FOOD | Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone at Bar Soba

Bar Soba Leeds South-East Asia Cuisine Restaurant

Hello lovelies!

Today’s post sure is a DELICIOUS ONE. Oh how I would love to be experiencing these hella’ good flavours right now, rather than my soggy limp student pesto pasta. (even if it is covered in a mountain of cheese) 

A couple of weeks ago I was very lucky to attend Bar Soba in Leeds, a restaurant offering South-East Asian cuisine, made with the finest, freshest ingredients. Originating in Scotland, there are also 3 restaurants in Glasgow and 1 in Edinburgh.

You know when you arrive somewhere (late, may I add, I couldn’t find it!) and you just instantly fall in love? That is what happened here – the venue is absolutely stunning, very blogger friendly! Look for yourself…..

Bar Soba Leeds South-East Asia Cuisine Restaurant

Bar Soba Leeds South-East Asia Cuisine Restaurant

Bar Soba Leeds South-East Asia Cuisine Restaurant

I am beginning to see these kind of lights EVERYWHERE, but that’s okay…. I really want some in my bedroom! After taking lots of photos of the fabulous venue, because yano, photos come before food in blogger world, it was time to take our seats for our meal! We were trying out a brand new menu, that should be available for you to wolf down now! 

It was great to step out of my comfort zone with the food and drink choices here. I call myself quite a fussy eater, and I am the kind of person that doesn’t really enjoy experimenting new things. But all the menu choices below were things that I just wouldn’t pick myself, however I absolutely loved ALL OF THEM! 

Let’s just say, if you had to ask my two least favourite foods, they would probably be egg and bananas, so just keep this in mind for the rest of the post….. 

Bar Soba Leeds South-East Asia Cuisine Restaurant

I was set to spend the evening with the lovely Rhianna and Joe, third wheeling as per! But that’s okay, I love love love their company. The chef began to talk us through the starter which was Beef War Tip Dumplings in a Red Bean Sauce, with Crispy Shallots and he asked for some people to assist him in making them. 

I won’t lie. I freaked out inside, like a lot.

I could feel my anxiety levels rising. Watching people prepare my food for me when I can clearly see they haven’t washed their hands, makes me have a bit of a freak out… until…. GLOVES. I saw gloves and my anxiety levels were restored, and it was time to tuck into the delicious dumplings! (they were bloody fantastic) 

If I am honest, they weren’t even on my plate for like more than two seconds. YUM. SO so SO flavoursome, boy do Bar Soba know their flavours. 

Bar Soba Leeds Coconut and Chilli Daiquiri

Bar Soba are not only credible for their fantastic flavours (so proud of my alliteration, gold star please) but they are also cocktail masterminds. The cocktail specialist told us about his cocktail creation that he had developed to match perfectly with the starter. 

The Coconut and Chilli Daiquiri was our first one. See that orange rim around the glass? That is CHILLI, and wow, it had a KICK to it, and I love love love spicy food! The drink itself was lovely, even for someone that isn’t a fan of coconut at all, after a terrible teen experience with Malibu, but we don’t need to discuss that. 

Bar Soba Leeds Japanese Plum Sour

Next up was the main, and if it was anything like the starter, Rhi, Joe and I were so excited! The main was a Thai Red Sauce Duck Leg Confit with asian greens, lotus root crisps and crispy rice squares, (woaaaaah that name is long) accompanied with another cocktail of course, the Japanese Plum Sour. 

Let’s begin with the duck. SWEET LORD. This was absolutely incredible and cooked to utter perfection, because yano, I’m an expert with duck and I know these things. I’m totally kidding, I wouldn’t ever pick duck in a restaurant as my main, and now I am wondering why not. It’s not a meat that I am particularly familiar with, but this was like the most perfect main ever. The flavours alongside all of the meal components just made it for me, the crunchiness and the mixture of textures against the duck was divine. 

The rum cocktail….. I was quite apprehensive at the thought of egg white being in it. (Even when the guy said that lots of people are put off by egg white in cocktails and that you can’t taste it) I should have trusted him, since he seriously knows his stuff when it comes to drinks, but I was still scared. I feel silly now, because the drink was deliciously sweet, and probably my favourite drink of the night! 

PUDDING TIME. Who doesn’t love pudding? Guess what it was? *monkey faced emoji with hands in front of it’s face*

It was a deep fried banana in a coconut batter, with a salted peanut ice cream. Let me tell you, I don’t remember the last time I have been able to eat a banana, obviously this is different to eating a standard banana, the batter certainly helped… BUT I ATE IT ALL, and I am so proud of myself – it was pretty damn tasty if you ask me! It matched perfectly to the beautiful ice cream! Everybody knows I have a soft spot to peanut flavoured things.

I have had to borrow some food photos from Bar Soba and Independent Leeds, since the food area was unfortunately rather dark. They are watermarked, just so you know which, thank you guys!

Beef War Tip Dumplings in a Red Bean Sauce, with Crispy Shallots

Thai Red Sauce Duck Leg Confit with asian greens, lotus root crisps and crispy rice squares
deep fried banana in a coconut batter, with a salted peanut ice cream.

Hope you enjoyed this post lovelies! Gosh I am hungry. I know I spent the majority of the post saying ‘oh no it had x in which I don’t like’ but I honestly had such an amazing experience here, and loved all of the food I was kindly given – I didn’t leave anything, success! I am proud, and it makes me just want to experiment with my foods more, after all, our tastebuds do change as we grow up!

MORAL OF THE STORY GUYS: Be brave, try new foods!

Bar Soba is such a lovely little hidden gem that I hadn’t heard of before. Experiencing lovely places like this is just one of the amazing things about blogging, and I am so grateful for all of my opportunities! May I finally add, the staff were WONDERFUL, thank you so much for having me! 

If you are ever in Leeds (or Scotland for that matter) but Leeds particularly… since you can go with me, I would 100% recommend checking this place out! The flavours are out of this world! It is amazing how much flavour they pack into their cuisine, makes me really want to get better at seasoning my own foods…. anyway, I am rambling now, love you lots! 

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*Bar Soba provided the food and drink in return for a post, however all delicious describing words are my own*


  1. October 9, 2015 / 10:33 am

    I went to Bar Soba the other day for lunch and it was fantastic! I had some kind of a roast pork with plum sauce … delicious! It was late lunchtime so we didn't get to sit upstairs unfortunately but from what I saw it looked fantastic – I'd love to go there for an event or something!

    Imogen //

  2. October 9, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    I'm a fussy eater so I feel your pain, I'd be proud of trying stuff too! It looks really delicious, those cocktails look amazing and the venue is beautiful!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  3. October 9, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    EVERYTHING looks and sounds delicious! I used to be such a fussy eater but now I will try anything! I love food like this, full of flavour and photo-worthy to boot! The place itself looks stunning and so bright!

    Sarah 🙂
    Saloca in Wonderland

  4. October 9, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Yuuuuum this looks amazing! I love love love Asian food and this place sounds incredible! Glad you were able to leave your comfort zone and it was worth it <3 x

    Martha Jane |

  5. October 14, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Oh my god I really need to come here, the interior is gorgeous and the menu sounds like my kind of food! So pleased that you tried/enjoyed everything, and your photos are gorgeous!

    Hazel xx

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