If you’re a regular reader of Life in Geordieland you’ll know how much my boyfriend James and I love eating out and how a quick bite to eat often leads to one too many cocktails! Well, our latest little jolly was to a fabulous Asian fusion restaurant in Jesmond and both the food and the drinks wowed us!
The first thing that will impress you as you step in to Sohe on Jesmond’s bustling Osborne Road is the incredibly opulent cocktail bar…
There’s plenty of seating in the bar area if you have to wait but we arrived before 7pm and the restaurant was still fairly quiet so we were taken straight to a table.
I could have spent hours deliberating over the drinks, there was so much to choose from! I skipped past the wines and wide selection of bottled beers and jumped straight to the cocktails. They all had such exotic names and ingredients; ‘Temple of Violets’ sounded tempting, with infused maraschino and lavender sugar but I couldn’t resist the cuteness of ‘Hello Panda’ which was was made with Amerreto and Aperol and served with sweet little panda biscuits!
James went for a champagne cocktail and was delighted to see an edible hibiscus flower in the bottom of the glass, very fancy! We enjoyed our lavish drinks with the tastiest prawn crackers I have ever had!
The food choices were just as difficult with a mouthwatering menu to choose from that included tempura & dim sum, sushi, Thai curries, wok dishes and barbecued & roasted meats. We must have had to send the waitress away at least twice while we struggled to decide.
In the end, I went for Fillet Teriyaki to start and James chose Hakushu and Miso Black Cod. My strips of seared beef with wild mushrooms and kimchi pickle were absolutely delicious but oh… my… word… James’ Cod dish was out of this world!
As soon as I put it in my mouth I immediately realised why it was the most expensive starter on the menu (£13.50) it was so light and elegant and the miso glaze gave an added sweetness to the silky, buttery fish. This is the standard of dish that I would expect to find in a trendy London restaurant like Nobu so it was a pleasant surprise to discover it at Sohe right here in Geordieland!
Our mains were just as impressive but very filling, I had the delicious Phanaeng, a slow braised lamb shank in a peanut, coconut and spinach curry. James went for the Thai Green Curry which he said was just as nice as the ones he’d had in Bangkok and Chaing Mai (praise indeed!).
I will definitely make sure I work up a bigger appetite for my next visit as I really struggled to finish mine which was a shame as it really was very tasty and the meat was lovely and tender.
We washed down our fabulous food with a couple more cocktails and never once felt rushed or interrupted by the staff even though it was getting quite busy by the time we finished our meals. We had a wonderful evening at Sohe and can’t wait to return!
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