The Souq

Lazatin Blvd., San Fernando City, Pampanga

The Souq
4.4
4.5 Stars

13 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 8
  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 14 Reviews
  • 2 Recommend
  • 13 Reviewers
Category:
International
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+63454097728

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

American Express, Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Mhigz A.
4.0 Stars

Eto yun oh, Chieo O hahaha 128513128513
Papakita ko lang. Haha

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Chieo O.
5.0 Stars
10

A weekend up north unfolded another dining destination to us, which was Souq, a Kapampangan restaurant serving Exotic Cuisine with undeniably fabulous rustic interiors.... Knowing that this was from the same group that brought you the original Betis Crafts & Furniture! The decors and furnitures inside the restaurant are for sale as well ....What more could we ask for? Local artistry greatfully crafted matched at par with being known for bringing you great culinary concoctions .... Truly a foodie and furniture lover's delight 1008410084100841008410084

Here's what we had for our casual lunch....1108811088110881108811088

Lechon Kawali ( wait there's kangkong underneath ), Seafood in Aligue Sauce ( fresh catch overload of mussles, shrimps, baby crab and squid... Hey there's even corn and baby potatoes immersed in this flavorful aligue sauce ), Pickled Ampalaya Salad ( a big break from the usual ensaladang mangga, let's go ampalaya for a change ), Piniritong Inadobo( you control how you sauce over your piniritong adobo with sidings of atsara, kangkong and wow tomatoes and salted eggie ) , Sizzling Salmon Fillet ( with vegees, mashed potatoes and look at that big shrimp ) & Grilled Chicken with its special sauce... Ohmy I don't have a solitary favorite...I loved em all 1008410084100841008410084

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Aileen O.
5.0 Stars

My nephew and his bride decided to have their simple but romantic wedding reception at Souq.I was just speechless as soon as we entered the place.The ambiance was so romantic and rustic.I love how the interior decorators played around with the furnitures. They were very creative.

Food was not bad at all either....very tasty and just right for my palate.And the buffet table was always refilled.Desserts were also good.

One piece of advice though was that the waiters be given more training.But all in all...everything about Souq was great!

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Sun M.
5.0 Stars

My brother and I accompanied our father to attend a wedding in Barasoain Church, Bulacan. Since the wedding started at 10AM, the reception ended at around 2PM. Very timely, our elder brother who works in Pampanga teased us to visit him after the eve t in exchange of a free dinner.

Since we're only an hour away from there, we decided to give in...so at least we could bond (okay...partially for the free dinner...haha!).

As part of the deal, we wanted our brother to bring us somewhere we've never been. Plus the fact that we're still full from our lunch, we actually wanted to have a light snack/dinner, in a cozy place...before we drive him to work.

My brother, being also playful at times, wouldn't tell where we were going. He just said that he's been wanting to go there but couldn't since he doesn't have someone who would accompany him.

I only heard the word "Lazatin" from my brother talking to my dad. So I thought it was a market place or sort of…until we finally got there.

I immediately saw the wooden "EatStreet" sign with chairs and tables along the street but sadly, there was no parking space. It was like a "banchetto" style hangout/eat out place. But to my surprise, that's not where we're going. It was at The Souq beside it. Still, there’s no parking space. :( Since we already got too excited for it, we decided to just park beside the main road and ask one of the staff to look-over the vehicle.

Looking at The Souq from outside, I thought it was a place with a chain of resto-bars inside. It looks old, antique but homie outside which got me giddier. You know, my ultimate type of hang-out place!

My brother then told me that everything inside is all part of The Souq, it has different type of (function) rooms inside. The ambiance of the place didn't disappoint. The two main rooms were actually occupied due to special occasions, thus, explains the full parking.

We were then asked to enter the "Tage" room. I usually ask for the menu immediately when it is my first time in a restaurant. But another surprising thing is, I instead roamed around the room and went outside.

The place seems like the place my soul has been looking for. I'm not trying to sound exaggerated but that's how I really felt. Aside from the fact that it was surrounded with lights and plants, the wooden chairs, tables, and other furniture that are actually "For Sale", got me hooked with it. It has a scary vibe at some point when you go straight ahead... There were plants, more chairs and tables...and another room with more chairs and tables...and another adjacent place...that is truly perfect for photo shoots! I took photos and have my photos taken at the same time because of too much excitement! I totally forgot about the food.

Seldom that you would find this type of restaurant in Manila. The event manager was very accommodating and gave us an overview about the place; she told us that there were really some people who are doing pre-event shoots there. She also mentioned that they cater to special events and that the concept was actually to let the customers use the antique chairs and tables that are also For Sale. It is quite an idea isn’t it? That is hitting two birds with one stone!
So there, after almost an hour of touring around the place, we decided to sit in and see whether the place would match the food they serve.

The menu was certainly not left behind. It matches the place for its vintage design...which something I really appreciate. Paying attention to small details like the Menu means a lot to me. Other restaurants would give you a not-so-impressive, dirty, torn menu list despite how well decorated and maintained the restaurant is.

So we started trying out their salads - we had their Grilled Chicken w/ Tropical Mango Salad (Php140) which was so good! The mango dressing added a color and vibrant on it. Paired with romaine lettuce, the sliced mangoes, marinated pan seared chicken bits, and grapes were served generously. I would say that with all we've eaten, it was my favorite. While the Green Mango Salad (Php140), which was said to be "Thai Inspired" in their menu has a unique taste. It was good because it didn't taste sour at all knowing the main ingredient is unripe mango. We couldn't tell how the sour taste was all gone. On other hand, it has quite a bitter taste because of cilantro. I could tell that it was my elder brother and dad who enjoyed the most of it.

