Restaurant Pri Sote is located in Samokov, just on the main road to Borovets. It’s an 8km drive from the resort, so it’s a good alternative if you don’t feel like eating in Borovets. The setting is in a traditional Bulgarian style, with national folklore music and national cuisines. Prices in Samokov are also much lower than in Borovets, so that’s also a good reason to visit.
Pri Sote is situated in a park and you can stop your car on the main road in front of the restaurant. During the summer, or on sunny winter days you can take a seat outside in the garden, surrounded by trees. There is also a children’s playground just behind the restaurant with a slide, swings and so on. The restaurant itself isn’t that big and has around twenty tables inside. During peak times, such as Saturday and Sunday afternoon, service can be slow if the establishment is full. The best time to go is during the week when there are fewer people. The music is traditional Bulgarian and is heard softly in the background.
The interior decoration is in the typical “mehana” style, which emphasizes on wooden details. The restaurant is divided into two section with tables are big and can easily seat 6 people, more if you squeeze a bit. The lighting is dim, but bright enough to read the menu clearly.
There is a wide variety of food on the menu and they also have daily dishes. A soup will cost you around 2 leva, while the salads are around 5 leva. During the winter we suggest sticking to the seasonal salads, as the tomatoes and cucumbers are rarely much good. Daily dishes include musaka, stuffed peppers and other traditional Bulgarian foods. In the menu, you’ll also find gems like Serbian style marinated veal 12.40 leva and meatballs in Istanbul style. Bulgarian beers cost around 2 leva and they also have Leffe and Corona.
To conclude, Pri Sote is a nice traditional Bulgarian restaurant that offers great food for the price. Service is also good, but can be slow when fully reserved. If you’re a group of 4, it’ll probably be cheaper to split a cab from Borovets and eat in Samokov, and probably much tastier.
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