FOOD & DINING IN BULGARIA
The main meal is eaten in the middle of the day. Dinner is a social occasion, with dancing in many restaurants. Food is spicy, hearty and good. A lot of meals include meat, potatoes and cheese. Fruit is particularly good and cheap throughout the year. There is a wide variety of national dishes, as well as Western European standard dishes, which can be chosen on the spot at any restaurant. All good hotels have restaurants and there are many attractive folk-style restaurants and cafes throughout the country.
New restaurants are opening all the time in Sofia, but there arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t enough good chefs to go round and standards tend to yo-yo as a result. Service is traditionally on the slow side, but things are picking up in this department.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Tarator (cold soup made from cucumber, walnuts and yogurt.).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Kavarma (individual casseroles of pork or veal, onions and mushrooms).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Shishkebab (stuffed vine or cabbage leaves and moussaka).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Kebapcheta (small, strongly spiced, minced meat rolls).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Banitsa (pastry stuffed with fruit or cheese).
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Coffee, heavily sweetened, is particularly popular.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Drinks made from infusions of mountain herbs and dried leaves, particularly lime.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ White wines include Evksinograde, Karlouski Misket and Tamianka.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Heavy red wines include Mavroud and Trakia.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Liquors include mastika and rakia.
Tipping: Until recently not applicable but some restaurants now include a 10-12 per cent service charge.
PLACES TO DINE IN SOFIA
Before & After
ul. Hristo Belchev 12,
Tel: +359 2 981-6088
ul. Hristo Belchev 20,
Tel: +359 2 986-7431
ul. Ivan Vazov 12,
Tel: +359 2 988-0370
ul. Han Asparuh 36,
Tel: +359 2 980-6746
ul. Kozlodui 75,
Tel: +359 2 931-3148
ul. Tsar Simeon 78,
Tel: +359 2 983-1417/ 88 752-3376
ul. Atanas Dalchev 6,
Tel: +359 2 970-0111
Otvud aleyata zad shkafa
ul. Budapeshta 31,
Tel: +359 2 983-5545
ul. Denkoglu 3,
Tel: 359 2 986-2653
bul. Vasil Levski 45,
Tel: +359 2 981-4372