By Dave Sclair
Every now and then it’s a good idea to step out of your comfortable arrangements and try something new. I hadn’t planned it that way, but when the restaurant my wife and I planned on visiting was closed I remembered hearing about another place nearby from a friend ‚Ä¶ Sofia Bistro in University Place.
Located in a little strip mall just off Bridgeport Way, I remembered it was next to a drugstore and so I pulled into the parking lot. There was the drug store and amazingly there was a parking spot right in a corner right next to the sign for the restaurant.
A bald-headed fellow was standing outside and he motioned for me to pull into the spot. He went inside the restaurant and when we got to the door, there he was holding it open for us.
‚ÄúDo you always stand outside and keep parking spaces available at the door for diners,‚Äù I asked? He grinned and indicated he tried. Creig Kostoff, owner of this 10-month-old restaurant, was our greeter and he quickly put as a table. The interior is painted in rather dark colors that are broken up by large paintings that brighten the atmosphere as well as provide interesting artistic additions.
In moments a waitress was at our table with water glasses and even though all but a couple tables were filled the service was prompt, but not making us feel rushed.
The menu was a delight to read through and included a welcome array of starters and entrees.
Since we were hungry but not wanting full meals, we checked out the starters rather carefully and I ended with the soup of the day and a salad of mixed greens. Both were hearty-enough servings to fulfill my needs of the evening. The seafood-based soup had a delightful taste unlike most I’ve experienced in the area. The salad included crisp lettuce and included shaved cheese, red wine onions, tomatoes, candied nuts and was topped with a red wine vinaigrette that was well-balanced for a little bite of vinegar.
The slice of lemon cream dessert was a perfect cap for the evening’s light dinner.
While waiting for my dinner, I checked through the full menu and made a mental note of items I wanted to come back and try both at lunch and dinner times.
For example, I’m interested in trying the tapas some evening and since they change almost nightly, I was advised by the waitress, it obviously is going to take more than one visit to test the variety.
For a lunch idea, I want to try out the German sausage on a hoagie roll with stone ground mustard and sauerkraut. Finally, for an entree I’m interested in tasting the rack of venison with autumn lentils, wild mushrooms with a cherry demi glace.
Sofia Bistro is located at 2700 Bridgeport Way, Suite C, in University Place. It’s on the west side of the street at the intersection of 27
Street next to Bartell’s Drugstore. Lunch is served daily from 11 am to 2 pm and dinner is available Monday – Thursday 5-9 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The bistro is closed on Sunday.
Since this is a relatively small facility, reservations are probably a good idea, particularly in the evening. You can reach Kostoff at 460-9446 for reservations. The restaurant’s website also has a full menu, including wine list, photos of artwork and information about the artist and additional material.