Soft Opening of Takoteka – Mexican Gastro Bar in Sofia
The news of a Mexican restaurant opening in Sofia was met with great excitement from the expat community. One frequent contributor to the Sofia Foodies Facebook group said, “I dream in tacos.”
The soft opening on March 8/9 featuring a set “test” menu, was quickly sold out, but we managed to get a booking!
The restaurant is tucked in the back at Tsar Shishman 22 and has a casual feel with about 20 tables. The owner is Bulgarian, but said he lived in “Las Vegas” for a while, which must be where he picked up his passion for Tex Mex cuisine.
Opening a Mexican place in Bulgaria is no small feat, as many of the traditional ingredients (such as tomatillos, chipotle and cilantro) are either unavailable or very expensive. And corn tortillas are basically unheard of in this part of the world. But where there is a will, there is a way….to improvise.
The soft opening menu featured a ceviche-like Octopus appetiser with tortilla chips and chorizo quesadillas with guacamole. Then four types of tacos (pork carnitas, chicken adobada, pork lengua/tongue and mushroom as the vegetarian option). For dessert, a choice of mango cream, or churros with chocolate and dulche de leche dipping sauces.
The food was good, but still has a way to go to please those of us that truly love Tex-Mex and know the “real thing”. On the other hand, the Bulgarian friends I was with, who have never had anything like this, thought it was fantastic. Hopefully, before the full opening they will be able to make some adjustments. The staff was clearly overwhelmed by the first night, and with experience, hopefully the service will improve as well.
A big winner of the night was the Margarita Classico, which I heard described as “the best margarita in Sofia, hands down.” A strong flavour with just the right amount of chilli laced salt on the rim. If nothing else I would go back just for the margarita!
Overall, this has the potential to be a fun new place to enjoy good flavours, and good margaritas, right in the heart of Sofia.
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