SoHe in Jesmond is one of my favourite places in Newcastle to head for an evening of cocktails and food with friends. The Pan-Asian restaurant offers spectacular dishes for a truly colourful experience. Your evening is guaranteed to amaze with a good helping of bright flowers, delicious spices and tempting treats.
The perfect destination for a catch up with my favourite ladies - the Jesmond restaurant is great for an evening of gossip, cocktails of the world and a spot of Asian High Tea.
Here's how you can create your perfect night with the girls at SoHe!
Cocktails at SoHe
Of course, I can't talk about SoHe without mentioning the delicious cocktails. I like to begin the evening by meeting my friends at the bar - I can't get enough of the colourful tiles and snazzy stools and always end up taking loads of snaps for Instagram
Start your night with a glass of Kwai Royal (£7.95), SoHe's take on the classic Kir Royale, with Kwai Feh, Chambord, Prosecco and Lychee. All great nights should start with a glass of fizz!
The cocktails at SoHe are so fun with plenty of twists on the classics. My favourite is SoHe's own version of a Porn Star Martini where the Prosecco is poured into a passion fruit shell and floated on the top of the drink. It's almost too beautiful to drink ... almost!
The cocktails at SoHe feature unusual spirits, plenty of flair, colourful fruits and flowers and a sprinkle of spices - they are unlike anything else you'll find in Newcastle and the cocktail list is so impressive it's quite tough choosing what to try next.
Being a bit of a destination for the most colourful cocktails in Jesmond, you'll be pleased to hear that SoHe are planning on hosting cocktail master classes very soon!
I've dined in SoHe a fair few times over the years and am a huge fan of their varied menu. It's best enjoyed with the girls and I highly recommend you over order and share the dishes, it's a great way to try as much of the menu as possible.
SoHe is short for "Southern Hemisphere" (something that I only learnt on my last visit!) so on the menu you can expect to find dishes inspired by Asia with flavours of Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and beyond.
A highlight of the menu for me has to be the Tempura Prawns (£9.95) - the most succulent prawns covered in a perfectly light batter - so moreish that when I'm supposed to be sharing I tend to end up helping myself to extra when no one is looking!
The Crispy Balinese Rice Balls (£5.60) are to die for! Wild mushrooms, coriander and sesame seeds in a delicious crispy shell. They're tough little things to cut into but completely worth the effort when you get to the scrummy centre (plus I can't help but think working for your food is almost like exercise?)
As a self confessed spice wuss, I'm always pleasantly surprised by the dishes at SoHe as there are plenty that I can choose from that don't set my mouth on fire. I love Kaeng Khiao Wan (£13.90) - Thai green curry, chicken breast, peppers, aubergine, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, spinach and jasmine rice. The flavours are just out of this world.
Asian High Tea at SoHe
For those, like me, who have a sweet tooth, SoHe now serve Asian High Tea (£17.99 per person) available every Friday to Sunday from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
The perfect accompaniment to a long, leisurely afternoon with the girls, Asian High Tea is served with a pot of infused tea and two cocktails chosen from a selection.
Of course no afternoon tea is complete without scones and as you work your way up you'll find then hidden away in the middle with pots of jam and cream on the side.
The top tier of the Asian High Tea arrives courtesy of the Geordie Bakers and features mini desserts including macarons, lemon posset and chocolate torte. Of course, this being SoHe the stand comes fully decorated with the most beautiful coloured flowers, I've never seen such a beautifully coloured afternoon tea! The talented chefs at SoHe are hoping to create their own sweet treats to include on the tea very soon.
The SoHe High Tea is proving to be very popular and obviously takes a bit of work to put together so if you want to try it for yourself make sure you pre book.
Of course that's not all that SoHe has to offer, they also do a rather delicious looking brunch menu on a Sunday morning and host rather fabulous events (be sure to follow SoHe on Facebook so you don't miss out!)
SoHe invited us down for the evening for complimentary food and drink in exchange for this honest review.