Bar Soba

Bar Soba
116–122 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB
  • Telephone 0141 357 5482
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–9.45pm; Sun noon–9.45pm
  • Average price £8.95 (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.barsoba.co.uk
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A buzzing West End bar-diner serving inventive Pan-Asian food in a relaxed setting, with a genuine eye to the needs of diners.

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Bar Soba works hard to balance the eating and drinking aspects of its business. Drinkers are well served with an excellent range of cocktails (check out the on-trend gin section) and there’s a busy programme of mixology masterclasses and promotions. Meanwhile diners are treated to pan-Asian cuisine with a funky edge. The same menu is served in both bar and restaurant areas and is divided into small and large plates. The small plates are ideal as starters or to accompany drinks. Thai-style prawn and crab cakes have a zingy lemongrass and ponzu sauce, and vegetable gyoza dumplings with teriyaki dip have a good balance of textures and tastes. Mains include pad Thai with a choice of prawn, vegetable or chicken skewers, and crispy Shanghai pork with black bean sauce. In a fun twist, the usual pudding choices have been replaced with dessert cocktails such as deluxe French martini with a white chocolate crispie cake. Staff are attentive and the vibe is laid-back, encouraging diners to linger over just one more cocktail.

  • High point: Relaxed bar atmosphere with decent food choices
  • Low point: Few dessert options for non-drinkers
  • Notable dish: Super Thai fries
  • Delivery: Deliveroo used and prices applied
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: chill-out and relaxed dance
  • Live entertainment: Fri/Sat DJs after 9pm
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

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