Recommended Bulgaria Hotels: Epicurean Destinations
Grand Hotel Sofia
This independent 5-star hotel’s restaurant Shades of
Red is famous for its classic dishes from Bulgarian, European and international cuisine. Chef Joro Ivanov, chairman of the
Bulgarian chapter of Euro Toques International - The European community of chefs - leads the Grand Hotel’s culinary
Chef Ivanov not only takes guests on a culinary trip around the Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Asian and
Bulgarian cuisines, but has taken charge of the hotel's latest project. The Five Star Academy, a certified centre
for professional education and qualification, was established in early 2008 and when it opens in mid 2009, will train students
in the fields of hotel and restaurant management and service.
In addition to the main menu, the restaurant offers
special tasting menus with specialties according to the season - game, truffle, caviar and salmon roe, etc. Sofia's elite
frequent the hotel’s Grand Cafe. Nestled in the seclusion and tranquility
of the city garden, it’s a favorite haunt for many of the country’s most renowned television personalities. The piano bar, Dream Notes, is where the hotel’s residents and guests spend lazy evenings
discussing business or pleasure. The cosy atmosphere provides an ideal opportunity for a sophisticated drink and cigar while
performers from live music groups provide atmospheric background entertainment.
Hebros Hotel & Restaurant, Plovdiv
A leader in the Bulgarian Slow Food movement, the Hebros restaurant won the "2003 Restaurant of the year"
award from Bachus magazine and remains one of the best restaurants in the country. The menu consists of dishes from Bulgarian and international cuisines,
prepared with seasonal and local products. The restaurant also offers samplings of Bulgarian wines, introduced by experts and combined
with appropriate dishes. The
Hebros restaurant has also established itself as a stage for the accomplishments of noted musicians and artists.