Situated on Osborne Road, in the heart of Newcastle’s culinary core, Jesmond, Sohe is a foodie destination. A haven where stunning interiors fuses with exotic flavours to whisk you away to the Far East and beyond. With a all-new a la carte menu, I ventured through its door to see what Asian cuisine it has to offer…
I’ve been to Sohe many of times to indulge in cocktails, but I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling its menu until now. The a la carte menu is set to take your tastebuds on a tour of Asia with styles and flavours of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Korea, to name but a few. In general, Sohe offers dishes that have never been seen in Newcastle before, using rare and exotic ingredients expertly blended with herbs and spices.
Looking at the menu my mouth was already watering in anticipation, and after sometime we finally decided to order the Pork and Scallops, as well as the Chilli Squid with Indonesian with Rice Noodle for starters followed by Kaeng Khiao Wan and Teriyaki Glazed Salmon for mains.
Unfortunately because I’m from Sunderland I was driving and couldn’t enjoy the dynamic cocktails menu that Sohe has to offer, however, the venue is able to adapt it’s drinks to make each one non-alcoholic. Tasha and I named a few ingredients that we liked and they created a drink for us, so bespoke that it didn’t even have a name! And it tasted even better than it looked!
While waiting for our food, I couldn’t help but take in my surroundings as the decor in Sohe is absolutely stunning. Think modern and stylish surfaces topped with plush accessories, and with a sprinkling of fresh plants and vibrant flowers. There’s also a corner of the restaurant which is completely covered in greenery and gives off those jungle, paradise vibes.
Soon our starters were served and they were perfectly presented. My squid was tender and enclosed in a light, but crispy coating. Definitely for those who like spice as the chilli dip did leave a small inferno growing at the back of my mouth. I couldn’t help but have a nibble of Tasha’s starter too. Her belly pork was cooked to perfect, so tender and gooey, and the scallops complemented the meat really well. While we waite for our mains to arrive we nibbled on our prawn crackers, which I thought were a nice touch to the table.
Tasha’s Kaeng Khiao Wan, which is basically a Thai green curry, came with chicken breast, peppers, aubergine, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and spinach, finished with a side of coconut rice. While my Teriyaki Glazed Salmon came with a side of steamed broccoli and asparagus topped with a sprinkling of honey and sesame seeds. Again, everything looked picture-perfect.
My salmon just fell to pieces as soon as I cut into it, which is always a good sign. It had a crisp layer on top, which tasted divine mixed with the richness of the honey. I also squeezed a fresh lime on top on my vegetables, which even though they were steamed, give a lovely zing to them. If my jeans weren’t bursting at the seams, I would have loved to eat the whole thing again.
Lately, I’ve been making more of an effort to choose healthier options when I’m dining out, as opposed to burgers and chips. And in Sohe you just can’t go wrong, as the majority of the menu is enriched with proteins, vegetables and light sides. I loved that I went here, had a delicious meal and didn’t feel guilty, or have to factor in another gym session to burn off what I ate.
For those looking for a foodie destination that transports all your senses for the evening, then I would highly recommend a visit to Sohe. I’m already planning a second visit to take my mam, as Sohe offers a huge selection of freshly made sushi which I know my mam and I would LOVE.
Sarah Jayne x
I was offered a complimentary meal in exchange for a review. This review is all my own words and 100% my honest opinion.