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“Another Bar in the Westend” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bar Soba Byres Road

Bar Soba Byres Road
Ranked #611 of 2,387 Restaurants in Glasgow
Price range: $9 - $25
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Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A VIBRANT COLOURFUL ATMOSPHERE, FRESH FOOD FROM THE STREETS OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA, INDULGENT, CREATIVE COCKTAILS, AND THE BEST IN PIONEERING MUSIC FROM THE FRESHEST TALENT. WELCOME TO SOBA...The second Bar Soba restaurant in Glasgow, this Byres Road branch follows in the award winning footsteps of its Mitchell Lane sister. Soba is inspired by the street vendors of South East Asia and our menu touches on traditional classic street food from all over the region. Our aim is to provide the most authentic Asian street food we possibly can, to do this we source the finest ingredients and make every element for every dish from scratch in our own kitchens. We are passionate about our food and we believe that you will be too so why don't you start off with a selection of small plates to share, then grab one of our fantastic wok dishes or an authentic Thai curry then sit back and enjoy the taste of South-East Asia. We've also been creating great cocktails since 1999, always innovating to bring our guests and their tastebuds something unique!
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109 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Another Bar in the Westend”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2014

Nothing too special. Selection of beers is pretty much the same as any bar in Glasgow. I have not tried the food so cannot comment. But I can say that the toilets in this bar are well worth missing.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank pacemaker1
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Joe C, General Manager at Bar Soba Byres Road, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Hello,

After reading your review I am at somewhat of a loss as to wether your visit to us at Bar Soba was consistent with other guests and if you did not fully see what great products we have on offer.

We are one of the only bars to stock Kirin Ichiban, Asahi, Blue Moon, Dogfish Head DNA and Rekorderlig Strawberry & Lime on draft. These unique options sit happily next to our more mainstream Cobra, Carling and Estrella Damn.

In bottles we have Coopers Pale Ale, Brooklyn Lager, Anchor Steam, Modelo, Pacifico, Samuel Adams, Innis & Gunn, Goose Island, Tsingtao and Pistonhead Lager. Non of which we feel are in every other bar. These again sit next to more well known brands such as Peroni, Desperados, Tiger and Singha.

We do not sell conventional or traditional options and take great pride in offering our customers something different and hopefully expanding their knowledge on great beers and products.

We would not regard ourselves as the same as any other bar in Glasgow and we do see ourselves as special.

With regards to your comments on our toilets, this has been dealt with.

Kind regards,

Jamie
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English first
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Met the love of my life here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

Great little bar down side street! Had my first date with a gorgeous Argentinian here and she is now my fiancée, so I put it down to the ambience ;)

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ross K
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Joe C, General Manager at Bar Soba Byres Road, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
We are delighted for you Ross!

We have passed your comments onto our Mitchell Lane sister which is were we think you met your fiancee.

Kind regards,

Jamie
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Glasgow
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not quite there yet!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Two mature couples , we visited bar Soba Sunday 11th may for the pre-theatre menu. Welcome was fine , nice friendly staff , then it all went downhill , very, very slow with drinks service. Must have waited at least half an hour.
Three of us enjoyed the food , my thai curry dish was way below par , definitely not the complex combination of hand blended Thai spices described in the menu , more a gloopy soup. Never in a million years could this have been eaten with chopsticks ( cutlery only supplied on request!).
Music was blaring out in a monotonous rhythm , we were sat under a speaker and pining for the Classic Albums mentioned on the posters outside.
Slight problem with the bill which was sorted quickly and without fuss.
We should really have complained at the time, but you know what ? We shouldn't need to complain , there's no excuse for poor service.
Only the friendly staff got this over the line from poor to average.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TheKingisnumber7
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Joe C, General Manager at Bar Soba Byres Road, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Hello,

Thank you firstly for your comments on your recently visit.

There is no excuses for your wait for drinks and for that I apologise, I am glad however that you found our staff friendly as it is something we obviously strive towards.

To hear of your food being below par is very disappointing. Your comments have been passed onto our exec chefs as your description is not, obviously, one for which we aim for.

As standard we serve chopsticks with all meals but I do agree that your sever should have offered you cutlery.

With regards to the music, we play 2 classic albums on a Sunday, details of which can be found on our facebook page, which are usually played in the early afternoon to coincided with our serving of the brunch menu also mentioned on the poster. Your comments on the music have been discussed within senior management and a more conscientious approach to what we play is now in place.

If you would like to discuss your experience further then please do get in touch at jamie@barsoba.co.uk

Kind regards,

Jamie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“lovely”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

nice bar area with big menu for cocktails all lovely made , relaxing ambiance around the place with plenty nice seats around ,didn't try the food

Visited May 2014
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Thank Karen adams x
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Joe C, General Manager at Bar Soba Byres Road, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Hello,

I am delighted to hear your comments on your recent experience.

You will most definitely need to pop back for the food.

If you would like to book please let me know at jamie@barsoba.co.uk as it would be my pleasure.

Kind regards,

Jamie
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Really sloooow service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

Ate here with a living social voucher.Really enjoyed the tempura starter and pad thai main. But waited to be served for an age... waited too too long for each course and the drinks having to ask a couple of times for some of our drink orders... Crazy really as we had a deal voucher for the food you would think they would be happy to serve us lots of drink to make a profit. Waited an age to pay too, I think we could have left and nobody would have noticed.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Holiday644
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Joe C, General Manager at Bar Soba Byres Road, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Hello,

it is incredibly disappointing to hear of your experience with ourselves.

This is far from the norm or of an acceptable level of service.

Your comments have been used over the past four weeks to improve service and have been a topic at management and staff meetings alike.

If you would like to discuss your experience further then please get in touch at jamie@barsoba.co.uk

kind regards,

Jamie
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