We arrived late into Varna, dropped off our gear at the Dimyat and asked them to recommend a place close by that had good seafood. Being on the coast this should not be an issue. They said immediately "Captain Cook". My spidey senses tingled - the name sounds gimmicky.
We took a cab and at 10:00 PM the area is extremely sketchy and not recommended that you walk around alone. The entrance to the place was a mystery and we stumbled into the back of the restaurant which was actually the banquet hall and they were in the middle of a wedding reception. haha we high tailed it out and eventually found an "entrance" to the main restaurant area. Definitely needs a rejuvenated front entrance.
To start we ordered a Goat Cheese salad and Greek Style Calamari - which is deep fried calamari basically. Wife ordered a white wine, I got a gin & tonic to start.
The salad was good, and the calamari was quite good. Wine was subpar and I would recommend you do not order Bulgarian wine as it's nowhere near quality of what most people are familiar with - French, Chilean, etc.
Main course for both of us was the Seabass along with the home made french fries. The seabass was pretty good, nothing to write home about, but I enjoyed it. The french fries reminded me of my grandma's thinly sliced masterpieces and they were the best frites i've had in a restaurant in a long time - really home made. I highly recommend a side dish of these things.
- Decor in this place is really dated and could use a huge renovation and upgrade in furniture.
- We saw a few kids with parents (this was quite late but I guess this is normal for this part of the world) and they used the restaurant as a playground - expect kids into their teens to be playing tag around the tables while waiters try and avoid them with platters of food.
- service by our waiter was good - he spoke decent english and did his best to take care of us
- price - too high. We paid $120 Leva's + another $20 tip so it was $140 Leva's total. Extremely expensive by standards in the area
Would I go back? Likely not cause of the decor, price, and location.