This humid, muggy weather makes facing a hot kitchen unbearable. And so I head off to meet friends at Bar Soba. The minute we sit down my work day melts away in cool surroundings.
Described as ‘Pan-Asian street food’, there’s a plethora of flavoursome choice – but admittedly I have firm favourites Salt and Pepper Crispy Fried baby Squid (£4.95), – the best in the city, and Thai Red Snapper for a main (£13.95). But tonight we are trying the 5pm pre-theatre menu so I’m forced to experiment. But at £13.95 for two courses and a glass of wine it’s too good to pass up. I finally settle on Pad Thai Spring Rolls and Thai Green Chicken Curry.
Swift service and sensational food
Service is swift and the food is delish – beautiful spring rolls are delicately spiced and nutty served with an addictive dipping sauce. And the generous serving of creamy Thai Green Curry has just the right amount of kick. But the real Bar Soba speciality has to be their cocktails.
Cool off with the perfect drink
Their extensive and impressive cocktail menu includes everything from martinis to high balls (and more) – there’s the classics and more contemporary, really a drink for every mood with every ingredient imaginable. I’m torn between a Shortbread Martini and an Orange Brule; the martini wins in the end.
Expectations exceeded, these drinks revive and refresh – sadly no pictures because we couldn’t hold back. And for all you cocktail connoisseurs – there’s cocktail master classes on offer at Soba so you can perfect the art of the stand-out drink.
So get yourself to Mitchell Lane for a bit of refreshment – and for you West Enders check out their new addition on Byres Road.