Restaurant Nicole is a small family-friendly establishment, located near the center of Samokov. Just a 15-minute drive away from Borovets, it offers its clients great food at much better prices than in the resort. It’s one of the less known by tourists restaurants but is definitely a favorite for many locals. You can also get a hotel room there if you’re looking for accommodation in Samokov.
The easiest way to find “Nicole” while driving from Borovets is to continue down the main road in the direction of Sofia. At the second traffic light continue straight and then turn right at the intersection with Targovska street. You’ll see the white building in which the restaurant resides on your left after about 700 meters. If you’re coming by taxi most cabs will know where the restaurant is located.
The interior is cozy and has some nice decorations. A nice touch is the pictures of famous rock bands across one of the walls. There is plenty of sitting room for small and big groups, but we still suggest making a reservation if you’re planning on going for dinner during the high season. The only downside is that it’s a little dim. “Nicole” also works during the summer, so if the weather is nice you can sit outside. Service is good and fast and you won’t be waiting too long for your order.
The first and most important thing we should warn you is that the portions are much bigger than in many other places around Borovets. Seriously, don’t go ordering half the menu as you’ll probably want to once you see all the delicious things in it. The menu has everything that you’re used to seeing, such as steaks and fried chicken fillets, but also some foreign dishes, such as the chicken curry I ordered. The salads are made with good vegetables and the tomatoes we were served were better than one would expect, given it’s not tomato season. The size of the salad is enough for two, unless you’re really hungry. Something you won’t find in many other restaurants is the option to order a whole bread for your table and you can choose between white and whole wheat bread. Prices are much lower than in Borovets and you can expect to pay around 15lv for a full meal. Our party of 3 paid about 35lv in total and we couldn’t finish all of the food we ordered.
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