There are no French restaurants in Sofia anymore. L’Instant set out to make catering and the Gastrotheque, where Danny Spartak from Hell’s Kitchen was the chef, is closed. The only place where you can taste French specialties is L’Etranger.
‘L’entrager’ means ‘the stranger’, ‘the foreigner’ in French. There is also a Camus novel, The Stranger, in which he, typically about the era and his style, emphasizes absurdity and existentialism.
But there is nothing like that here. No one feels alien – Bulgarians and French are at home and do not care about Camus’ views.
…. Chic!– It’s like entering a real French bistro;
…. Details that delicately takes you to Paris – a bicycle with a basket of flowers, straw hat, flowers, city clocks, paintings, pictures!
…. Like home – courteous service, very friendly to children, contact is extraordinary;
…. All French guests of Sofia and ex-pat should learn about this place– everybody speaks French there;
… Crunch-Crunch Salty Finger or Sea Green Beans, I’m very fond of it and it escorts almost all of the dishes!
… Jazzy Sax and then French chanson – for true Parisian spirit.
… Slight cinnamon in cappuccino with nettle, which is actually a soup of nettle topped with potato foam, served in a cup;
… The exotic smell of coriander in Vietnamese spring rolls – an absolutely vegan dish, suitable for salad, with fresh, very finely chopped vegetables in rice bark, served with a sweet-sour sauce, wonderfully fresh and aromatic.
… A plate with home-made pastes with duck rillets, hummus, olives pesto, butter with anchovies, corned duck meat– only the rillets did not impress me because they are more fatty, but this anchovy butter, the corned duck meat and humus just lay down on my heart – unique, one of my daughters did not stop stealing them from me!;
…. Frog legs – served with sautéed spices (I sensed garlic, coriander, parsley, butter) so delicious, and a lovely crispy Salty Finger on the side (I found it funny that the dish was written as “frogs” in the bill);
… Freshly baked bread and olives with Provencal spices, which the children ate up in no time and wanted more.
… I can not help mentioning the wine, all the more so that they had 375 ml bottles of fine wine:
- From the Rhone Valley – Attitude 2016 from Pascal Jolivet, Sauvignon Blanc
- From Burgundy Chablis by Albert Bichot 2015
The wine went very well with our food! Do not be afraid to combine with seafood. The “frogs” fit great too! 🙂
L’Etranger received the award for Tasty Place of the Restaurant of the Year by Bacchus magazine, and this is no strange at all.
My children did not stop repeating how wonderful the food was. One ate mussels, the other rib-eye steak. We ate everything, and we were absolutely full. Only the chocolate mousse was not what I expected, but we were so overwhelmed that I did not care.We ate from each other’s plates and felt happy.
I want to go back to L’Etranger very soon. My whole family liked it very,very, very much !!!!!
A: Sofia 1505, Tsar Simeon 78
T: +359 887 523 376
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 12: 00- 15:00, 18: 00-22: 00, Saturday 18: 00-22: 00
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