On Saturday December 6th, we had the golden opportunity to eat at the newly relocated SOMA restaurant owned by Chef Alberto Balderas and his wife Linde Balderas.
SOMA restaurant was located in Chelem, but has now moved to Merida, near Costco.
They have out done themselves, with the beautiful decor and furniture, the decor is modern and with warm colors, that makes the place inviting and cozy, and if you read my reviews, you will know that the chairs are a very important part of my review, and I love the cushioned chairs.
Linde Balderas greets you with a big smile and a warm hello.
When you are sitting, you can see the owner Chef Alberto , through the glass partition cooking diligently away to make the perfect meal for their guests.
The waiter arrived, his name was Chess and quickly took our drink orders, and let me tell you, he has to be one of the best servers I have seen in years, very attentive and polite.
For starters we had Shrimp & Grits, with Spanish chorizo and fried jalapeños. I am a New Yorker, and I never eat grits, but DEAR GOD, this was out of this world, the grits were creamy and with a mild cheese, and the Shrimp was cooked by a Chef who knows how to cook Shrimp, and with the taste of the chorizo and fried jalapeños, I could not stop eating it, wow it was great, and the presentation and portion was nice also.
Next we had Potato Gnocchi with Pork Belly that melted-in-our-mouths,
and with a ragout or oyster mushrooms , peas, leeks, cherry tomatoes, and topped off with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Chef Alberto has this dish down pat, wow, it was so delicious, and this I could just eat for a main course, this is how good it was.
Then next was our main entree, my wife we had the 600g Pork Chop, that came with
local two bean Sweet Potatos Pave & a demi.
The Pork chop was cooked just right, and I could taste, that it had not been frozen like so many restaurants here do, Chef Alberto pan seared the chop, with just the perfect spices and demi ,at the first bite, I told Cristy we need to come back, and next time I want to try his Ribeye Steak.
I don’t like lima beans, and would have like to see more corn, or maybe some brussel sprouts that I love, and it looks like Chef makes a perfect one.
I will keep the photo Large to make your mouth water!!
The dessert was also very good, it was a ” Choconola Cheese Pie ” a sweet cream cheese mousse, with granola ,fresh berries and a Chocolate sauce.
It was light, very tasty, creamy and crunchy, with the right combination of the Chocolate sauce and berries, wow it was so good, and nice and cold too.
The only thing that I don’t see on the menu is a good old Hamburger, I was told they will serve it for a special at times.
SOMA, the dishes and the Team.
It is hard to find a nice restaurant, and when you do, I love to go when it is quiet, so I can charm the wife and have a romantic night out, so hurry up, because this will be one of the best restaurants in the area, and soon to be very busy.
I Give SOMA 5 Chef Hats out of 5 – Great Job to you all
Hours: 9:00AM to 6:00pm
Closed Tue & Weds
Address: Calle 21 #375 x 60 y 12 Fracc. Malaga
SOMA , will be offering Christmas Lunch, and you can read all about it on their facebook
Chef Bob Lissandrello
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