PEr FYI

March 15, 2011

Manastirska Magernitsa, Sofia…bring a chain saw for the meat

On our 1st visit, the service was top notch. On our return visit two days later, things were in reverse. The service (different set of wait staff) was non-existent. It was like night and day, chalk and cheese. They served food to everyone else (even those who came after us) except us. They didn’t serve us small plates for the meat we were sharing until we asked them to.

On our table, was a two-tiered wooden stand with incredibly tasty, tender, puffy chunks of white bread, and sharena sol (spiced salt for dipping, a Bulgarian tradition).

The meat dishes were disgraceful. The parzhola (meat pork on charcoals neck chop) was so tough, perhaps this was what they used to bring the Berlin wall down years ago. You don’t need cutleries at this place. You need a chain saw to cut through the sausages. Perhaps the chef and the kitchen staff were on holiday celebrating Bulgaria National Day, along with the rest of┬áSofia, but there really is no excuse for poor food and chaotic, arrogant service.

The atmosphere and decor was awesome though, old country style, typical Bulgarian. But with such variable levels of service and food quality, I would hesitate to take someone I really wanted to impress there. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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