9:30 p.m., Jan. 31)
Soul Stone restaurant delivers the ultimate in Asian fusion
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
motto at Soul Stone restaurant at 2701 St. Joseph Blvd.
is uniquely exceptional, and it couldnt
be more true. The food at Soul Stone is indeed exceptional,
and the cooking techniques used by co-owner and Head Chef
Sam He, are truly unique.
name Soul Stone is a twist on the word soapstone
which Chef Sam uses as both a cooking medium and a serving
spent months experimenting with different types of stone
until he finally settled on soapstone which heats up evenly
and doesnt crack. It also holds its temperature
for a good length of time which enables it to be used
as a type of hot plate.
Stone has five different main courses served on the hot
stone: Lemon Grass Chicken; Strip Loin Steak; Miso Salmon;
Japanese Teriyaki; and the house specialty, Thai Basil.
Both the Japanese Teriyaki and Thai Basil dishes can be
ordered with chicken, beef or a seafood mix of prawns,
scallops and mussels.
had the pleasure of trying the Thai Basil with chicken
on my last visit and it was delicious, as was the Gyozo
dumpling I had as an appetizer along with the Miso Soup
which is made using a traditional Japanese technique with
are many other appetizers and entrées on the menu
which are too numer-ous to list here but are equally delicious.
then there is the sushi. There are more than 35 different
types of sushi on the menu, including many original creations
by Chef Sam who has 15 years experience as a sushi chef.
a description of the special Soul Stone Roll: soft shell
crab, cucumber, spring mix, oshinko, avocado slices, topped
with torched spicy salmon, snapper, and cheese sauce,
serve on warm soap stone. Trust me, it tastes as good
as it sounds.
Sam and his partner Angus took over the former Good Taste
Fusion restaurant from Sams father last spring.
They remodeled the interior and completely remade the
menu based their combined years in the restaurant industry.
started out as a bus boy at a Chinese restaurant on Preston
Street. He then worked as a server and eventually became
a prep cook.
never lost focus on his dream to one day open his own
restaurant. The opportunity would present itself last
spring when he left Bamboo to fulfill his destiny as a
chef and restaurant owner.
boss was sad to see me go, but she understood that I had
to follow my dream, says He.
the end Bamboos loss, is Orléans gain. In
less than a year, Soul Stone is already rated as the 10th
best restaurant in Ottawa on TripAdvisor, and they hold
the number one spot on the websites list of top
Asian and sushi restaurants in the Nations Capital
-- and for good reason. Ive never had anything that
tastes so fresh and so light. Chef Sam is truly a master.
can either dive right into Soul Stones extensive
main menu or you can drop by during the lunch hour from
Monday to Saturday and try their daily tasting menu which
allows to sample everything from their Miso Soup and Gyoza
dumplings, to their Crispy Beef, Thai Basil Chicken and
incredible sushi -- and all for just $16.
Soul Stone Sushi Grill and Bar is located at 2701 St.
Joseph Blvd. beside the Jean Coutu Pharmacy. You can check
out their menu at www.soulstone.ca.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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