The dishes (we had three salads and mains) although fancy sounding, were poorly executed. There seemed to be more of an emphasis on presentation than on texture and taste. Compared to the average prices maintained by Bulgarian restaurants (this assessment comes from a native), Smokini is expensive for the mediocre food it offers. It makes an effort to present a fine European cuisine by including specialty cheeses and condiments in its ingredient selections, but the food lacked character.
The fact that we were overcharged didn't help improve our impression. My friend ordered roast lamb, which came with potatoes, but since he didn't want the potatoes, the waiter offered to swap them with grilled vegetables. Which popped up in the final check, even though they were offered as a substitution and not as an extra. We were given a lousy explanation as to why that could not be deducted from the bill.
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