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Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia

By Nogarlicnoonions @nogarlicnoonion
Rating: 73/100


Menu Choices: 7/10

Food Presentation: 7/10

Food Temperature: 7/10

Food Taste: 15/20

Service: 8/10

Ambiance/Music: 8/10

Architecture/Interior: 7/10

Air Quality: 7/10

Total: 73/100

More about: Edno Vreme

An interesting location for this traditional Bulgarian restaurant perched on the edge of the legendary Ariana Lake at one of the major crossroads in the center of Sofia. The lake and the area around it at the edge of the Borissova Gradina park were revamped several years ago to offer boating in the summer and ice skating in the winter months. 

Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia

Ariana is the name of a medium-sized artificial lake in Knyaz Boris’s Garden in Sofia,Bulgaria. It is “B”-shaped, 175 m long and 75 m wide, with a small island at its narrowest point. It is located at the northernmost corner of the park, in the city centre, between the Eagles’ Bridge and the national stadium. The lake was constructed in the late 19th Century and has since been a focal point for leisurly walks by Sofianites. Water wheels and rowing boats have been a feature, and in winter it was frequently known to freeze over and for people to ice-skate on its surface. In the mid-20th century, a casino was built on the island. In the early 1990s, the municipal government ceased caring for the lake, which dried up and remained empty and disused for nearly two decades. In 2007, the lake and its vicinity were renovated and once more began to be a place of leisure. The lake shares its name with the brewery which was located a couple of hundred yards to the north until being demolished in 2004.

Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia

Edno Vreme (which translates as ‘Once upon a time’) offers Bulgarian hospitality and traditional menu. The special evening show programme includes fire walking, folk dances and singing. It was my first night in the capital, the first night with my new friend Alfredo from Spain and our host Irena who did all what would make us love the local traditions.

Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia

Thank you Pedro for the lighting that made my pictures viewable. It seems the Samsung Galaxy did dome good work.

The minuses:

The pluses:
  • A very good service compared to the average of Bulgaria
  • Tasty food, full of flavours
  • A nice ambiance
  • I liked the Tuborg local beer
  • Generous portions
Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia

We ordered:

  • Home made platter of a complicated mix (grilled vegetables, cucumbers, tomatoes, grilled red and green pepper, aubergine, yogurt mix, Bulgarian cheese, olives and salami….)
  • Mix grill platter (Thick lamb skewers, Fried potato cubes, Pork chops, lamb filet and grilled mushrooms)
  • Beans casserole with chili pepper
  • Baklava and yogurt with wild strawberries jam
Edno Vreme Restaurant, Lake Ariana, Sofia
I learned tonight:
  • Bulgaria is famous for the Pink tomato and buffalo mozzarella (bull’s heart tomato)
  • Sauces and cooked dishes are popular for lunch, BBQ and dry meat is popular for dinner
  • Meat is always cooked well done
The Food:
  • The food is very heavy, very spicy and very sweet for my taste. Extreme tastes indeed.

Very interesting first impression. More coming…I have a lot to learn.




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