Vodenitsata, Sofia

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    "Vodenitzata" or "Watermill" Restaurant: Only Atmosphere, Tasteless Food, Poor Show!

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 3, 2016

    The restaurant “Vodenitzata” is supposed to be one of the pearls in contemporary Bulgarian tourism as their website states. How true this is however!

    Well, the location is perfect. It is not very far from the city centre, nesting in Vitosha, the popular mountain that is very close to Sofia.

    The interior is truly interesting, inviting and cozy. The staff are dressed in traditional costumes, they are attentive and friendly. These are mostly my positive comments.

    For the Bulgarian standards the food here is supposed to be great. The cuisine is local and the restaurant prides for its Grilled mixed platters. So, we decided to try the grilled platter too.

    Regarding the live performance we were quite disappointed.
    We were checking the menu list to give our order when the dancers showed up, and we had a glimpse once in a while to watch them, but their performance was so short that by the time we gave our order they had already finished and we hoped that they would return. There was a pause for 5 or 10 minutes and then a guy showed up holding an icon in his hand and was walking around the tables and another one following him from behind. They were the fire walkers.

    They went out in the back garden and we all followed. Be sure to dress warm because the temperature is very low in winter. Have in mind that it is dark outside and if you attempt to take a video with the flash on, you will be stopped as it is strictly prohibited.

    The fire walking performance lasted 10 more minutes and we were back in the restaurant waiting for our order. In the meantime a lady singer showed up but it seemed that she sang in wrong notes. The music was very loud and disturbing and almost none in the room seemed to be paying any attention to her.

    Finally, our order arrived and I have to say that besides the 2 Salads we had, the Fried Potatoes and the Grilled vegetables that accompanied the Chicken Kebab, nothing else was tasty.

    The Staffed Peppers were disappointing, as the rice filling was soft and totally with no taste.

    The Burger was hard and tasteless, the Lamb kebabs average just as the Chicken.
    The Sausages did not even look like sausages and for a moment we thought that we were brought something else.
    In all, the Grilled platter might have had a nice presentation, but the quality and taste was below average.

    Wine on the other hand was very expensive and you have to buy a whole bottle so we decided that we could do without it just for once!

    On the bill we were charged 4 leva each for the live performance.

    We paid 78.90 Leva in all for 3 persons with no beer or wine to pair our meal.

    In all, I honestly would not return even if I had the meal free.

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    Vodenitzata: Center for Bulgarian cuisine and folklore

    by desert_princess Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located at the foothills of Vitosha mountain "Off the beaten path " ,among fresh green forest and mountain air, the Vodenitzata is a folklore complex in an old water mill with an open air garden just above Dragalevtzi river. Built out of stone and wood - the traditional materials used in Renaissance achitecture "Vodenitzata" is a must if you wanna try home made traditional bulgarian cuisine, presented in folklore atmosphere from dressed in national costumes waiters.
    The comfortable hall has 200 places, and a sunny garden with 250 places. The rich collection of bulgarian fine wines and matured rakija / bulgarian national drink,makes Vodenitzata a place for connoisseurs of good drinks and fine food.
    The walls are decorated with wild ducks, and other game animals , costumes and other folklore objects.
    The garden among the woods of Dragalevzi with the reconstructed water mill wheel, the pond and lots of green offers aswell a relaxing atmosphere in the summer months.
    For guests coming by car, the restaurant has a guarded parking lot.

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  • WaterMill Restaurant: Restaurant w/ a Bulgarian Folk Band

    by keeper7 Updated Apr 4, 2005

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    The Watermill has great food at great prices. At the time of this picture there was a traditional bulgarian band performing bulgarian folk music and 2 people fire walking. It is an outdoor restaurant located in the mountain area looking down on the city of Sofia.

    Favorite Dish: I will provide more information on this great restaurant soon.

    at one of the tables
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    The Watermill: Proudly Bulgarian

    by Niablue Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    While you are enjoying your delicious specialties you can see the beautiful folklore show they perform which is a blend of beautiful national costumes, original folk music and songs, lively dances and something very special - fire dancing.

    Favorite Dish: The restaurant is specialized in Traditional Bulgarian cuisine - the unique Bulgarian yogurt, Shopska salad, grills and typical Bulgarian dishes like kavarma, kebap in a pot, kapama, chicken cooked in a miller’s way.......Maybe all this things sound strange to you but that is your chance to become familiar with Bulgarian cuisine during your holiday. You only have to try!

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    "VODENITZA" ( THE WATERMILL): Don't Miss the Bulgarian national cuisine

    by matza Written Aug 2, 2003

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    "VODENITZA" ( THE WATERMILL) restaurant is one of the pearls in the contemporary Bulgarian tourism.The ideal combination of beautiful nature ,woods,nice and vivid coloured flowers among watermill stones,make this place cozy.
    Visitors will enjoy its rich collection,selected from the Bulgarian national cuisine.
    Authentic Bulgarian folklore,rituals and traditions,represented by a folk-dance troupe full of temperament.

    Favorite Dish: Shopska Salad (the fame of this salad has spread over Bulgaria).
    Kebabtshe (meat ball)

    Authentic Bulgarian folklore
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    Vodenitsata: On the mountain

    by traveloturc Written Jul 4, 2006

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    This is very good restaurant with superb view on the city .Its situated 10 km far from the city in the Vitosha mountain area.If you are there in summer time you can enjoy your meal on open air.

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