Ресторант Парен каша духа Once Bitten Twice Shy Restaurant

Literary “Once Bitten Twice Shy” restaurant in the center of Sofia, Bulgaria

I saw an add for Once Bitten Twice Shy Restaurant (in Bulgarian it is Paren Kasha Duha) and I was very enthusiastic to visit it. It’s something like a bistro, bar&dinner, or just a small restaurant.

I liked it overall, but there are many things to improve, and honestly, I felt like the namesake proverb. In other words, I don’t have the desire to visit it again.

February 2024

Rating for Once Bitten Twice Shy by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4 out of 5.

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Ресторант Парен каша духа Once Bitten Twice Shy Restaurant
Once Bitten Twice Shy Restaurant- Shrimps Tartalets with avocado and mango mousse

Experience accents as per the 5D Sensograph:

See an interesting interior and a well-looking menu.

Feel slow and somewhat failing service.

Hear more over you cannot hear the music, because there are too many customers it is very noisy. The room has no textile at all to soften it.

Smell a light aroma of mango in shrimp tartlets.

Taste not particularly impressive food.

To learn more details about the food at ” Once Bitten Twice Shy,” continue reading the post.

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See in Once Bitten Twice Shy  …

… A small place, urban style, nice for a quick bite: wooden tables and chairs, not particularly cozy.

… A small menu with interesting offerings: some dishes sound exotic and appetizing.


Feel  in Once Bitten Twice Shy

… There isn’t much organization, and the service is slow: while waiting to be served, it turned out that they couldn’t provide some things because they were out of products. They had trouble matching orders with available items. The waiter didn’t know what could and couldn’t be ordered when a certain item ran out, leading to confusion at one point.

… They serve the wine too warm: I explained to them that it should be kept at a precisely defined temperature, not just inside the room.


Hear in Once Bitten Twice Shy

… I couldn’t hear the music much: I think it was good, but it was incredibly noisy because there was a large group of foreigners sitting just for drinks. The acoustics of the place are such that when there are many people it is too noisy. There is no textile to soften it.

Movie-watching time: 1:08 min.

Smell in Once Bitten Twice Shy

… The shrimp tartlets have a mousse of avocado and mango, which makes their flavour very exotic and pleasant.


Taste  in Once Bitten Twice Shy

… The food isn’t bad in concept, but:

     … The portions are small, more like tapas, i.e., small for their prices, but that’s not the biggest issue.

    … Somehow the dishes are not memorable: you expect something very interesting and different, but it’s not impressive – everything is served on the same leafy salad with balsamic, for the salad, as a side, as a base…

    … It turned out that some of the things we ordered couldn’t be served, and we were relying on at least enjoying those.


Under equal circumstances, I would come back to try the dishes I missed, but here the case is Once Bitten Twice Shy, and I no longer have that desire.


How to get to Once Bitten Twice Shy?

Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

A: Sofia Center, “Ekzarh Yosif” St 34, 1000 Sofia

T: +359 878 700 433

Open hours: 12:00-23:30

How to book your stay?

I recommend that you check the packages that the hotel offers on their website because they are very affordable. But for your convenience, I have also put a box on booking.com. Compare the prices and choose an option.


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