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May 15, 2014
[The new menus at Bar Soba specialise in pan-Asian street food.][1]
The new menus at Bar Soba specialise in pan-Asian street food.

It was a busy night in Edinburgh’s Bar Soba last night. Along with the two Glasgow branches on Mitchell Lane and Byres Road, the Hanover Street bar and kitchen was launching its new menu of pan-Asian street food and regulars had packed the place out.

Bar Soba’s Executive Chef Robert Montgomery has spent a lot of time travelling in South East Asia and he has put his experiences to good use devising a menu that ranges from Japanese teriyaki beef noodles to Taiwanese style steamed buns via Hong Kong dumplings.

Made from scratch

A couple of weeks ago, the 5pm Dining blog spent some time in Bar Soba’s kitchens and the sight of the kitchen teams building each dish from scratch was impressive. Just the thought of their lemongrass bill is enough to make our wallets shiver.

We’ll post a short film of Montychef prepping a Burmese style pork belly curry in a few weeks time. Until then, we can recommend the beef tataki – very rare Scottish sirloin beef which is served with pickled veg. We’ll also put a good word in for the steamed and sticky pork belly buns. These are filled with hoi sin pork belly and a little pickled apple and cucumber to give it bite.

You can view the full a la carte menus here. If you want to sample the food before booking in for a full blown dinner then the two course express lunch is yours for £8.95.


There are DJs playing in all the venues at the weekends. Regrettably, the 5pm Dining blog is too ancient and square to recognise any of the names apart from Sub Club veteran Harri who plays at the Mitchell Lane Bar Soba every Friday night.

More hip readers can cast an eye over the Bar soba DJ roster from here.