Simple, Italian cuisine on the corner of Gurko and Shishman streets in Sofia
Simple rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4.6 out of 5.
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I haven’t decided to visit Simple for a long time, because I had read reviews that after an hour and a half of dining, they chased customers out so that other people could sit at the table and make more turnover of the tables. This time I had to book there because I had to attend an event nearby and it was the nearest restaurant with European cuisine. Although what I feared didn’t happen, I somehow recollected it during dinner. Read on for the reason.
…. Super location – on the corner of Gurko and Shishman, no better choice of location around. Sitting outside in the summer is not perfect, because of the exhaust car fumes, but if you are for a drink and for a short time, why not;
…. It is evident from the menu that the cuisine is Italian – the expected pasta, risotto, beef, salads, the possibility of a plate of sausages and cheeses, even the machine for cutting them is in a prominent place, right in front of the entrance;
…. Pleasant interior, as per the current fashion, the walls – bare cement or brick without screed, the lamps are stylized large bulbs with long cords, a modern mural on one of the walls, an advertising of a famous car brand on the other. They said that its importer is their sponsor, but it is not clear to me how a restaurant is sponsored by another company. To be an art form, I understand, but that’s not exactly the case;
…. The menu is not large, but just as it should be, with the most important suggestions, a little from everything – lamb, fish, beef, side dishes, etc.
…. It is commendable that there is good wine by the glass;
…. In order to bring you snacks, focaccia or other bread, you have to order, they will not give it to you as a compliment or include it in the bill, without suspecting that it is paid – fair enough;
…. We waited a long time for our order to be taken, they were probably waiting for us all to get together and then order together. The other thing to keep in mind is that they don’t bring the main course when it’s ready, but wait for everyone to finish with salads, appetizers. In general, there was a long waiting, which is not necessary because the cuisine is not positioned in fine dining;
…. When you come in with a coat, jacket or other outerwear that you want to take off, no one offers to help you hang it. You go around looking for an empty hanger. Not that it is necessary to have this type of customer care, but somehow everything in the behavior of staff, the stare of the manager or owner, or supervisor (I couldn’t figure out his role), says that their feedback is monitored;
…. Waiters are prone to minor disputes with customers, which is never good, i.e. there is a slight arrogance in their attitude, which immediately reminded me of the reason why I postponed this place visit so long.
Due to this discrepancy in the claimed level of the restaurant and the demonstrated attitude towards the customer, I take 2 hearts back. There must be parity between claims and real execution.
…. The music was nice, maybe the copy rights were sponsored by the car importer, just a wild guess.
Movie watching time: 1:13 min.
…. The tagliatelle has a divine aroma and taste of parmigiano and mushrooms – whether only with mushrooms or beef fillet. They toss them in parmigiano block, roll them around and serve.
…. Italian cuisine with simple ingredients, without unnecessary flavors and taste, basic products, no surprises, the pasta exceeded all expectations;
…. I decided to try the beef tagliata, but it wasn’t that impressive. Just well roasted, with the right degree of rare in the middle, added green salad and balsamic on the side. My preference is for thinner sliced meat, flawlessly tender, with a light mustard sauce, parmigiano and rucola on top. Here it was the traditional style of cooking. It’s good, but not that impressive. I would recommend the pasta much more;
…. The hummus is very tasty also worth it;
…. Nice cake with the name of the restaurant, with a nice fluffy mascarpone cream on top;
I would stop at Simple again, but then I would probably put the service to a more serious test and I wouldn’t order tagliata, rather pasta. I personally prefer the tagliata in Leo’s Pizza. At Simple I would bet on good wine, pasta or goulash. However, when I consider further, there are 2 places down the street where you can taste good wine, so I may never come to this restaurant again.
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A: ul. “General Yosif V. Gourko” 38, 1000 Sofia Center, Sofia
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun 12:00-22:00 may vary due to pandemics
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