Muslim Foodies Review La Sophia
07 December 2013
We are glad we found this hidden gem of a restaurant. Just what we wanted, different and delicious food provided with great service at reasonable prices.
Tucked away on an undiscerning road near Ladbroke Grove this restaurant seems nothing special to passers-by. Once inside it is quite a pleasant surprise. There is usually live music in the form of a guitarist. The restaurant serves French/Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. When we arrived we were seated promptly and the waiter addressed our group immediately. The service was outstanding throughout and we even met the owner who was very pro-active, got involved and seemed genuinely concerned with our experience. He was a delightful man with an obvious passion for food.
Looking at the menu this restaurant immediately stands out as something you would not find on your usual halal restaurant menus. For example the starters included Artichoke soup, with roasted Shallots & white truffle oil & foi gras, to Beef tartare truffle, with chopped shallots, mustard & poached egg. These were quite reasonably priced and served in reasonable portions. The mains included things like Roasted sea bass fillet, quinoa, wild rice, spicy chorizo (halal), spring onions & lemon butter sauce. The favourite of the group was the marinated grilled rabbit, ras el hanout, pomegranate tabouli, grilled potato and wholegrain mustard. The portions were reasonable, the food was well presented and the atmosphere was great.
The deserts have their work cut out for them, living up to the rest of the menu, but somehow they manage to hold their own. The poached pear was delightful and definitely earned a place in my heart.
Overall the diversity of the menu, quality of the food, size of portions, the level of customer service and modest prices left nothing to be desired. It is definitely worth a visit.
The average spend per person is somewhere between £30 - £45.
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