Bar Soba (West End, Glasgow) : Review

116-122 Byres Road
G12 8TB, Glasgow G12 8TB

V: 25th May 2018      T:  0141 357 5482  W: www.barsoba.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


The past few times I have been in Bar Soba, it was for cocktails and not for food.

It was time to take a visit, and try some food as its always looked good when ive been in.

On arrival it was a very very busy day, so inside and outside was mega busy. We were seated at the back, to the side.

This was not a great position to sit anyone, it was near stairs and the sections toilet so people and waiters were constantly passing behind me….plus the lighting a little dull.

The Food…

Starter

Cheeseburger Spring Rolls £5.00
Soba burger mayo

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The description sounded interesting, and also on arrival it looked interesting.

This was nice, wasnt amazing but it was nice. It had a slight kick to it, and the sauce was very nice.

I would order this again.

Portion Size : 4
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 3.5
Value for Money : 4

Main Course

Bangkok Burger £10.00
Chargrilled beef patty flavoured with Thai spices, with sliced chedder, and Soba mayo.

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This also had a little kick to it, and the burger was perfecly cooked.

The flavours were nice, it wasnt the best burger in Glasgow but it was a good one.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall it was ok value for money, but where I was seated really killed the mood tonight for me.

Will I go back? maybe but I would probably try sit in a different location and see if that helps.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 2
  • Staff : 4
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 4
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 4
  • Overall : 3.5

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2nd Visit to Nam Tuk Tram Stop (West End, Glasgow) : Review

Nam Tuk Tram Stop : Sign

2 Partick Bridge Street
Glasgow G11 6PL

V: 1st November 2017      T:  0141 357 0330  W: namtuk.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


** Since this visit I have been here many times, so just finally getting round to posting these as i’ve had a lot to write up.

This is my second visit to Nam Tuk, as I really loved my first (view first review) and thought lets see how it is second time round and to try different food.

Some people won’t know this but the location that Nam Tuk is located on, has been very bad luck for other restaurants etc that have tried to open here. Normally they close after a while due to not being very busy, but I can’t see that happening to Nam Tuk as from what I have experienced I think it will have broken the bad luck spell.

Again on entering I got that cool vibe, it just looks a fun place to eat. Just like last time the music was at a good level, there was no need to shout at who ever I was with (this is one of my big pet hates)

So I really wanted to order what I had last time as I enjoyed that, but I knew I HAD to try something different so did it? …..

The Food…

Korean Chicken Katsu 5.95
Panko breadcrumbed chicken, Ton katsu sauce, mayonnaise

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I was recommended this by Nam Tuk to try on my next visit (which is today), so I thought lets give it a go and see what its like.

On arrival this looked very interesting, and smelled good so so far Nam Tuk were off to a good start with this recommendation.

So I got the Egg Fried rice with this dish (see next part)

OH MY GOD this was so good, full of flavour and the sauces really added to the flavour. The chicken was cooked perfect and everything about this was really good and one I would have again (if the manager was to not slag me off for getting it again :p )

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Egg Fried Rice (v) 2.95

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Cant really say much about rice, but what I will say is this is the best Egg Fried rice I have ever had.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

 

BBQ Pork Skewers 5.95
Thai style BBQ moo ping

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Firstly there is one skewer missing from my photo, as I took one then remembered I forgot to take a photo.

These were very nice, the pork was very tender and tasty and the side sauce gave it just that extra something to boost its already good flavour.

For me I am not sure if I would order this again, not for any bad reason just to try a few other dishes.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

I went back the following night but I wasn’t too hungry so I ordered the following

Veggie Spring Roll 4.95 (vgn)
Thai style spring roll, cabbage, carrot, grass noodle, sweet chilli sauce

 

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These were very very nice, the flavour was really good and they were just crunchy enough.

The sauce was a sweet chilli sauce which give it a little kick, but for me they were perfect just the way they were.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

Overall

I am very impressed again with this visit, and look forward to heading back again soon to try more things.

The waitress tonight recommended me to try the Green Thai Curry so I will let you know how that is on my next visit.

A solid 5 out of 5 again, no issues….service, food and atmosphere perfect!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 5
  • Value for money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Chaophraya Afternoon Tea (Glasgow) : Review

The Townhouse
Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow G1 2LL

V: 19th August 2017      T: (0141) 332 0041    W: www.chaophraya.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (Very well behaved)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have not been to Chaophraya (Glasgow) for a very long time, I think it was when it first opened and then once maybe twice for cocktails at its Palm Lounge bar.

If you have never visited here you are in for a treat, and I am talking about a visual treat to start with. From the outside it just looks like an OK building, but when you enter you are transported to a warm rich Thai interior.

 


When Chaophraya took over this building they spared no expense, the interior is amazing and everywhere you look its filled with amazing statues, paintings etc etc and this isn’t just for the entrance hall its the same on every floor.

I spotted that here was doing a Thai Afternoon Tea, and I do like my Afternoon Tea’s so I had to buy the Itison offer and see what it was like.

Afternoon Tea :

This was £19 for two and anything else you order like coffee, coke, food is an extra cost on the day.

Thai Afternoon Tea

 


What Was Served :

  • Aromatic duck served in a hirata bun with crunchy cucumber, spring onions and hoisin dressing
  • Chicken thigh hand-wrapped in pandan leaf
  • Vegetable spring roll with sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • Thai pancakes with pandan leaf custard
  • Deep fried banana with toasted sesame seeds
  • Sultana scone with jam, butter and cream

On arrival this was very nicely presented, and it looked very nice and tasty.

Munch munch munch and done.

Everything that was served was very full in flavour, and very very moreish!!! I still felt a little hungry after it but that’s just me, but I enjoyed this so much I looked for the offer again but it was finished….but keep watching as I heard its very popular and it will be on offer again.

My favourite from the selection was the duck in the hirata bun, I wish there had been more of this as it was so good.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money :  N/A
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5

Overall :

Overall my return visit was very good, I was very relaxed and enjoyed the Afternoon Tea.

If I was to be fussy I could say there could have been more scones (these we, also I heard a few people ask for more jam and cream also offer plain scone as some people don’t like fruit scones………..and maybe more cakes but that’s just being too fussy and greedy.

I enjoyed this and will be keeping watch for the offer again.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : n/a
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Value for money: N/A as voucher
  • Overall : 4.5