"...There is a sense of occasion in Sophia. The spread of simple but deliciously zingy salads is colourful and photogenic. Possibly the most memorable of the selection of starters is the kabbah, a brilliantly light, egg shaped mouthful made from impossibly light and crumbly minced beef and lamb which comes with some hummus and pickled vegetables. And once we move into the main courses, the eventfulness of it all increases even more...."
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I recently had dinner at Sophia during a solo weekend in Belfast. I felt very welcome, and the meal was perfect for a cold evening. The lentil soup was superb, and the sea bass with a side of bulgur (I think) and other garnishes was delicious. And while I usually find baklava too sweet, this one struck the right balance between the not-overly-sweet filling and the flaky phyllo. The owner was very gracious, with a good sense of humor. A highly enjoyable evening.Elizabeth
I was here last night (02/03/16) with my girlfriend and a friend visiting from England. I am a fan of middle-eastern food, and was delighted to learn that an Egyptian restaurant had opened in Belfast.Chris
When we arrived, the service was excellent. The manager and owner, Hossam personally made sure that we got to experience a range of the food available and we ended up having three courses.
In particular, the falafel and the kofta were superb. That said, there was nothing really that I would say wasn't excellent. If you go, make sure to treat yourself to the rice pudding, which is fantastic.
Overall, I was extremely happy with my experience, and will certainly be back.
"...our experience at Sophia was definitely the best we have had in Belfast in a long time. The staff made us feel welcome from the beginning, tended to our every need, and most importantly where enthusiastic about the food ..."
Review from Belfast SocialBelfast Social
“We had dinner here last night, flavoursome food with attention to detail. Friendly service with a personal touch from the owner/chef. Highly recommend the mixed grill, all our dishes were great and decent portions. Will definitely be back - thank you for a lovely evening!”Wendy
“Fabulous. My partner is Egyptian is very impressed with the food. He said finally he has found an Egyptian place to come and eat proper food that he misses and loves.”Erin
“Was in for dinner on Saturday the bread and dips were excellent, mixed grill was delicious and the place looks amazing can't wait to go back”Ciaran
Had a lovely evening here recently. The owner was very inviting and helpful in recommending dishes to try. He set up a selection of starters for us which were all delicious. The main courses were equally good and beautifully cooked and presented. If you would like to try something a bit different I would really recommend it.Bernie
A relaxing catch up with friends on Sunday was a culinary delight as usual. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous taste combinations. The starters & main courses are delicious and everything is so fresh & inviting. Our host Hassan always treats us well and provides us with excellent advice. This will be a regular watering hole for the future!Lily
My eagle eyed friend had spotted Sophia a few months ago so we thought we'd try it out today for an impromptu lunch. Sophia is an Egyptian and Middle Eastern restaurant and thus serves one of my favourite foods - Falafels. Today I had a Falafel sandwich which consisted of the nicest Falafels I have ever tasted, served in Egyptian bread with a fresh, tasty side salad and Tahini. It was fabulous and I enjoyed every single morsel.
Sophia restaurant itself is beautiful - fresh, new and decorated in light grey tones with Egyptian hieroglyphics everywhere - even the menu is papyrus style! The Gentleman who served us was warm, welcoming and friendly and here's a beautiful outside 'Shisha' Garden. As Sophia is BYOB I know I'll be spending most of my summer evenings here sitting outside relaxing, drinking wine and eating gorgeous food. In the meantime I can't wait to get back to Sophia for dinner over the next week or two. An absolutely wonderful and unique restaurant.Ciara Slevin
The dark days of December were brightened considerably by our trip to this quirky and elegant new restaurant in Belfast's University area. The Chef/Patron is Egyptian and this is reflected in several of the dishes on the menu, but what is particularly articulated is a wide range of the sunshine flavours of Eastern Mediterranean food.
The Egyptian Lentil soup was deep, earthy and rich, and the Fresh Vine Leaves with a hummus, a million miles from the commercially produced items.
The Mixed Grill was a delight to look at and presented meats that were fantastically well seasoned and perfectly cooked. The Lamb Tajine was as unctuous and comforting as you would have wished.
It is clear that here is a Chef who loves food, who understands cooking and who treats good ingredients with the simplicity and respect that they deserve. The service was charming and the corkage charge of £2.50 very reasonable.
Sophia is such a welcome addition to Belfast restaurant offering. It's highly assured cooking allows food to sing. We will certainly be returning. It is just a delight.
OMG, what a place! Sophia is a brilliant addition to the Belfast Restaurant scene. Located on University road, this is a perfect spot for a successful business - although public does not seem to have discovered this gem yet.Éda
Sophia is fresh, new and something special - you can spot this already from the outside. Decor blends modern furniture with Egyptian motifs, the atmosphere is very pleasant.
The menu is not extensive, which I always take as a good sign: assumes that chefs prepare few dishes but those are close to perfection. I went for the Egyptian style of bread with a trio of dips: tohima, hummus and baba ganouche - all very tasty and filling. For mains I had the mixed grill plate. This again was delicious, a carnivore's perfect meal of steak, lamb, chicken and kofta all cooked to perfection with salad almost just serving as decoration on the plate. Even though I was already full I was determined to try a dessert as well which I did not regret: the Omali is incredible, if there is such a thing as a comfort dessert, this is it! Enjoyed it very much, I could only fault the icecream it was served with, not being very flavorsome but that wouldn't stop me from giving a massive 5 stars to Sophia.
After dinner we spent a couple of hours outside trying different flavours of Shisha - I soooo love it! Service was perfect throughout the evening and I can't wait to go back!
Absolutely fantastic addition to Belfast's culinary options - This Egyption restaurant serves a selection of authentic dishes and desserts, each one nicer than the last. Not being familiar with Egyptian cuisine I was delighted to find it's an amalgamation of Greek and north African with flatbreads, falafel, tagine, chargrilled meats, hummous, tahini and many more good things! The desserts were fantastic particularly the proprietors own mothers recipe rice pudding! With attentive, fun service and a lovely space, modern with bare brick and timber but some lovely subtle touches bringing in the Egyptian culture it's a really nice relaxing spot. It also has a terrace which is something the rest of the venues along this stretch of road should add (so much wasted space outside Villa Italia next door!). We partook of the Shisha - the Middle eastern herbal smoke pipe which was a really fun experience too. Overall, very highly reccommended!Brian