Right next to the Backpackers’ Hotel in Hythe Bridge Street – a street with many Asian restaurants and only a short walk from Oxford Railway Station, Sojo offers something a little different to your usual Chinese restaurant.
Before talking about the food itself, let me say we found the service to be exceptionally good with attentive and helpful staff ready to explain the very extensive menu.
First of all, the menu at Sojo is very extensive and serves Cantonese, Szechuan and from Shanghai. It also offers a Mongolian grill. There’s a large choice of starters too. And it caters to vegetarian tastes too. The menus on the Sojo website only provides a selection of the food available.
We ordered Tsing Tao beers to drink, and went for the tempura, the very spicy beef strips, a portion of white “jasmine” rice and soft chicken noodles with some added chillies. All three of us agreed the food was tasty, well presented and the portions were generous.
The restaurant seemed very ready to tailor your dish the way you want it.
The portions were very generous and the prices reasonable. Eating for three with five Tsing Taos came to #52 – and the bill includes a discretionary 10 percent service charge, which is shared among the staff, we were assured.
While the restaurant is small, the décor is rather attractive and you don’t get the feeling of being hemmed in – there’s plenty of room there. There’s some really fab old Shanghai posters adorning the wall. This restaurant does get busy on Fridays and Saturdays, so it is worth making a reservation if you’re going in the evening.
It’s always a principle of ours when reviewing a restaurant to also check out the toilets too – and these were clean and well kept.
Our Rating: 4 out of 5