07 December 2013
La Sophia, a welcoming West London French and Mediterranean restaurant, with rustic vibe and reasonable prices has become the must 'visit' destinations for all foodies. A few minutes walking distance from the Westbourne Park station in the Notting Hill area it is situated at an almost stone throw away distance from the popular Portobello Market.
Claiming to be the only French restaurant to serve halal food in London, it is situated at Golbourne Road, in a neighbourhood filled with kebab shops, lebanese cafes, that prob- ably is quite lively around the day time, though in the evening, as I walked up it seemed a little quiet and lonely. But this quaint little restaurant undoubtedly has its own mysterious appeal.
Divided into two floors, the ambience inside is romantic, with a mediterranean charm along with candle lit tables and soft music (live on the weekend) stimulating one's wine soaked spirit.
The menu seems to change every season, but whether its Ramadan, ala Carte, byo (bring your own wine) or the set menu, it is a delight for every diner vegetarian, fisheterian or meat lovers. The ingredients are fresh and the taste is exquisite.
In my experience, restaurants offering more than one particular cui- sine don't cope with the Western standards of exclusivity but whether it's quality or texture of food La Sophia offers premium food with per- fect authentic taste.
The starters range from £6.95-13.95. Whereas the main course ranges from £13.50- £21.50. Desserts range from £5.50-9. If you are a meat lover, you do not
want to miss their rabbit dish with whole grained mustard.
The restaurant Head Chef and owner Muayad Ali has worked as a senior chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood café and executive chef at the Park Lane Hilton before opening La Sophia. Born in Palestine, Ali grew up with Mediterranean cuisine and later went on to train in classic French restaurants in Amsterdam, Switzerland, Belgium and the USA.
Ali opened the restaurant after spotting a gap in the market there was nowhere serving halal dishes on a fine dining menu. The restaurant staff are friendly and if you need any guidance with what to eat, they will walk you through the menu. So enjoy your time and I must say it in French bon appetit.
46 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR
(off Portobello Rd).
Tel: 020 8968 2200