.

    It’s really up to individual preference…cos rif and I both like the food in SOULed OUT (or at least the ones we always order). 😉

    mimi – Hmmmm…maybe you should email them and tell them where they can improve.

  18. Bangsar-bAbE

    Tim – Sure, I’ll link you back! Eh, I’m a lifestyle blogger meh? Sure or not?? =P

    leo – I think a lot of people haven’t gone to SOULed OUT for a while…too many hangout places de!

    Joe – I still think Hartamas is noisy! Especially the square area…

    Butter chicken? Haven’t tried that…

    550ml – Haha…you can’t go wrong with cocktails and pizzas! 😉

  19. Selba

    I think I will like the dragonfly drink, cute color and there’s dragon fruit 🙂

  20. backStreetGluttons

    This place has somehow carved out a niche of its own in the upmarket suburbs and seems to be a fav haunt of the rich & famous ! Now that BBabe has been here it can now finally lay clain to be the Ultimate…

    until team bsg dusmantles it , yet again…

  21. sakaigirl

    The roast beef baguette looks nice, i love cheese too^^

  22. lecoupletoy

    I also haven’t been back for ages. But the Sake San pizza is still one of my faves there.. Along with the drinks drinks drinks.. Did I mention drinks? LOL!! It has been an insane week..

  23. rokh

    wa fast fast! i have yet to post…ooopsss

  24. Bangsar-bAbE

    rokh – I have a lot of backlogs!! So cannot procrastinate lor… =P

    lecoupletoy – Hahaha…3 times mentioned. But I thought you went for drinks on Monday de??

    sakaigirl – Woohoo….sama kaki! =D

  25. Bangsar-bAbE

    BSG – I'm not fahmes also…so cannot claim liddat… >P

    Selba – Hahaha…you must like dragon fruit! I'm a bit scared of the colour actually…

  26. Frat Mustard

    Ooooh I was so afraid I was not going to be included in the photo. Just as well… I’m featured in the last photo 🙂

    Glad you all had fun. Looking forward to seeing you soon for more food events!

  27. Bangsar-bAbE

    Frat – Yes, looking forward to more event! 😉

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