Ever since I joined the workforce, the words “happy hour” and “public holiday” makes me excited. Since the latter isn’t within my control, I focus more on happy hour – my favourite time of the day where I get off work in time for a tipple. rif and I recently discovered the RM10 promotion in SOULed OUT Bangsar South and we’ve been going there regularly for pre-dinner drinks.
SOULed OUT isn’t new to me; I’ve been going to the Hartamas outlet for the past 10 years and I almost always order the same items. To a point that I would notice the little changes in the menu or if the food is inconsistent. The Bangsar South outlet is relatively new and has a lot of potential given its location. The cocktails are just as potent as the ones from SOULed OUT Sri Hartamas so if you’re looking for a good spot for happy hour in Bangsar, this is an option.
While a few of the food items needed work, I liked the ginger beef kuay teow and lamb shank – a regular order when I’m at SOULed OUT. Chicken Cordon Blur was missing the gooey centre so it wasn’t as satisfying as I remembered it to be. I preferred the Pad Thai, a generous portion of stir-fried rice noodles with prawns, beansprouts and scallion.
For some reason, the SOULed OUT kitchen serves pretty good Indian food – I love their butter chicken and mutton varuval. I sampled the chicken makanwala the other night and this too, was tasty albeit too mild for my liking. I like my curries fiery, like this sizzling chicken tandoori which packed quite a wallop.
Snacks are readily available, like batter fried calamari, satay, chicken wings and deep fried tofu puffs. The calamari was light and moreish, but our second order turned out soggy and disappointing. Chicken satay was tender and easier to eat compared to the beef, which became tough once cold.
Light eaters might enjoy the mushroom salad but I would gladly pass that up for a hearty bowl of pasta. The seafood marinara would have been tastier if the pasta was cooked al dente. This was a bit overdone for my liking.
Chocolate lava cake is a signature dessert but the Bangsar South outlet didn’t do it quite as well – the centre wasn’t molten. All said, I do like the service and ambiance at SOULed OUT Bangsar South. And their RM10 for beers, wines and mojito between 3pm to 7pm promo is a big incentive for me to keep going back. :)
Food: 5.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: A good place to go for happy hour.
SOULed OUT Bangsar South
G11-12, Ground Floor,
Nexus Bangsar South,
No.7 Jalan Kerinchi
59200 Kuala Lumpur