Italian Brunch in Koto, Sofia, photo by placescases.com

The most frequently visited gastronomic event by placescases.com for 2019 and 2020 in Sofia- Koto brunches

Koto Brunches rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 5 out of 5.

2019– 2020, before and after the Covid-19 lockdown


Seen              5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Felt                5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Heard           5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com  

Smelled        5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com

Tasted          5 Big Hearts by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com    


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I‘ve been visiting Koto Sunday brunches for a long time, but I didn’t write about them. I was always afraid that if they got very popular, I wouldn’t be able to book easily seats there. But somehow it’s not fair to people who so hard have achieved this admirable and respectable regular clock recurring event to enjoy Sofia’s day-off, especially families with children, with something different, interesting, and enjoyable.

I just prepared the publication and the restaurants closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Then I wrote Gourmet @home – Part 8, themed brunch deliveries from KOTO, Sofia, in @home column, about their deliveries of brunch home. Then I promised I’d release this article.

Koto deliveries at home

Promised- done? 📑👍

Every Sunday at Koto we have a family festive lunch. It’s become our tradition, and it’s arose an occasion for their brunches. The concept is super interesting.

Every Sunday there’s a menu theme. Thanks to the team of Chef Georgi Yanev, we travel the world through the most prominent representatives of the traditional cuisines of different peoples and countries.

Sometimes we taste new things, and sometimes the specific scents call up memories of travels that we remember with pleasure, we remember what it was and small paths in the brain call the eruption of the fine chemicals in it, which create a feeling of happiness again.

I read in the book “Sociology of Food” by Jean-Pierre Poulain, that the block table, or buffet, as it’s also called, was typical in the past for festive dinners. From the loaded with various delicious and beautiful dishes table you choose what you like and love most, or what you have never tasted, to experience new sensations.

See ….

…. Just the kind of festive block-table that aristocrats once coddled their sophisticated receptors, in front of your curious and delighted sight are presented fragrant and very tasty-looking dishes;

…. There are always salads, appetisers, soup, several main dishes and desserts;

…. Let’s not forget that the interior of Koto is remarkable – stylish, modern, with murals on the walls typical of Asian style art, and on the terrace is just wonderful.


Feel ….

…. At the door, you‘re welcomed by smiling hosts and hostesses that lead you to the table you’ve booked before. In general, most of the waiters are trying hard to be helpful and kind but I suspect there is turnover, because some are doing well, others- not so much.

The brightest person at the brunch, who ‘s like show performer behind the block tables, who tells in detail about each dish, helps us serve, greets everyone and always smiles is Joseph.


…. There is a festive atmosphere, typical for block table dining, just as described in the book “Sociology of Food” by Jean-Pierre Poulain – groups of cheerful people, celebrating or just breaking bread together, smile, enjoy the food and  converse joyfully.


Hear ….

…. The music is always good, creates a mood for relaxation, makes me think of a phrase from a famous song Easy like Sunday morning.


Movie watching time: 3:47 min.

Smell ….

…. Depending on the theme of the brunch, you can enjoy spices and aromatic products from different countries. My favorite is the jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk. They offer it when we “brumch-travel” to Asia.


Taste ….

…. The list is endless. There’s almost always something vegetarian, something with pork, beef, chicken, fish, and sometimes something different like deer, boar, rabbit, seafood. Before the pandemic, there were Saturday brunches with only vegetarian food.

…. You must always try at least one dessert. They always look very beautiful, especially with the decorations of edible violets. Children most like to dip fruit in the chocolate fountain, which before the pandemic was present regularly in the selection.

The whole festive event is paid at a fixed price per person of  EUR 17 and for children is at half the price. Drinks are not included, but there is always some good white, rosé or red wine by glass to supplement the delicious food with a drink. It is obligatory to mention that most of Koto selection was made by SeeWines, the best place to buy really good wine and consult with world-class sommelier Blagoj Kuzmanski.

How to get there?

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

ул. „Цар Калоян“ 6, 1000 Център, София, България

A: 6 Tsar Kaloyan str., Sofia

T: +359 89 777 7777

E: info@koto.bg

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How to book your stay in Sofia?

If you are already planning a trip to Sofia, to enjoy that remarkable place or just for business, I recommend that you book your stay right here. For your convenience, I have added a booking.com box, which refers directly to their site. I guarantee you’re going to use all your genius discounts and privileges they would offer to you. Just enter the dates of your trip, then hit the Search button and voila. In addition, booking.com are doing their best to make sure that your expectations as a customer are fulfilled. I’ve described an example about the latter in  my story about our stay in Shangri-La hotel in Singapore.


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