I am always intrigued when I hear about new places that have Latin American inspired cuisine, because I feel that is the one area where Bulgaria has had much trouble… Amigo’s! It is the immigrants that usually share their native cuisine, but the sheer distance from South America to Eastern Europe is a bit far. While I am not sure how Alegre’s Cuban chef Ramone came to set up shop in Sofia, but he also runs Casa Latina located on Gladstone, maybe a Latin explosion has begun?
Alegre now occupies the space, which was formerly known as Sidoniya – Lord of the Chef, which is named partly after the culinary game show that awarded a restaurant to its victor. The decor has changed very little since my dinner there last year, so you can expect the same modern kitschy vibe.
I started with the Empanadas, which normally are favorite of mine, but these were light on the filling and a bit dry. They needed something more, plus at 6.40lv, I want to pay for the food, not the exoticness of the cuisine.
I ordered the Chili Con Carne as my main, which at 11.80 lv, I expected something a bit more… The flavors were OK, but it should have been served with some sour cream or guacamole, maybe fresh cilantro on top. This dish needs a revamp if they are going to charge that price.
My friend ordered the Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert, which was a bit too molten. It was undercooked. Also, the chocolate was too low on cacao. The percent of the chocolate was more milk chocolate and this type of dessert needs the bitter dark chocolate to balance the sweetness, especially with the ice cream and caramel sauce.
What would get me back to Alegre for another visit is the fact that they have live music on Friday and Saturday starting at 8pm. I love the Latin sound and think it would do for a night of drinks and live music, provided it isn’t blaring!
29 Hristo Belchev St./ул. Христо Белчев 29,
Hours: Mon – Sun: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
T: +359 878766628