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Bulgarian cuisine, restaurants, foods, including hotel & restaurant recommendations

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 team.

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.

Radisson SAS Grand Hotel, Sofia

Sofia's best breakfast!
Dining options at this recommended Sofia hotel include:
Restaurant on Mezzanine
Offering a warm and cosy atmosphere, the Restaurant & Bar on Mezzanine always buzzes with activity. The restaurants serves everything from a traditional afternoon tea to standard main courses; fresh coffee, an à la carte breakfast menu, a wide variety of cocktails, homemade pastries, as well as wine and cheese.

Live background piano music creates a place rich in artistic flavour, yet quiet enough for a business meeting, a friendly get together, or a nightcap with a fine cigar.
With its friendly and casual atmosphere, Flannagans is known in the city for its rich collection of whiskey and beers. The large, flat-screen televisions broadcast many of the top sporting events from satellite channels, making it the preferred meeting point for hotel guests as well as locals. In the summer Flannagans serves food and drinks in the open patio right on the famous yellow paved square.

The restaurant features an eclectic menu which is complemented by daily specials. Every Sunday, our "Around the World" brunch allows diners to enjoy a culinary journey featuring different global cuisines.
The Breakfast Buffet
The renowned Radisson SAS Super Breakfast Buffet is served at the Flannagans Bar & Restaurant and features more than 100 items including smoked salmon, free-range eggs, a variety of cheeses, homemade cakes and croissants.

The buffet also has healthy choice options including fresh fruits and cereal along with world-famous Bulgarian yoghurts. Omelettes, scrambled eggs, pancakes and waffles are made on the live cooking station and during the summer breakfast is served on the open-air patio.

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