What do you do at Halloween if you’re too grown up for trick-or-treat, too old (or old at heart) to brave the nightclub scene and are too much of a scaredy cat for ‘Fright Nights’ or scary movies? Souls Restaurant, an Indian fusion restaurant on the Dublin Road has the answer, with their Halloween menu running from 26 October – 1 November.
Bringing all the fun of Halloween to your dinner plate, complete with decorations who are just on the right side of creepy, Souls Restaurant have captured the spirit of the season and created an original and vibrant menu.
On arrival, we were greeted with some ‘Witches Brew’ to sip on as we waited for our first course. Now, as a certified fussy eater, I will admit to being a bit hesitant about the menu, but first up was pumpkin soup, a safe and delicious option to ease me into the night.
Next up was a lamb chop, cooked with mint, pumpkin, tamarind and Indian spices. This was the start of my adventurous eating. I had never tried lamb before, and it’s not something I would have dreamt of ordering on any other occasion, but the blend of spices and perfectly cooked meat was the perfect introduction.
Now that I had been pleasantly surprised, I was starting to feel a little more positive about the next dish – Goat Biryani. I’d never tried goat before, I didn’t really know how I felt about the whole goat thing, but I was ready to give it a try regardless. As it happened, this course was the show-stopping dish of the night. Served INSIDE a full sized pumpkin – a solid 10 out of 10 for presentation – with delicious goat, aromatic spices, and a cucumber raita which I can only describe as the Indian equivalent to Greek tzaziki, and cooled down our dishes when they got a little too hot to handle! It was absolutely delicious, and I could have quite happily eaten it ten times over.
Finally, it was time for the main course… a Bloody Eye. Not nearly as traumatic as this sounds, it was basically a creamy panna cotta, with strawberry coulis and a kiwi ‘eye’. Simple, delicious and quite an effective palate cleanser after a spicy meal!
Does this sound right down your alley? Not that I recommend dark alleys at Halloween of course, but I digress! If this tickles your fancy and you would like to book this bewitching set menu, you can enjoy five courses for £44.50, or £58.50 if you would like to partake in their specially paired wine.