Hey all! It has been a while since our last food blog but we’ve been really really busy with work so I we had to push this back for a while. But, hey! We’re back now. I actually don’t know how to start this so I’m just gonna go ahead and talk about one of our favorite restaurants, S.O.U.L. Cafe.
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S.O.U.L. stands for Spice of Urban Life. Pat and I had been going to S.O.U.L. Cafe for a while now. In fact, we had one of our first dates there. We try to go at least once a moth so I guess it’s adequate to say that it’s one of our favoriteS. it’s not just because it’s the nearest gourmet restaurant to us (5-minute drive) but because the food actually tastes good!
It’s a quaint little bistro between Shell and Riverview in Udiao, Rosario, La Union, you have to really keep an eye on it because it’s not noticeable as it is small.
One of our favorite things to get from S.O.U.L. is their gourmet burger. The meat is so juicy, smokey and well seasoned. The sauce is the perfect contrast because it’s a little sweet and tangy.
Pat and I love this burger a lot that we always take one home with us whenever we have the chance (as evidenced by the photo above). Oh, and have I mentioned how perfect their fries are? They’re directly comparable to KFC’s bucket of fries, just a little less crunchy.
Garden Salad. I’m actually kinda weirded out about how it’s arranged like this. I guess I’m not used to salad lined up like this. The veggies were really fresh but I didn’t like the aoli dressing that much. They make you choose between garlic aoli and olive oil but I opted for the former.
Best mashed potato award! Well, for me, at least. I prefer a lumpier mash over a smooth, uber-mushy one.
Complimentary Squash Soup. This comes free with heavy meals. I’ve never been able to finish one since we started going to S.O.U.L.. Don’t get me wrong, it does taste good but I just couldn’t get myself to empty my bowl because I don’t want to mess my appetite up.
Pesto Pasta. I love this! The pasta s always cooked al dente and they always put a generous amount of pesto. It’s so pretty to look at, too!
Beef Salpicao with Pasta. This was the first thing I’ve tasted in S.O.U.L. and my favorite of all. This was also the first thing that Pat and I ate together as proven by the first salpicao photo which was taken on our first S.O.U.L. date (wow! That’s a lot of firsts!). The photo quality is pretty bad because it was taken through my old camera phone.
Grilled Lamb Chops. I really don’t want to say this but this is the only entree in S.O.U.L. that I didn’t like probably because it was undercooked and the meat was so hard. There was too much oil, too. I try not to be negative but it’s kinda inevitable that there will always be one thing that isn’t good at a restaurant. But it’s just this one, though!
Grilled Rib Eye Steak. First of all, isn’t the presentation so cute? It tastes as good as it looks, too!
Hunter’s Steak (Top Left). We only tried this once so I don’t really remember how it tastes like.
Osso Bucco. Pat tried this once, too! He likes the bone marrow part a lot. I tasted it and I do remember that it’s quite good, not just as good as the others.
Cream Dory with Ratatouille. I rarely eat fish but I am a huge fan of this one! I can’t quite describe it but it’s definitely one of the food in the menu that you should try when you’re in the cafe.
My favorite drink in the planet, Vanilla Milk Shake! Not particularly one from their restaurant but this one is amazing. I always, ALWAYS, order this one.
Strawberry Shake. I only had this once but the only reason why I did is because I always get Vanilla Shake. If they didn’t have the latter on the menu, I would always order this one.
Strawberry Crepe. I AM DROOLING AS I TYPE THIS RIGHT NOW! It’s the best crepe I’ve tried so far! The syrup, the cream, the strawberries, the crepe…EVERYTHING IS PERFECT! Also, I think they also soak the berries in simple syrup because they’re really really sweet which is unusual here in the Philippines. Normally, strawberries are sour here.
One of the touches that I find commendable in their restaurant are the little quotes that they stick on the food.
Prices range from 150php to 300php.
The end result 100% of the time:
If you are on your way to Baguio from the South (or vice versa), you should definitely not miss out on a chance to stop by and get well-cooked gourmet food from S.O.U.L. Cafe.
S.O.U.L. Cafe is located in Udiao, Rosario, La Union between Shell and Riverview. You may contact them at (072) 712-0852.