In my last post about the stay in Sofia, Bulgaria, I promised to tell you about the culinary sensation on Saturday evening. Let me first admit that I am not a food specialist, but I really appreciate a good meal, especially when it’s presenting other countries culture, habit and food tradition. This time we really got it all. The restaurant was nicely placed high up in the mountain with a lovely view of Sofia. It was an old building stone building and with a wonderful Bulgarian atmosphere. It was nicely decorated with farming equipment and I especially noticed a wooden rack that they made cheese in the good old days. The staff was dressed in Bulgarian traditional clothing, very colourful and nice. It reminds me a bit of the Norwegian national suites.

I’ve captured a bit from their website and that should give you an idea. Click here to take a closer look!

We where served a 6 course dinner with excellent wine and rakia (plum/grape brandy). It was just heavenly and served by the staff in a nice, bright and efficient way. You could really tell they where proud showing us the best from a traditional Bulgarian kitchen. This day it was special since they where celebrating St. Gerorge day too. I had my mobile phone camera ready of course and I knew my wife would love to hear and see it in all detail. Even if the quality is moderate, I’ll gladly share them with you:

Starter No 1 to the left: Shopska salad with cucumber, tomatoes etc. covered with feta cheese and then Pastarma; dry, raw beef meet.
Starter No 2 to the right: Zucchini covered with garlic mixed yoghurt.

Main course: Lamb prepared in St. George’s Day style
To the right: A “rest” course” with buffalo cheese and Bulgarian yellow cheese

Dessert to the left: Banitsa cake with cream
Dessert to the right: Sour yoghurt with honey and walnuts
What made the evening even more memorable was the performance of folk music and dancing. A lot of musicians and dancers where performing proudly in their very best way. It was just breath taking and you really were reminded that you where in a culture rich European country. The influence from Turkey and other eastern countries was also there and I even could recognice a similarity to the Nordic folksongs and dancing. I was so glad to see that this culture tradition was kept and to be shown as an important part of a people’s roots and tradition.

It was difficult to take pictures of the dancers swinging around so fast as it was quite dark, but I’ll show you some examples anyway. Both the professionals and the amateurs:-)

So that was my two stories from Bulgaria and I do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. But now the 17th of May, the Norwegian national day is soon to come, so my next posts will be about the culture and traditions from Norway – stay tuned!


  1. oh, the food looks great

  2. the food looks very nice and gorgeous. I bet they taste awesome as well

  3. great report. i never really thought about the food in bulgaria. i will admit that i was pretty ignorant to it until this post of yours. for some reason. i thought it would be lots of stew and potatoes. now i know better!

  4. The food looks yummyyyyy and seems familiar as I’ve worked in Istanbul,Turkey for more than 5 years :)

    Thanks for sharing your foodie escapades renny! have a great weekend!!!

  5. Mother of Invention

    Good to hear that you got to soak up the True Culture in spite of the presence of the big Mc!!
    Music and dancing is such a reflection of tradition. Wonder where your next trip will take you?

  6. Every country has its native cuisine to offer. Like April, I am ignorant to Bulgarian food.Thanks for sharing a little bit of this country’s cuisine. It looks yummy.

  7. @Ana & Charles: It teasted deliceous!
    @April: Well, it was a special ocation – St. George’s day – you know and I bet they wanted to show their best side for the turists. But it was their traditional food and that was good to see and taste.
    @CheH: It was and also the music and dancing – very influent by the Turkey. Have a great end to youre week too!
    @MoI: Well, right now I am in my home town showing my mother in law around – so stay tuned!
    @Aceian: You and the rest of you are welcome of course – It’s good to share some European culture from other countries as well you know :-)

  8. I am thinking of travelling to bulgaria soon! hehehehe

  9. Is that you dancing in the last picture?
    The food looks yummy and I guess you were not hungry when you left the table ! ;-)

  10. Plamen Antonov

    Renny, this makes me happy, even me who live in BG for 41 years :-)

  11. You can find some of the recipes for most of the meals you described at this site dedicated to Bulgarian Food

  12. Renny visited your blogg this morning. Loved the pictures, reminded me of my great experiences with Norway. Mom

  13. @Chas: Tell me, and I’ll tell you some tricks:-)

    @Sidney: Yes, I’m the dancer – almost voluntarily:-) We could hardly rise from the table!

    @Plamen: Great to hear from an insider :-)

    @ano: thanks for the food hints!

    @ano(Mom): Thanks and you know we loved to have you over for a few weeks. Take care – love and stuff:-)

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