The Friendly Bear, photo by placescases.com

The Friendly Bear- a restaurant in a friendly and casual way in Sofia, Bulgaria

Restaurant The Friendly Bear rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 4.9 out of 5.

May  2021


Seen           4.5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 4.5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensogrpah 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     5 сърца от 5D Сензографа на placescases.com / 5 hearts by the 5D Sensograph 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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The Friendly Bear is one of those places where you feel both cozy, curious, the food is tasty and on top of that they serve so friendly, with a good attitude and seriousness to the customer experience. Read below why I think so and watch the short video to get an impression.

See ….

…. The restaurant has a nice courtyard, but it was cool in the evening and we snuck inside;

…. Very interesting interior, a little shabby, slightly underground, retro, with a really soft carpet on the wall and very cozy predisposes to a delicious meal in a good atmosphere;

…. Insufficient light inside – the food is beautiful, looks tempting and deserves to be seen better. The photos, respectively, are also not very contrasting.

Feel ….

…. For a long time I had not come across such a pleasant service – with a smile, without pushing and formalities, and yet, with a serious attitude to the clients and their experiences;

…. The masks of the staff are tightly put on the face and nose – after the Chinese Meng Fu Yuen, where this was most strictly observed from my recent visits, here I put again an appreciative note.

 Hear ….

…. Great music – Buena Vista Social Club, other Caribbean music and jazz.

Movie watching time: 2:27 min.

Smell ….

…. Lightly smoked in the salad dressing with colorful cherry tomatoes, peppers and cheese- the aroma comes from roasted eggplant, made into a paste and thinly placed on the bottom of the bowl – Ingenious!

Taste ….

One of the most unique offers in a restaurant that I have come across in recent months  a lamb’s head !!!

…. Meat, brain and cheeks from the lamb’s head, lightly flavoured – very well roasted, terribly tasty!

…. Hummus – lightly sprinkled with butter fried with red pepper, served with toasted baguette!

…. Baked yellow cheese on a plate – crispy and very tasty!

…. Chicken wings – also crispy, marinated with soy sauce;

…. The Creme Brulee was a little crumby and not quite according to my high claims to a smooth texture.

I vote for a mandatory return to The Friendly Bear – I can’t even wait!

How to get to restaurant The Friendly Bear?

Don’t worry about getting to restaurant The Friendly Bear. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

A: 1000 23 Slavyanska str, Sofia, 1680

T: + 359 876122114

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00

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