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Arbat Menu Sofia Restaurant Week

Day 1 of Sofia Restaurant Week

Last night I visited my first of the many restaurants I have booked for Sofia Restaurant Week which is running from 11th-17th September 2016.

Restaurant Arbat is a Russian restaurant in Oborishte. As I’d never been to a Russian restaurant before this seemed like a great place to start!

Sofia Restaurant Week incorporates 25 restaurants who are offering set menus for 25 leva. Each restaurant has two set menus to choose from which include a starter, main course and dessert.

Restaurant Arbat are offering the following set menus this week:

Menu 1

Salad

Vinaigrette /classic/ made with beetroot, carrots, salted cucumbers, sour cabbage, potatoes, peas and oil from Russia

Main dish

Caucasian Shish: an original recipe from the Caucasus using pork neck

Dessert

Russian ice cream

Menu 2

Salad

Herring Shuboy – Herring, beets, potatoes, carrots, egg, mayonnaise

Main dish

Grilled Trout – spicy herb marinade, filleted and served with mashed potatoes

Dessert

Napoleon Cake – the most popular Russian Cake

 

This was a tough choice but as there were two of us we opted for one of each so we could try everything!

What surprised me the most was the portion sizes, I had thought that a 3 course menu for 25 leva  may mean smaller portions but that was not the case at all here. Be prepared to be full!

As for the food, everything was delicious. I like the idea of a set menu as there were things here that I perhaps wouldn’t usually order. Now I’ve tried them I will definitely order them again. For example, the menu 2 salad (Herring Shuboy – Herring, beets, potatoes, carrots, egg, mayonnaise) was amazing! However, from menu 1, the pork shish was incredibly tasty, so this is why I think you need to try both menus!

I was also really pleasantly surprised with Arbat’s venue. The garden is beautiful, it has a very relaxing atmosphere and some quirky decor. There’s plenty of space and live music playing so it would be perfect if you’re looking for a place suitable for a large party.

If you’d like to try restaurant Arbat during Sofia Restaurant Week you can book online here.

 

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Rebecca Richardson

Rebecca is from London and a born traveller. She’s lived and worked in Dubai and the Caribbean before moving to Bulgaria. After falling in love with the country the idea came to share all its beauty with the world through Eat Stay Love Bulgaria. She’s always wanting to try something new and loves writing about her adventures so expect to see her blog about ski lessons, a new swanky bar in town or who knows, maybe even sky-diving!