It’s been a long time since i’ve eaten at Sojo. Not for any particular reason – I liked it last time I went. I think it’s because if I’m going to eat anywhere near Hythe Bridge, I usually choose Bangkok House, which is across the street, and which has excellent Thai food. I was going to the New Theatre to see the Chinese State Circus this week, so I stuck with the theme of the night and picked Sojo chinese restaurant as a pre-theatre meal. The first thing that struck me was that the restaurant seemed very full for 6:30pm on a Thursday. The second thing that struck me was there was a lot of Chinese people eating there – always a good sign!
Hubs and I were seated at a small table which was a little too close to the other tables around us, but it was crowded, so we didn’t have much choice. The staff were very friendly and easily available when we needed them. We were served by several different people, and all had a big friendly smile and were very fast to respond to any request.
We ordered vegetarian spring rolls to start, followed by White Fish Fillet Braised in Shanghai Sauce, Sojo Vegetable Soft Noodles and Ginger Chinese Stem Broccoli.
The spring rolls were very disappointing. They were very greasy and had almost no filling. I wouldn’t recommend these.
The rest of the meal was excellent. The Braised Fish was particularly good. The portion was pretty hefty and the sauce was lovely and sweet.
The vegetable soft noodles were a little on the bland side, but with a little of the sauce from the fish, they were fantastic. The noodles were soft and slippery, and there was a good amount and variety of vegetables (not well represented by this photo).
Lastly, the ginger chinese stem broccoli was the star for me. I’m a huge fan of stir fried broccoli anyway, but this was just delicious. Not too much ginger, thankfully, and nice and crisp and perfectly seasoned.
Sojo offers Mongolian Wok, which I didn’t try, but the two women at the next table did. I inspected the wok area when I went to the loo, as it’s in the back of the restaurant. It looks like fun – you pick what you want from a large buffet of vegetables, noodles and meats, and they cook it for you. I believe it’s one price for all you can eat, but the bowls are tiny and they instruct you to only fill half or less of the bowl with meat. The women next to me went back three times because the portions are pretty small. If you have the time and you enjoy the process, then it can be fun I guess. For non-meat eaters, I don’t think it would be worth the price for just vegetarian noodles. If you’re a meat eater with a hefty appetite and all the time to spare, then it could be a rather good deal!
Overall I like Sojo. I don’t think it’s the best Chinese restaurant in Oxford, but it’s authentic and good, has a nice atmosphere and good service. I would definitely choose to go back if I wanted Chinese food in/near the city centre.
Sojo, 6/9 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2EW
01865-202888 | Website