Four of us sat down to Sunday lunch, bagging a table with comfy chairs (they aren't all the same) in the newly-refurbished restaurant. The decor is modern American bistro with brickwork and big lamps; the tables for four are just about big enough to do the job.
There are three menus; a big multi-page one with pizzas and a variety of other stuff, a colour-printed card featuring the chef's specials and a third hand-written, in a plastic holder on the table. It took a while to wade through all the offerings.
In the end we decided to start with cream of nettle soup, salad of greens and haloumi, an avocado salad and a pea soup with pork knuckle and prosciutto. All went down well enough and the portions were generous. The pea soup was tasty but the slice of prosciutto on its little floating island of bread didn't really belong there; eating soup with a knife was a first. The guy who ordered the nettle soup knew what he was in for and was complimentary about it but I tried a spoonful and was less so. Never having tasted nettle soup before I was not taken by the slight aftertaste of ashtray. There salads rated ten out of ten.
Main courses were goujons of chicken served on a bed of home made crisps with a sort of barbeque sauce, a Caesar salad with chicken, a whole sea bass cooked en papilotte and a huge chunk of Wagyu beef filet. The nettle soup man was not over-enthusiastic about his chicken, describing it as "alright". The Caesar salad had the right ingredients but would have looked better with parmesan shavings than it did with the cheese grated over it. Presentation of the sea bass was excellent; it was perfectly cooked and whilst it appeared to be whole it had been filleted in the kitchen. The American-reared wagyu beef was cooked rare and served in splendid isolation on its plate (meat and two veg is not the Bulgarian way, hence the salad starters). Although it was the most tender piece of beef I have tasted in years it was not as flavoursome as I would have liked. I recalled a friend's similar comment about Kobe beef, which is a distant relation, but my wife, who shared the filet, thought it was great and blamed my jaded palate.
Top marks go to the service. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. He knew his way round the wine list and when there was a question about the different steaks on offer (Black Angus and rib-eye were also available) he brought samples to the table.
The wagyu beef was always going to be pricey; in fact it came in at 70 leva, and the 35.55 leva for the sea bass looked a bit lumpy too. Overall though, the bill for four starters, four mains, four beers, a couple of soft drinks and a bottle of pinot grigio came to a reasonable 196 leva before the tip. At current exchange rates that's £88 or US$131. It was not a faultless meal but certainly above average, thus the 4/5 score.
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