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“"The Best in Sofia"”
Review of L'Instant

L'Instant
Ranked #62 of 1,025 Restaurants in Sofia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $43
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Elegant and cosy french restaurant
Komotini, Greece
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“"The Best in Sofia"”
Reviewed January 19, 2014 via mobile

Visited the restaurant on a Saturday night. The staff were very, very polite, friendly and helping. The menu was very clear and straight forward. Everything we ordered was outstanding. In addition, it is not far from Sofia center, only 5 minutes by taxi. Pretty reasonably priced for the quality offered.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Christmas Dinner”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

We had Christmas dinner at this restaurant. We knew it would be at the top end price wise, but, hey it was Christmas. We arrived about 8 pm and were the 1st guests. I guess they had about 4 tables that evening. The food was superb along with the service. All three of us had a fantastic meal and really enjoyed the evening. Cost was about 50e each but did include 3 courses, champs and a bottle of good red. Enjoy this place as we certainly did.

  • Visited December 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice interior and fine dining”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Interior is nice, spacious and kind of cozy. A french girl who spoke some bulgarian suggested a goose liver mix plate (27 leva) and a Fish soup (6 leva) to start. This turned to be a good choice! The plate contained a fried foie gras, Pate on a canape with orange and ginger (that was very tasty) and caramelised one. Soup was also delicious.
As a main course I had a duck magre (25 leva). Presentation was nice, but it was a kind of dry and chewy. I had better ones. My wife ordered St.Peters fish. It was fine. Restaurant also has a nice wine card. We had a bottle of Sancere (60 leva). Service was nice if we ignore the fact that the waiter came to ask us whether we want a desert just after...the starter. The restaurant manager who is french was very nice and attentive. Overall, it was a nice experience and i would visit again.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank smanolov
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50 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Sofia”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

I am a traveler and I have tried so many french restaurant all over the world but this one is one of the best. Very typical french cuisine made by a young but talented Chef. He has been working in kitchen since his young age and have learned cooking in different renowned restaurant which give a tips to his cuisine.
The service is also really good and very friendly. the wife of the french chef is here to take care and give you nice suggestion for your future dining experience.
It is definitely the best restaurant in Sofia, do not hesitate to visit the owners Antoine and Karine.
Bon appetit!

  • Visited December 2013
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good food, bad service”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

The place is located in an old Korean restaurant in Sofia, that was hip and trendy in the 80s. Little renovation and the interior was basically kept the same. The menu was interesting at first glance, however when our group of 7 started ordering the quality of service became an issue. We had to wait for extended periods for every single item we ordered, for example the salads came more than 40 minutes after they were ordered. Even for simple things like our drinks we had to wait for 15 min or more. The place was not busy, maybe 5 tables top were taken. The food was good and we thought we would forgive the very slow service, but once we got the check we discovered that there a main course that we never had. After we complained the check was returned to us, this time with another 2 errors in it. We had to go through explanations for nearly 30 min to rectify the issue, after which there was no excuse, and the waitress even made some weird comments to us. Overall, the attempt to have another French restaurant in Sofia is admirable, however even with interesting menu and decent food you cannot hope to keep your customers happy with bad service and false checks. We would not go there again.

  • Visited November 2013
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