Tucked away in the heart of Milton, Soul Bistro serves a fusion of Modern Australian and Asian cuisine. The cafe offers plenty of undercover outdoor seating, allowing diners to soak up the great Aussie weather while enjoying a good hearty meal.
We were totally spoilt for choice during the lunch service! Soul Bistro has a good variety of lunch specials, offering a brunch menu as well as a proper lunch menu. Luckily for us, the waitress was patient and friendly, which really took the stress out of deciding what to order.
To start off our meal, we ordered the chick pea battered sweet potato chips - with rosemary salt and homemade herb aioli ($8). My gosh were they the tastiest sweet potato fries I've had in a long time! The fries were covered in a chickpea coating - like a tempura batter, giving the usually limp sweet potato chips a good crunch. Dipped into the herb aioli, the flavours just made my taste buds sing. Our second entree was the lamb and potato croquettes with tomato and chili jam ($12). The croquettes were nicely deep fried but only came with two croquettes and for that price, I wish it was a bigger portion as they were devoured as soon as they touched down at our table.
Next came the drinks - I ordered their home made kumquat, passion fruit and ginger lemonade ($4), which was really refreshing and perfect on a hot day. The other foodie ordered a flat white ($4) which, from her feedback was smooth and the beans were not over roasted.
For our mains, we ordered the creamy garlic chicken risotto - with rocket pesto & roasted pumpkin seeds ($16) and the sesame crumbed whiting salad with salad leaves, roasted pumpkin and tomato chutney ($16). The risotto was al dente and not gluggy at all, but the chicken was over cooked which was a bit of a let down. The sesame crumbed whiting fillets salad was also a good choice - the aromas from the black and white sesame paired nicely with the whiting fillets but the portion is probably adequate for a light meal only. Nonetheless, it was a tasty salad indeed.
To finish off the meal, I ordered the berries and white chocolate Tiramisu with mascarpone cream and pistachio short bread biscuits ($10). I was undecided about this dessert as it tasted totally different to what I had expected of a tiramisu. The white chocolate also tasted floury which ruined the experience a little.
Chick pea battered sweet potato chips - with rosemary salt and homemade herb aioli ($8)
Kumquat, passion fruit and ginger lemonade ($4)
Flat White ($4)
Lamb and potato croquettes with tomato and chili jam ($12)
Creamy garlic chicken risotto - with rocket pesto & roasted pumpkin seeds ($16)
Sesame crumbed whiting salad with salad leaves, roasted pumpkin and tomato chutney ($16)
Berries and white chocolate tiramisu with mascarpone cream and pistachio short bread biscuits ($10)
Soul Bistro has definitely lived up to their motto "fresh produce...fresh ideas". The chef has utilised his creativity and developed a fusion of flavours where East meets West, delivering good quality bistro food at very affordable prices.