I was so excited to get a Zomato Meetup Invitation in my inbox this past week for #ZomatoXSophiasBistro! Zomato is the best app for anyone that loves food as much as I do – it has ratings, menus, contact details, directions and other information that will help you decide where to eat out. The mobile app is so easy to use that I have religiously been snapping my food and reviewing restaurants for the past few months. Follow me on Zomato here.
Sophia’s Bistro is a a lovely Mediterranean Restaurant situated in Illovo Square. The decor, lighting and pleasant live music created a very romantic, elegant ambiance. We were welcomed by the staff as well as the charming owner/chef who took us through the 6 “tasting” dishes planned for us that evening (it was quite sizable portions as you can see!). The courses were paired with some lovely wines: Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay for the salad and seafood dishes and a rich Shiraz for the lamb dish.
We started off with some bread rolls and Sophia’s Salad– a gorgeous combination of pears, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese that surprisingly all came together very well.
Next up was the Calamari Duo, this particular dish was one of the highlights for me because of the delicious fried calamari heads. DIVINE! The other part of this duo was a stuffed Falkland calamari stuffed on a tomato-based sauce.
The Cannelloni di Casa was another interesting dish with asparagus and brie cheese stuffed cannelloni, topped with bechamel and parmesan. I loved the different textures of this dish – crunchy asparagus and the creamy brie cheese.
The Grilled Fish dish followed, it was a firm juicy piece of yellowtail served with lentil rice. I particularly loved the mussels that came drenched in a lovely chive sauce.
I absolutely loved the slow cooked Moroccan lamb dish, by this time, 4 courses in, I was pretty stuffed but I persevered!! It had a gorgeous, rich, almost curry-like sauce and was served with sultana cous-cous and creamed spinach. That will be the first dish I have when I come back here with Hubster, for sure!
To finish off our dining experience, we were treated to a decadent Creme Brulee, skillfully caramelized by the chef at our table.
Beside the great food I also met a great bunch of people that share a passion for food! Thank you so much to Sophia’s Bistro and the Zomato team for a great evening. xxx