Lili Pham в София, снимка placescases.com

The memorable Asian cuisine of Lili Pham, Sofia, Bulgaria

Restaurant Lili Pham rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4.9 out of 5.

June 2021


Seen              5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Felt                5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Heard            5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Smelled         5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com      

Tasted            4.5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 4.5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensogrpah of placescases.com

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It used to be on the yellow cobblestones of Tsar Osvobodite blvd, but on my last visit to The Friendly Bear I saw that Lili Pham was already right next to it. It had been on placescases.com’s shortlist for a long time, but somehow I didn’t manage to visit it. I’m glad that I’ve already caught up with it, because it turned out to be our top choice for an Asian restaurant, completely competing head-to-head with our favorite Hamachi Ni in Sofia..

See ….

…. The space is huge – there are several halls, a discreet booth with a round table for 9-10 people, with a rotating center for sharing food, a winter garden, which is non-smoking and this is commendable;

…. Sunday noon is empty and you can safely go without a reservation and without worrying about the concentration of potential virus carriers;

…. Bamboo and aquarium with small colorful fish – such things always give an exotic charm and coziness.

Feel ….

…. Great service, friendly, with adequate explanation of the food, and this is important for restaurants with more exotic and unfamiliar cuisines;

…. Crispy texture of fried Dim Sum Wonton with shrimps;

… Pleasant but not excessive spiciness of Thai soup Tom Yum.

 Hear ….

…. Nice music, not Asian, but it’s Sunday- and- good- digestion-wise;

… Foreign speech, at some of the tables – obviously the guests of Sofia quickly find their way to the nice places.

Movie watching time: 1:55 min.


Smell ….

…. The great aromas of Tom Yum – lemongrass, galangal!

Tom Yum is a traditional spicy sweet and sour Asian soup with aromatic spices, fish sauce, shrimp and mushrooms.

Taste ….

…. We tried wonderful Singaporean noodles with chicken;

…. Tom Yum soup – delicious, but there could be a little more shrimps in it;

…. Dim Sum, especially if you have never tried it – steamed or fried, with different ingredients and different sauces, slightly spicy, sweet and sour, mayonnaise-, great!

Dim Sum is a traditional Chinese tapas similar to dumplings. It means “touching the heart” and is just a hors d’oeuvre before a main course. It originated in the 10th century, in Cantonese cuisine as an appetizer to tea. Nowadays, dim sum is prepared in various forms – steamed or fried, from a variety of ingredients, served at any time of the day and to our joy it is also available in Lili Pham.

They serve 4 of them in a portion, so order different ones and share them with your fellow-diners.

….  Singapore Shrimps in a Wok – with tomato sauce, resembles saganaki, but has nothing in common because of the different aroma and the presence of rice.

Surely you can try many more things and be satisfied, we just couldn’t fit in our stomachs anymore.

How to get to restaurant Lili Pham?

Don’t worry about getting to restaurant Lili Pham in Sofia. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

29 Slavyanska str., Sofia, Bulgaria

A: 1000 29 Slavyanska str, Sofia, 1000

T: + 359 896840507

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00-23:00

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