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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Jan. 31)
Soul Stone restaurant delivers the ultimate in Asian fusion cuisine

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

The motto at Soul Stone restaurant at 2701 St. Joseph Blvd. is “uniquely exceptional”, and it couldn’t 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.

The name Soul Stone is a twist on the word “soapstone” which Chef Sam uses as both a cooking medium and a serving plate.

He spent months experimenting with different types of stone until he finally settled on soapstone which heats up evenly and doesn’t crack. It also holds its temperature for a good length of time which enables it to be used as a type of hot plate.

Soul 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.

I 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 no MSG.

There are many other appetizers and entrées on the menu which are too numer-ous to list here but are equally delicious.

And 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.

Here’s 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.

Chef Sam and his partner Angus took over the former Good Taste Fusion restaurant from Sam’s father last spring. They remodeled the interior and completely remade the menu based their combined years in the restaurant industry.

Sam 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.

He 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.

“My boss was sad to see me go, but she understood that I had to follow my dream,” says He.

In the end Bamboo’s 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 website’s list of top Asian and sushi restaurants in the Nation’s Capital -- and for good reason. I’ve never had anything that tastes so fresh and so light. Chef Sam is truly a master.

You can either dive right into Soul Stone’s 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.

The 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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