My little brother on other hand decided to try the Grilled Chicken Sub sandwich which only costs Php100. He was a bit disappointed that it was not as stuffed as he expected it to be. But if I were to ask, I wouldn't mind at all, because the sandwhich was made of baguette bread (which something I really love because it's crisp), and the fact it even came with sliced fried potatoes.

Lastly, we tried the Tinapa Pate (Php140) which comes with freshly made slices of pan de sal with smoked fish, and cream cheese spread. Who would've thought that tinapa and cream cheese would be a good pair? All of us enjoyed it very much. It actually remind me of my childhood memories when all of us would eat together over a simple home-cooked meal for lunch...with our bare hands.

And here comes the most exciting part of the snack/dinner for me. As a main meal, I personally chose the Pasta Aligue (Php290). It was on the top of their list (literally) and I didn't think twice ordering it. I love seafood...and as long as there is an option to choose seafood over meat, I would! It is spaghetti pasta with crab paste, parmesan cheese, and garlic bread, topped with sautéed shrimps. I loved it and this is probably one of the reasons I would go back in this restaurant. I was so delighted because it's rarely that you can find the said pasta flavor in Manila.

My elder brother ordered himself a Grilled Chicken in Malungay Basil Pesto Pasta (Php190). It understandably tasted bitter because of the malunggay. I love pesto flavor too, but the Aligue Pasta stood out for me.

We also tried the Crispy Binagoongan (Php290 - which was said to be one of their best-sellers) paired with Binagoongan Rice (Php160 - only one that they serve for sharing). The Crispy Binagoongan came with sautéed bagoong sauce, tomatoes, eggplant, and bok choy (in case you don’t know, bok choy is a Chinese cabbage. I loved that it was thinly sliced and indeed tasted good! Their Binagoongan was equally great that one can eat it without any more viand.
On their list of desserts, my little brother and I were thrilled to find out that they have a Mango Bravo Cake (Php175). So I verified with the staff whether it is their home-made version or the same cake from Conti's and found out that my hunch was right. It's the one from Conti's. We still decided to order two (2) slices for our Sweet Ending. I love Conti's, it is my favorite brand of cake. Simply because the price is just right and all of their cakes taste sinfully good.

We were 5 and our bill was roughly around Php2,000. Which is not bad at all! Considering that we literally enjoyed the Tage room all by ourselves, with the ambiance, good music, food, and vintage interior of the place. The event manager even toured us around and offered that we take a peak of the other rooms but we declined since the two main rooms were occupied for a special occasion. The only thing perhaps was the service, I can recall an instance when I had to ask for parmesan and pepper three times. I understand though because it was almost dinner time and more people are coming in not just to eat but also to drink.

With the many photos I have, I just decided to collate them one photo so you could see what I've been talking about about the place and the food.

Overall, I highly recommend that one should visit this restaurant. I want to write as many as reviews I could if time would only permit. It's just that I truly enjoyed experience this place and I was so grateful that my brother brought us here so I made sure to share this review to everyone.

I would love to bring more of loved ones, and friends here! I would love to try the StrEAT food outside on my next visit and explore more food spots in Pampanga. There is no wonder Pampanga is known as the culinary / food capital of the Philippines!

-@hermouthisfull

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Anna C.
2.0 Stars

The Souq's Short Ribs was very dissapointing. The ribs barely had no meat on it. I wish they improve this dish.

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Liza K.
5.0 Stars

Soooo good especially the pasta aligue.

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Michael D.
5.0 Stars

maganda ung place kasi ung may ari number 1 exporter ng furniture sa asia at gumagawa sila furniture para sa mga castle s europe. pwede pang family at romantic date.

tapos masarap ang food!

and, abot kaya sa bulsa!

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Anna C.
5.0 Stars

Their Seafood Laksa is good. One serving can feed up to 6 people in our table because it was pretty hearty and flavorful. It's a dish good for sharing.

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Anne L.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Dexth L.
5.0 Stars

nice place for family and barkada dinner bonding

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Diane S.
4.0 Stars

A friend of ours introduced us to this very chic restaurant, i think they are somehow co-owners? Im not quite sure 128514 they have a lot of connections in pampanga.
Anyway, this is our default restaurant whenever we come to pampanga.
i love their chairs 128525
This restaurant is connected to beatis (did i spelled that correctly?!128563) pampanga's furniture btw, as you can see with the ambience and the furnitures used 128525

Food here is good you should try their tinapa patè. 128149
service is okay since whenever we come here it's off peak and the servers know our friend so asikaso diba?128514
All in all i like it here 9786
Price for the food is good too and huge servings 128522

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Mark P.
4.0 Stars

Ordered the salmon and turf duo with garlic rice. Food was great and the place is spectacular! Plus i heard they sell same designs of their tables and chairs here if you happen to like them. 128522

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Bianca N.
5.0 Stars

Best Aligue Pasta!!!

Beautiful interiors: high ceiling, beautifully mismatched furniture. Good date place!

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Lena L.
3.0 Stars

The food : 2 very poor
Venue: 5 excellent!

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