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)
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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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

If a crowd cheerfully eating, drinking and relaxing is a sign of success then Bar Soba’s formula is clearly working. Service is relaxed and welcoming, and diners are encouraged to approach their experience in a leisurely fashion. Drinks are varied and well priced with interesting wines, a range of European and Asian beers and brilliant value cocktails. The Asian food appeals to the treat-seeking palate, with a couple of sharing platters to linger over as mains decisions are made. The anticipated delights are there but with a twist, such as the exemplary Thai green curry, served with green beans, pumpkin and aubergine for added texture. Aromatic red duck is particularly satisfying – the confit melts in the mouth while greens and lychees add crunch and sweetness. A separate vegetarian menu includes well-planned dishes such as temple tofu and broccoli with a generous portion of vegetables and sweet chilli-glazed tofu. The children’s menu has crowd-pleasers such as chicken satay and chicken katsu or high-end panko-coated sea bass fingers. Desserts, especially the passion fruit sorbet with pineapple salsa and mango daiquiri, maintain the Asian indulgence.

  • High point: Genuine attempt to cater for all dietary needs
  • Low point: Looking well worn – a refurb planned late 2016
  • Notable dish: Aromatic red duck
  • 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

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