It’s easy to choose a restaurant from the popular ones on the Main Street or in the Kapana district, but when we want to escape from all the noise and hide from the crowd for a moment, we always start wondering what place is worth it. Today, the only digital guide under the hills highlights for you 3 hidden places at the foot of Sahat Tepe, where we guarantee that in the most relaxed atmosphere you will fully satisfy your taste buds and even come back for more.
Golden Garden is Zhivko and Nadia Malchevi’s dream come true, behind which are hard work and consistent growth. It all started when 17-year-old Zhivko was a waiter at the seaside. Then Golden Garden was only in his plans, and Nadezhda was an integral part of their joint journey up. Years of upgrading the cuisines of established restaurants in Bulgaria and Europe followed, but even his position as a chef in the 5-star restaurant of the Best Western Hotel in Scotland did not satisfy his thirst for perfection. The passion of Chef Zhivko Malchev in the kitchen is local products originating from the Bulgarian village. That is why he decided to return to his native Plovdiv and open his own restaurant for creative original cuisine, dedicated to the Bulgarian gastronomic culture. He discovered a magnificent house, part of the cultural heritage of ancient Plovdiv, and turned it into Golden Garden. We have been following for some time each of the presented recipes with interest and we recommend with both hands to immerse yourself in the gourmet culture they reveal to us, as well as unreservedly let the unique atmosphere of the summer garden and masterfully combined tastes completely captivate you.
Ristorante Vivaldi is not one of the new restaurants under the hills, but it is one of those that connoisseurs of good food never miss. Just meters from the Roman Stadium, a team of professional Italian chefs are currently preparing dishes from all over Italy, while you eat a freshly baked focaccia - a compliment from the restaurant. Their inner garden is just like an oasis in the center of the big city, and when you combine the tranquility with the creamy taste of ravioli with ricotta or bruschettas with mascarpone and walnuts, you surely won’t want to go! Be sure to finish with ice cream from their own window, and next time don’t miss their fish specialties.
We wrote about d’Asti Osteria Italiana during their opening less than two years ago and we are extremely happy that they continue their journey up the culinary ladder in Plovdiv. Despite the pandemic, they continue to take us on culinary trips to Italy and amaze us with authentic recipes, especially from the Central and Southern part. For connoisseurs, we recommend pork cheeks and veal tails, which are prepared for 40 hours by sous vide technology. In this way the meat becomes extremely tender and melts in your mouth, and don’t even think about skipping desserts!
We end with an extra suggestion, which is right next to the stairs to the top of the hill. Bulgaria on three seas is a restaurant dedicated to the Bulgarian culture, which presents to its guests some of the cuisines of the territories to which our country stretched during the reign of Tsar Simeon. Recipes from the Bulgarian, Serbian, Turkish and Greek culinary scene – this is what you’ll find in the menu, and the drinks are almost entirely Bulgarian.