Local cuisine is part of the culture. Generally, there are two types of local restaurants – those mainly dedicated to foreign guests, and those intended to attract more locals. The tavern Izbata is definitely my favorite Bulgarian restaurant in town, because it has a touch of both.
The ambiance resembles an old Bulgarian house – typical colors, clay plates, cloths and other rustic elements on the walls. The music is also Bulgarian, but – unlike in many other traditional Bulgarian restaurants – here you can enjoy both folklore music and modern Bulgarian pop and rock music.
The menu consists of traditional dishes from many regions across Bulgaria. If you like pork, go for the “Kavarma po Radomirski”, which is chopped pork meat with vegetables, baked in the oven and served in a special clay pot with an egg on top. If you prefer chicken – take the “Pileshka kavarma” – similar dish with chicken meat. And if you want to try out something more exotic – I recommend you try my favorite “lamb tongue in tavern style”. Given the name, this place is also known for its excellent wine selection – ask the waiter to recommend you a wine suitable for your main course. They also have a daily lunch menu, which is cheaper.
If you choose to come here for dinner, it’s advisable to make a reservation in advance, since this is the favorite restaurant of many locals.