SoJo's reputation as one of the finest Chinese restaurants in
As tempting as the prospect of Dim Sum was we chose the starter platter as our first dish. This platter contains satay chicken, vegetarian spring rolls, salt & pepper chicken wings, sesame prawn toast, and Thai prawn crackers. The variety here was great and each individual item proved a delectable introduction to our meal. I could have eaten more of each, especially the sesame prawn toast which was particularly good. So good in fact that we indeed ordered more to accompany our mains.
SoJo's menu is a combination of Szechuan, Shanghainese and Cantonese dishes and these is an abundance of choices for mains divided into poultry, beef & lamb, pork, tofu, vegetable, and seafood sections. I went for the beef brisket braised in five spice sauce and my partner chose the shredded deep fried beef with chili. For our sides we went with the shredded chicken fried rice and the egg fried rice - we certainly ordered too much rice! The mains were outstanding, both in terms of quantity and the distinctive flavours. The beef brisket had an enticing sauce, while the shredded beef had a great texture and contained the decent amount of meat. In fact, the meat at SoJo is great, with every dish containing more than you would expect. From the chicken to the beef, everything was exquisitely cooked, making our meal heavenly.
As well as outstanding food SoJo has a lovely, relaxed ambience. We were given the time needed to enjoy our meal and were allowed to eat at our own pace. Our food came out quickly, with the perfect gap between starters and mains. The staff were friendly and welcoming but pleasingly left us alone during our meal. The atmosphere of SoJo was lovely and really enhanced the evening.
Please do seek out SoJo. The food is great, with a range to the menu that requires repeat visits (I will be going back very soon). The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, and this might just be the best Chinese meal I've ever had. As
Our meal cost £55.70, including a 10% service charge.