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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Where to eat in San Fernando, Pampanga: Souq Restaurant

There's a newly-opened restaurant in San Fernando, Pampanga called Souq - the Arabic term for marketplace.

I didn't have any idea about the place.  I just hopped into the car to go to my nephew's birthday dinner and when we got off the car, this is what greeted us (this is the non-airconditioned section).  Nice place!  

In the airconditioned area, there are 2 big halls showcasing beautiful dining sets of various designs.  It's like walking into a furniture showroom.  Check these out.

The food at Souq is fusion although I've seen some Pampanggo popular dishes on the menu as well.  Here are some of the dishes we tried. 

Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Php190

Norwegian Salmon Fillet, Php390

Pasta Aligue, Php290
I love the Pasta Aligue the best. Yum!

Seafood and Meat Platter, Php900
The seafood meat platter consists of buffalo wings, parmesan-crusted fish, calamari and french fries.  I've to warn you though that the buffalo wings aren't for kids.  They're a bit spicy for kids' taste.

One of my nieces had fun with her food and created these food art masterpieces.  Cute.

Anyway, the reason why Souq has beautiful furniture is because the owners have a furniture business in Betis, Pampanga.  And if you want to buy any of the featured furniture at Souq, you can actually buy or order.  Check these out.

There is also a room at the second floor which you can rent out for events or small gatherings.  I wasn't able to ask though how much it costs to rent it but here are the nooks and beautiful furniture pieces of the room for rent.

Beautiful place and nice ambiance. Souq is ideal for meeting up friends and exchanging conversations.  But not the place if your intention is to go on a foodtrip (aka "lamon"! haha...).  The price and servings are at par with GB5 Makati prices.  Fresh shakes for instance are at Php180/glass.  And the quoted prices in the menu are tax-exclusive.  When we computed the bill, our average cost per head is Php600+  considering we were just 4 adults and 3 kids.  But then again, all my pamangkins already eat like adults. Haha... 
Souq is located along Lazatin Boulevard, Dolores Homesite, San Fernando, Pampanga.  If you're coming from Manila, just take the San Fernando exit in NLEX and go straight along Olongapo-Gapan Road past the first flyover (where McDonald's San Fernando is).  After the flyover, you'll see Holidayland, Pampanga's Best, Kia Motors on your right side.  Just stay on the right lane and don't take the next flyover.  When you're right below the 2nd flyover (Lazatin flyover) turn right after the Fortune restaurant.  Go straight along Lazatin Boulevard and after 200 meters, you should see Souq on your left.    

If you're coming from Angeles City, just take the McArthur highway and when you reach the traffic light at the Villa Victoria Junction/St. Jude area (where there's a gas station on your right), turn right to Lazatin Boulevard.  After 100 meters, you should see Souq on your right. 

According to Souq's welcome board, Souq is open from 8am to 11pm daily.  But I checked their FB fan page and it says, 11am to 12am.  To be sure, just call and make reservations at +63 45 436 3344 if you plan to dine there.

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