On our recent visit to Sofia, we dined at Checkpoint Charly on two occasions. On both visits, we enjoyed well-cooked, tasty, local dishes of generous portion size. In fact, we could generally manage only three of the four courses on offer, and that was after a hard day on our feet sightseeing, building up what we hoped would be voracious appetites.
Though service was sometimes a little slow sitting on the garden side, as we did both times, our waiter was always polite and courteous - even when I ordered a salad to eat after my starter, in place of a main course (it took me a day to realise that in Bulgaria, it's customary to eat the salad first).
Upon checking the bill, no unexpected items had been added, as we were ready to be charged for bread and water. This leads me however, to the only negative part of this review in that I suspect that the water was just tap water, even though it was presented in a bottle on both evenings, as the screw cap had been opened prior to arrival at our table. To be fair though, the bread was quite delicious, and as the quality and price of the house white wine was so good, the water didn't get much attention.
We would not hesitate to make Checkpoint Charly the first restaurant we visited if we were to return to Sofia in the near future.
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