Bar Soba

Bar Soba
Bar Soba
79 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY
  • Telephone 0141 237 1551
  • Opening times Daily: 11am–1am.
  • Bar open Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat noon–midnight
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 4–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.barsoba.co.uk
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The most recent Bar Soba branch has a remarkable setting on the corner of historic Merchant Square for its range of Pan Asian fusion food and cocktails.

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With outlets across in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Leeds, Bar Soba captures the clean, corporate precision of a successful franchise without losing a sense of place and intimacy. Situated on the edge of the Merchant Square – with seating in the lively indoor courtyard – it is as much a bustling bar as a restaurant, and its self-consciously hip décor reflects the menu’s willingness to ‘remix’ familiar Asian dishes. The fries are given a Thai or Japanese twist, spring rolls meet beefburgers and their Bangkok Burger is a riot of curry, noodles and premium beef. Despite this fusion energy, their nasi goreng has a classic flavour – a relatively sober version compared to the mash-up of traditions elsewhere on the menu, it has a taut, familiar quality, but holds to the high standard. With amiable staff, the division between the bar and the restaurant is well managed, making it possible to begin with a quiet meal before moving on to the more robust atmosphere of the bar.

The List's rating
8.6

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Gareth K Vile visited Bar Soba on 17 March 2019
  • High point: The staff's attentive yet appropriate service
  • Low point: Occasional noise bleed from other venues in the square
  • Notable dish: Nasi goreng
  • Average price: £7 (set lunch); £17 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Private dining: 32 and 45
  • 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: Funk, soul and Motown
  • Live entertainment: Local DJs on weekends
  • Capacity: 200
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
  • House wine: £16.95 per bottle

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