I have just returned from another visit to Bulgaria and made many visits to this restaurant during my stay. I am glad to report that standards have not slipped and the restaurant still provides excellent food, service and entertainment. It is now summer and the dining has moved out into the garden complex of covered terraces and garden spaces. It is good to see this establishment survive when many have vanished due to the continuing monetary crisis which has hit most of Europe. It is always a good sign and a testament to the quality of a restaurant when it can ride out the bad times. Having stayed one week and witnessed the mass of returning customers visiting Riverside, I can see that it has not been recession hit.
Friday and Saturday evenings were absolutely jam packed and at time all tables were full (this is a large restaurant and this is quite astonishing in these times!!). These are the busiest times of the week as there is a live band and singers providing traditional entertainment. This is very popular with locals and visitors alike.
During dinner one evening I pondered on why this restaurant was so busy whilst others were near empty. I never really thought of this before. The fact is that when you take a good look at the quality of service, the reason is clear. All cutlery, plates and glasses are spotlessly clean. The food is freshly prepared and is consistently of good quality. Every effort is made behind the scenes to provide a great experience in both dining, ambiance and general presentation.
I witnessed the working of the swimming pool complex at the far end of the garden. The pool is an added compliment during the day and has its own bar. It is a rarity in the area and there is nothing like it nearby.
This establishment gets my thumbs up once again. It is the best I have used both in the area and beyond. Hopefully it will continue to be so!
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