Мън Фу Юен, photo by placescases.com

Meng Fu Yuan Restaurant – the hidden Chinese gem in Sofia, Bulgaria

Restaurant Meng Fu Yuan rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4.9 out of 5.

May  2021


Seen              5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Felt               5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com     

Heard           5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com  

Smelled        4.5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 4.5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensogrpah of placescases.com      

Tasted          5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com   

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If you haven’t been to Pirin Street in Manastirski Livadi in Sofia or someone hasn’t recommended it to you, you can’t know what a nice Chinese restaurant is hidden behind the small modest facade with the inscription Meng Fu Yuan. Its name means Blessed Garden. I have been passing by it for so many years and not entering it is a complete loss. I am now becoming a regular customer. If you decide to try it, know that there are not many parking spaces on the street, because it is small, neighbourhood, better come by tram 7, bus 204 or taxi.

See ….

…. Modest facade, but inside the restaurant is spacious, with large round tables, with a rotating center, just according to Chinese custom, to be able to share food from large plates;

…. A varied menu, there is everything you can think of from vegetarian to fish, through pork, beef, chicken and duck;

…. The blessed garden also has a garden. Because it falls into a courtyard, it is not visible and we did not assume that the restaurant is so big;

…. There is a small children’s corner – a fence with carpet and toys for very young children;

…. Aquariums with colorful fish;

…. There were a lot of visitors – they obviously know this restaurant.

What was more interesting was that there was a constant line of people taking food home. It is obvious that there is an intense turnover of people and food.

Feel ….

… Very good service – orders are served very quickly;

…. The staff is polite and friendly, all wear masks, close on the nose – the most strictly implemented measures so far in a restaurant this year;

…. The perfect crunchiness of the crispy duck;

…. Not only did we eat a lot and even stay home, but with the bill they brought us a whole Milka chocolate! Usually they give you chewing gums with the bill.

 Hear ….

…. There was nice music, I even heard Beatles covers in a slow casual version;

…. The staff consists mainly of Asians, but all speak excellent Bulgarian, and some better than many Bulgarians.

Movie watching time: 2:28 min.

Smell ….

…. Garlic, ginger, curry – all kinds of typical Chinese cuisine flavors;

…. Leek in samosa with vegetables and curry;

…. Caramel in caramelized bananas from desserts;

… Sometimes it smells a little in the main hall from the kitchen cooking, but on the terrace there is no trace of it.

Taste ….

There is nothing that is not tasty !!!

Serious warning – for big portions and overeating!

…. Noodles, rice in any form;

…. Gyoza with chicken – crispy and fragrant!

…. I already mentioned the crispy duck, I also add breaded chicken.

…. Chinese salad – rice noodles, shiitake mushrooms, sesame seeds and dressing.

If you feel like dining real Chinese, in a real Chinese restaurant, you can trust Meng Fu Yuan!

How to get to restaurant Meng Fu Yuan?

Don’t worry about getting to restaurant Meng Fu Yuan in Sofia. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

89 Pirin str, Sofia, Bulgaira

A: 1000 89 Pirin str. Sofia, 1680

T: + 359  8879 777 67

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11:00-23:00

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