Soho Bar and Restaurant is in Grand Parade in the centre of Cork City It is close to the corner with Washington Street, and in fairness it is fairly hard to miss. Soho extends over four floors, and is one of the largest venues in the city Food is available from breakfast, right through the day and evening, seven days a week.
Cork seems to have taken over the mantle from Dublin with what could be called a super pub, though that term is probably past its sell by date, now. Soho is a huge pub, but the food offering is a big part of their business and for a casual bite at any time, it’s a good spot.
Mornings stop by for coffee and a croissant, while at the weekends brunch is served until 3pm, and if you are a fan of eggs Benedict, they do a mean one. The ground floor is the main bar area, and is a busy spot most of the time with a steady lunch trade, The daytime menu is pretty big and offers a broad choice, from classic Caesar salad to a choice of Thai stir fries, a couple of pasta dishes and a range of homemade burgers.
On the first floor the restaurant opens for dinner in the evenings and the menu stays casual, but throws in a few surprises such as their lava rock steaks, where a heated rock is brought to the table and you finish cooking your own steak. This is a trend that is becoming quite popular, but at time of writing, Soho is the only place in Cork that we know of who dies it. It certainly works well with a gang, and adds to the sharing experience.
There are two more floors in Soho, one of which is a barbeque deck at roof level, with views over the city, which when we get some good weather, has to be one of the best places to be. Soho serves good food at reasonable prices, it’s not fine dining, but then they aren’t trying to be, what you get is tasty food, nice surroundings at fair prices, and you never know, you might find yourself at a rooftop barbeque in the sunshine. Can’t be bad.