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“Surprisingly bad” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Before & After

Before & After
12 Christo Belchev St, Sofia, Bulgaria (Oborishte)
29816088
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Ranked #103 of 523 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Oborishte
Leicester
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114 reviews 114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“Surprisingly bad”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I'm really surprised by the high rating this restaurant has. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day.
The waitress was just terrible - never smiled at a single customer, couldn't understand much at all, spoke in grunts. I ordered bread with shopska, didn't get any bread. Ordered beef tenderloin - asked is it rare, how does it come? Answer medium. Clearly medium was only option.
When it came the beef was certainly not tender, overcooked like something out of the 60s. Some was just gristle.
The dish for the shopska was chipped and I had the same knife and fork for both the shopska and the beef. There were no napkins, paper or otherwise, at my table.
The restaurant seems a just reasonable restaurant (as long as its cheap) in Sofia 6 or 7 years ago. But Sofia restaurants have moved on so much since then. You can get good service and Western standard cuisine right across Sofia. This place seemed more like a throwback from the past.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Patras
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Located in close vicinity of the main shopping district of Sofia (Vitosha Bld.), "Before and After" is a wonderful restaurant with very nice decor and a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Menu is very rich including a large variety of bulgarian and international dishes of exceptional quality. Portions are large and the prices reasonable.
Staff obey the smoking ban in restaurants and other public places, speak good english and are friendly and attentive.
Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Trondheim, Norway
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4 reviews 4 reviews
“great food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We came without reservation, on the 8th of march, so most of the resturant was booked, but since we came early the waiter manage to give us a table.
The waiter was speaking very well english, and suggested some dishes for us.
I tried one dish with duck that he recommended, and it was really good.
The plates was perfect size, not too small and not too much either.
The atmosphere was really great, not too dark, not too much light. It is a place you can go for date, businessdinner, or just eating out with friends!

Visited March 2013
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Sofia
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Surprisingly nice place in the heart of Sofia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We celebrated the 2013 New Years eve at this place and we had one unforgettable and pleasant evening at this place. The food is really delicious the staff is very kind and the place is calm and nice. One thing which is very important for me and my friends is that they strictly obey the non-smoking rules which gives you the opportunity to really feel the delight of the dishes and the charm of the restaurant. I will really recommend.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Quiet and pleasant gem located at the heart of the Sofia CBD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The best value for money in Sofia. Excellent food and drinks on competitive prices.

The place has central location (quiet and pleasant gem at the heart of the Sofia CBD). Can cater big tourist groups, special occasions as well as families.

Have unique interior design that permit having privacy even when busy.

The chef and his crew are offering traditional Bulgarian dishes as well as almost any other dish that the client desires. The wine list offers exquisite as well as traditional Bulgarian wines.

Outside the lunch and dinner hours you can relax with a cup of coffee or a cold beer listening to the marble fountain while continuing enjoying the excellent, professional and personalised service.
I definitely recommend this place. You will not be disappointed.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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