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“Modern creative Asian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Soju Girl - CLOSED

Soju Girl
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $53
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Temporarily closed.
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Modern creative Asian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

Modern Asian fusion with Japanese, Korean and Thai influences. Decor is ultra modern, which means lots of hard surfaces and a corresponding level of noise. It's a funky look but chairs are hard (Unless you're lucky enough to snare a seat on the padded bench along the wall) and it's definitely not a place for romance. We went with a group of ten and the party type atmosphere suited us just fine.

Because of the size of our group, we were placed in the Bistro/Bar area and had to order our meals from the bar. Staff were very friendly and extremely helpful, but full table service might have been expected, given the prices.

At first glance, the prices look high and its hard to judge how much food to order. The menu offers a selection of "small plates" (most plates under $20 each) and a further selection of large plates( $34 to $42) and its obviously designed to share. Between three of us down one end of the table, we ordered Crispy Pork Hock (3 cm cubes of pure indulgence) and Grilled Prawns from the small plate menu and the Lamb Mussaman Curry (a shoulder joint in a huge bowl of curry sauce with veg and small slices of potato) and Black Angus Short Rib with soy caramel and Wombok Slaw from the large plate Menu ($120 in total). The food was fantastic and I would recommend any of the dishes. The flavours are strong and the "fusion" actually works, with dishes like none I've tasted anywhere else. As it turns out, there was way too much food for the three of us, so the value for money at $40 each was pretty good.This isn't food that takes 10 minutes to cook in a wok and you can appreciate the effort and quality ingredients that went into each of the dishes.

I also followed up with a desert of vanilla and coconut panacotta with rasberry "cloud", palm suger jelly and basil salad. The panacotta was superb; smooth and creamy with small slices of fresh coconut on the base and went beautifully with the rasberry cloud (I think an aerated rasberry coulie). The palm suger jelly wasn't jelly; it was well over gelatinised which left us with beads of hard chewy stuff that wasn't pleasant to taste and the texture was awful, as were the small white pieces of what appeared to be a really bland candy stick. The basil salad ingredients could also have been left in the kitchen for me. Fresh basil gave a really good herb hit, but the flavours just didn't gell with the panacotta and rasberry. This was probably one case of being a little too clever with the fusion and I think the panacotta and rasberry made a great desert without the weird extras.

Pros:
Great Food with a difference and some real creativity in the menu
Great looking place with funky modern decor
Friendly, helpful staff
fast service and fair value for money

Cons:
Noisy
hard seats

Overall a really enjoyable night and we'll definitely go back when next we have a group dinner.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank BJAOz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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  • English first
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English first
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fine dining prices, bar atmosphere”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

At $160 for four small plates, wine (middle of the range) and dessert for two, it was a little on the high side, even for Canberra. The small plates were pretty small, I was pretty disappointed with the size, quality and presentation of the sashimi. The food is asian inspired and the great thing is how well flavours are used. Dessert was so so. They've got a bit of a deconstructed thing going on, but presentation wasn't great. If you're aiming for this price range and want a special night out, soju girl is ok but nothing to write home about.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Lena_989
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
103 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Nice, but noisy ......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

Visited with 5 friends on a Monday night and the place was very busy. First pleasant surprise was the quirky way in which cocktails are served (they come in a plastic take away carton). Not sure of their name (possibly lotus chips), which are on the table, so yummy. The menu offers a large selection of small plates and possibly 5 or 6 options of larger plates, all for sharing. Menu is heavy on the fish side and I was not looking forward to visiting but the dishes I did eat were beautiful, so tasty. The staff will guide you whether they think you have too little or too much - we went for 5 small and one large, which was enough, we didn't even have room for desert. Our waiter was very good, but we did have different waiters bring food for other tables brought us on three occasions. Good atmosphere, but very noisy and we had to shout over the music to hear each other, which was not good.

The bill for six people which included a bottle of wine, 4 beers and 2 cocktails was $300, which I thought to be very reasonable. Will definitely go back next time I visit Canberra.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Jazzy_Mango
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Canberra
Level Contributor
13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

I really enjoyed the atomsphere and feel of Soju Girl. The Tapas are amazing and i would recommend this place for a little get together with friends or a romantic dinner. The food was excellent and the staff were down to earth and friendly.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank 114RobertD114
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Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Original and good for something different”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

We ate there on Easter Saturday dinner. We really didn't like the chairs, very uncomfortable.
The menu is hard to read and understand. If they had pictures of the food it would be very helpful. As it was we ordered and hoped for the best.
The prices are expensive but I guess its the experience you pay for, something different.
You can order what other restaurants would call entrees to share. We paid $26 just for one of them but it was great. We also had a main which is enough for two to share- the duck curry which was a good serving and came with rice, quite filling but it lacked taste and was a little dry. The price of the main was reasonable.
They have a fine dining area but we couldn't get a table. So we sad next to the bar and ordered at the bar, but paid the same price as those in the fine dining area; seems strange to me.
A nice night but not a place we would go back to.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MissMG28
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