WHAT I'M EATING: BAR SOBA WEST, GLASGOW

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My favourite food is Thai and Chinese, so I was excited to try the menu at the pan-Asian Bar Soba West on Glasgow’s Byres Road.

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We went on a Friday lunchtime, and it had a great vibe. It was great to have a seat by the window and people watch. The decor inside is very New York street-inspired with its exposed brickwork, graffitied walls, tin cans as condiment holders and wooden plank tables.

Just as much care has gone into the presentation of the food. Freshly chopped chillies and Asian vegetables add colour to dishes, and act as reminders that everything is freshly made to order.

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For a starter, my husband as I shared the Mixed Sharing Platter (£6.50 per person); which was amazing. The portion size is huge, and we needed a little break before we took on our main courses. It is excellent value for money- you get a large portion of Japanese chicken tempura and vegetable tempura with sweet chilli dip, plus chicken satay skewers and peanut sauce, Malaysian Sate Ayams (which are basically like onion bhajis) and Thai fishcakes stuffed full of fresh fish.

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We both chose Thai curries for our main course. I had the creamy Thai Green Chicken Curry (£10.95), which was mild and packed with flavour. My husband had Thai Red Duck Curry (£11.95) which had a stronger spice factor.

I can’t wait to go back again. The food is so authentic, flavoursome and fresh.

Laura Pearson-Smith