The city centre venue of Glasgow’s established Asian fusion specialist, ideal for decadent lunches and social dining.
The grooviest wing of the Bar Soba operation exudes a suitably arty vibe for this bit of town, buzzing along nicely throughout the day amid the bustle of Mitchell Lane. An interior of dark walls oversees a chic cocktail bar, dangling copper lights, leather benches and a variety of table sizes to suit singles, couples and parties. The cocktail list is substantial with the exotic, popular and ever so slightly weird all screaming for attention. Pan Asian dishes (with a choice of small/large plates) dominate the food menu featuring Japanese noodles, Thai curries and Indonesian rice. The execution punches well above expectations. Chicken gyoza dumplings are fresh, juicy and bouncing with authentic seasoning and scents while a main of teriyaki beef has rich slices of seared steak with crispy burnt edges and tender inner on a bed of vibrant pan-fried noodles. Always busy with a youthful clientele, the crowds build in the run up to the weekend where cocktails, craft beers and trendy DJs battle it out to be main attraction. It's maybe a sign of how far Scottish cuisine has come in the last decade that this kind of smart, lively cooking is now seen as mainstream. This funky and sprightly outfit can take some credit for that.
- Private dining: 22 (downstairs)
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: House, disco, funk
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 1999
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle
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