We were invited to try out Sohe‘s lunch menu last week. So I took my brother along so we could both escape uni revision for an hour or so. Here’s how we got on…
J: There’s a lot that can be said for Osborne Road, the Jesmond street popular with just about anyone who enjoys a good night out or a good lunch. With its many fantastic bars, hotels and restaurants, it can sometimes be easy to overlook new venues and menus in favour of an old favourite, or a place that’s close to where you finally found a parking space. One restaurant however, that doesn’t deserve to be overlooked is Sohe.
J: Sohe is a pan Asian inspired restaurant and cocktail bar that serves a variety of Asian dishes along with some fabulously delicious and uniquely flavoured cocktails. Recently, Sohe released their new lunch menu, a two course meal for £8.90, featuring a starter and a main course.
J: To start I opted for the crispy salt and pepper squid chips with plum and tamarind dip. Usually in any cheap and cheerful Italian I always go straight for the squid rings, and so I wasn’t surprised when I found myself ordering a squid starter. The squid chips were a nice change from the usual squid ring, the batter seasoned well and the shape made it really easy to dip into the tasty plum and tamarind sauce.
C: I rarely turn down the chance to eat duck when eating Asian food and it was no different for starters. I enjoyed the Duck & Chive Sui Mai. Although delicate, these rolls were packed full of shredded duck and the chives gave it just the right hit. I was also pleased to find more than enough mango sauce to satisfy my dipping needs! As far as first impressions go Sohe got it right. I almost felt I was dining far above my 8.90 lunch budget. In need of a quick drink before the mains arrived I searched the cocktails/mocktails. One needs only to glance at the ingredients to see what a diverse selection is on offer. I opted for the ‘Old Hanoi’ as it reunited me with the Szechuan pepper. An old friend of mine from my travels in China. I felt utterly refreshed. The pepper and chilli provided an exciting blend of flavours without an uncomfortable heat. At this point I was so relaxed I considered cancelling all my evening plans to soak up more of Sohe’s unique atmosphere.
J: Following my seafood starter I tucked in to two Teriyaki glazed beef patties in a brioche bun (I’m a sucker for a good brioche bun). The teriyaki flavour itself was subtle, but the patties were cooked very well; still juicy while keeping the beef tender. I think most people who eat meat can agree that beef cooked for too long is just not right, and thankfully Sohe understands this too. During the course of my meal, I thought I could handle two slider sized patties with ease, but they were actually deceptively filling which surprised me.
C: When the mains arrived however I soon snapped out of my daydream. I admit at first glance I wondered if they would fill me however by the end that was no concern of mine. For my choice of Banh Mi: Japanese breaded pork in a flatbread roll. Again I wasn’t disappointed and found my rolls densely packed to capacity. The pork was tender and the pate added enough moisture to quell any fears of a dry main! However, a mention must be made of the coriander labneh. It was the perfect companion to my chips. I will never look at BBQ sauce or ketchup in the same way ever again.
J: Sohe is known for its cocktails as much as its food, so to accompany my meal I ordered a “Bittersweet Symphony” mocktail – a sharp and refreshing grapefruit-based drink. It was delicious.
J: If you’re in the Jesmond area for a lunch date or you’re in need of a place for a business lunch, then I recommend giving Sohe a go. The atmosphere is modern and relaxed, the service is great and both the venue and food are impressive.
C: Overall I say Sohe is providing stiff competition for lunch menus here in the north east. Great, value great atmosphere and incredibly friendly staff have me penciling in my next appointment!
97-103 Osborne Road