I heard about Cabra Natural Foods and Bar
relatively recently, but decided not to wait an check it out. Despite the fact I am neither vegetarian nor vegan, I am love herbivore cookery. I am on this new sort of personal mission to find a “health” food restaurant in Sofia that knows how to cook and season food well. Cabra was pretty good!
The restaurant is located on Oborishte, near the Doctor’s Garden area, but close to Evlogi Georgev. One of the interesting things that immediately surprised me about the decor is the re-use of wooden pallets. They used them not only as fencing, but also as part of the bar inside. If you follow EGL on Facebook, I have been sharing some interesting ways to use pallets as planters for both vegetables and flowers.
One of the main decorative focal points to Cabra’s interior is the awesome chandelier made by the fabulous shop Zona Urbana (24 Angel Kunchev St). The natural hue of the wood is nicely complimented by the bold colors on the chairs. The restaurant is small but they have loft seating as well.
Since it was midway between lunch and dinner. My friends and I decided to share an almond hummus with crisp chips. I was pleasantly surprised that it was delicious and well seasoned. The perfect balance of flavors. They offer a fresh lemonade with ginger and mint, but the only downside was not the flavor, but the fact that both glasses that I ordered, must have been freshly washed or right out of the dishwasher because they were warmer than room temperature and they didn’t include ice. It was really good, so I overlooked this point when I ordered my second glass.
When the chips ran out we all ordered a rye roll, which was surprising. It was quite light for rye, which tends to be dense since rye flour isn’t as refined as white flour. Also, I prefer a crisper and more golden crust, but regardless of my preference the flavor was nice.
Not surprising the quinoa was not great. While I consistently order quinoa if it is on the menu, I find that they seeds them selves are over cooked and rather mushy, in most cases. This dish was tossed with mixed summer veggies. It was served hot, but I would have preferred the dish cold, so the texture and the flavors of the veggies would have had more flavor and texture because it wasn’t well seasoned at all.
All in all quinoa is still a new ingredient, so I can’t judge a place on that alone. I loved the hummus, so I will return in the future to try some of their other offerings.
18 Oborishte St. (ул. Оборище, 18)
Sofia, Bulgaria 1504
Phone 02/846 8687
Mon – Fri: 10:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm
Sun: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
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