The reviews for Sohe in Jesmond have been a mixed bag historically. Billed as ‘a haven of exotic flavours and stunning interiors sure to whisk you away to the Far East’ on its own website, my experiences may have led me to conclude that Thailand was more mediocre than marvellous if Sohe was its embodiment here in the North East. Hearing that Parichat Somsri-Kirby had now taken the helm- previously of the fantastic Ko Sai (now closed) – I felt buoyed that standards would have improved since my last visit back in early 2017.
Sohe’s participation in Vegan Restaurant Week, and a bargain 2 course for £10 offer, led me to dine there recently. Nothing has changed with the interior, which has always been stylish and elegant. It is the perfect venue for a night out with friends or romantic meal a deux. We didn’t ask to see the standard menu, but I presume with a new Head Chef there’s been an overhaul of the dishes. With starters like an Asian Supper Food Salad or Hot and Sour Mushroom and Lemongrass Broth, and mains of Stir-fried Vegetable and Wild Mushroom with Chilli and Ginger and Roasted Vegetables with Spicy Peanut Sauce with Rice Noodles, we were spoilt for choice.
I started with Tofu & Chive Dumplings, which were served with a thick and salty Hoisin dip, while my friend had Salt & Pepper Sweet Potato Skins. We enjoyed the dumplings so much we ordered seconds!
The mains of Stir-fried Vegetables and mellow Vegetable Yellow Curry (a favourite of ours from the Ko Sai days) were spot-on and not miserly considering the price of the special offer.
We were well lubricated by some decent cocktails, which- like the surroundings – were elaborately presented. Sohe is one of the top destinations in Jesmond for drinks, even if you aren’t dining in the restaurant.
Admittedly it was mid-week in January, but we felt it was a shame Sohe seemed to be struggling considering the standard of food on offer. The installation of Parichat as head chef has added a new lease of life to the menu and elevated what’s on offer at this stylish restaurant. I hope that more people give it a second chance. You can find out more about the specials available during January here.
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