Bar Soba

Bar Soba
116–122 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB
  • Telephone 0141 357 5482
  • Bar open Mon–Wed noon–10pm; Thu–Sun noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–9.45pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £13.95
  • 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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The West End version of this eternally popular chain is certainly a crowd-pleaser. Industrial chic décor includes low lighting and graffiti art aiming to bring a trendy urban Asian vibe to the bustling bar, which itself turns out impressive (read: strong) cocktails inspired by tropical and East Asian flavours – think refreshing Coconut Coladas and fragrant Lychee Martinis. The menu plays with food genres, Americanising some well known pan-Asian street food styles – with the likes of cheeseburger spring rolls, surprisingly moreish, full of tender beef and gooey cheese. Soft-shell crab is delicate in a light tempura offering a single bite of succulent flavour, with a zesty sharpness when dunked in the accompanying chilli-lime mayo. Mains wise, the twists on pan-Asian staples include katsu curry, this time in burger form with dark spicy curry sauce drizzled over buttermilk fried chicken bringing a smoky depth of flavour to the patty. On the more traditional side, pad Thai is presented in the classic way, a magnificent bowl of rice noodles, roasted peanuts and gently spiced prawns hidden in the broth. Fun food and great cocktails is clearly a winning formula.

The List's rating
7.4

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Rowan Anderson visited Bar Soba on 11 March 2019
  • High point: Funky fusion food and exceptional cocktails
  • Low point: Can be loud on weekends
  • Notable dish: Soft-shell crab
  • Average price: £16 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Disco and Indie mix
  • Live entertainment: Fri/Sat DJs after 9pm
  • Capacity: 274
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

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