The first Sofia Restaurant Week, from September 11 to 17 2016, has already attracted about 2500 reservations at the 25 participating restaurants.
This was announced at a news conference on the eve of the start of Sofia Restaurant Week, during which participating restaurants will offer a three-course set menu for the fixed price of 25 leva, not including drinks and tips.
Restaurants have been chosen not only for the high quality of their food, but also based on excellence in service, a great interior or garden or another outstanding feature, according to the organisers.
Christine Milner, an organiser of Sofia Restaurant Week, said that the accent during the festival would be on superb cuisine. Residents and guests of the city would have an opportunity to experience new restaurants and cuisines, while for the restaurants, the week would be an opportunity to gain new regular clients.
The restaurant week concept has global precedents over the past 30 years. In New York, it now spans three weeks and in London, a month.
Restaurants taking part in Sofia Restaurant Week offer a variety of national cuisines and philosophies, for example, slow food.
Plans are for the 2017 Sofia Restaurant Week to be held twice, in spring and autumn. Another major city in Bulgaria, not yet disclosed, will also be involved.
Sofia deputy mayor Todor Chobanov told the news conference that September is a significant month for the Bulgarian capital city, including September 17, celebrated as the Day of Sofia, and a wealth of cultural events. He pointed with pride to the sharp increase in tourists visiting the city in past two years, and welcomed Sofia Restaurant Week as an additional attraction to the city.
Participating restaurants include Edo Sushi Ring Mall, Seasons Restaurant, Talents, Soul Kitchen, Marmo, Happy Pig, Rosé, Cactus, Castello di San Marino, Crystal Steak House, Izbata, Di Valli, Bagri, Saffron, Club Pouchkine, Moma, Petrus’s, 33 Gastronauts, L’Instant, Kotiloto, Tabiet, Orient Garden, Vino and Tapas, and Egur Egur.