This little alcove like dining hall is cute and well constructed. We were pretty early dining around 6pm but there were already people there and more showed up as our meal progressed. There's good use of space and it certainly lends itself to food spying and eyeing up what the party next to you orders.
The first dishes to come out were fishcakes, kim chee pancake and a fried tofu salad and we also had a small dish of kim chee and pickled turnip.
The fishcakes were sweet in flavour and had what's known as fish floss sprinkled over it which is dehydrated fish that is cooked, baked and flavoured so that it's very strong flavoured and has the texture of dry cotton. Fish floss and the more common pork floss are not really my thing and I found the fishcakes a bit too synthetic and artificial tasting for my liking.
The kim chee pancake was nice enough with a light soy dressing and the tofu salad was probably the winner although I didn't expect it to be. The cubes of tofu were well seasoned and crispy and the salad ingredients fresh and crunch and even the random pieces of strawberry and peach didn't offend me.
The pork teriyaki was pleasant enough but not particularly memorable.
The grilled dishes came soon after - belly pork covered in a sweet slightly spicy sauce and grilled beef short ribs along with one bowl of rice. The pork belly was nice enough and the short ribs although well flavoured were quite tough. There was also a bowl of hot soup. Good thing we are all good friends who don't mind the dreaded double dip because we weren't really offered smaller individual dishes to pour it into. The soup was tasty at first but towards the end started to taste overly salted.
Service throughout was quietly effective - not overly warm and friendly but distantly polite and efficient.
So did Seoul Soul speak to our souls? We left not overly full in spite of getting a 4 person banquet when there were three of us. Some of it was tasty enough such as the teriyaki and the grilled dishes but others were a bit of miss. It's ok priced but I wouldn't be rushing back in a huge hurry. A big bowl of pho for $8 would probably warm my soul more.