The first time I visited to Sohe, in Jesmond, was last year when I had the pleasure of interviewing its head chef. I remember the venue looked absolutely stunning and I’ve always wanted to return, but being a Sunderland-girl and working six days a week I’ve just never had the time.
So, I was very excited when I was invited to Sohe to celebrate its first birthday. The venue was just as lovely as I remembered, but this time I could sit back and enjoy fully what Sohe has to offer.
For those who don’t know Sohe, it’s about Asian inspiration with a cosmopolitan vibe, which allows you to unwind in a whole new type of culture. It creates dishes, which showcase foods from all over Asia to tantalise and tease the senses.
We arrived just in the knick of time to get the last seats because a few minutes later the place was heaving. Before we had even looked at the cocktail menu, a mouth watering aroma filled the air. It was a heavenly chicken smell and we kept looking around to see if we could catch a glimpse of what it was, but sadly I think we missed the food.
Nevermind, we weren’t complaining, we had a prime spot at the bar and what’s a birthday bash without cocktails?
After glasses of fizz we sipped the Sohe specials, which were a Sohe Collins and the Balinese Mule. The Balinese Mule was my favourite – it tasted like being on holiday, lounging on the beach.
I’m sure everyone who was there will agree that not only did the cocktails look incredible, they tasted even better, (and you can see how pretty they look).
We thought the evening couldn’t get any better and then Sohe put the cherry on top and gave us all an exclusive VIP look at Sohe’s new sister bar, 97 & Social Bar, before its official launch night.
Although we were warned it “still looked like a building site” the decor was absolutely stunning. It’s a mix of traditional aspects with modern and quirky pieces. A lot different from Sohe, but you can see they’re born from the same inspiration – putting something new and fresh on Osborne Road.
Who else was at Sohe’s first birthday bash? Which cocktail was your favourite?
Sarah Jayne x