Restaurant Annette – the Moroccan escape in Sofia

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The Moroccan restaurant Annette is a cozy place for sharing words, emotions and of course,

Morocco was quite a popular destination among our friends this year. We heard a lot of stories and saw so many colourful pictures that went straight into our wish list. Well, we did not make it to Morocco because we had many other interesting trips to make, but the wish list is still there.

Now we are spending some more time in Sofia and we are telling you about the wonderful places in our city. And what it has to with Morocco? Well, today we were at least for a while in this colourful country, spending a few hours at Annette – the cozy Moroccan restaurant in , Bulgaria. If you have not yet discovered it, now is the time to do it.

Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen, the The Blue Pearl of Morocco

North of Sahara

Is there a person not curious about the Moroccan culture? I think no. if you have not had the chance to go there personally, you must be very curious. If you have had the chance to visit Morocco, you are probably nostalgic of your stay there. Anyway, just the thought of Morocco for us is very exciting. And no culture could be felt thoroughly without its food. This is why we were so excited about our visit to the Moroccan restaurant in Sofia – Annette.

The cozy interior of Annette restaurant
The cozy interior of Annette restaurant

The Moroccan cuisine

Where there was a gathering of many cultures, there is always very interesting cuisine. This is valid especially for regions where different peoples and cultures were mixed for millennia. The history of Morocco is very spicy and colourful and such is their food. Rich in eggplants, couscous and a lot of tea.

Until I parked our vehicle in the crowded centre of Sofia, Maria had already discovered the tea. Moroccan black tea with mint and pine nuts. At Annette restaurant you might not find the usual contemporary luxury but you will definitely find coziness everywhere. It was an autumn day so we decided to leave the white garden for warmer times and settle on the second floor with the traditional low tables and sofas.

The second floor or Annette restaurant - the Moroccan restaurant in Sofia Bulgaria
The second floor or Annette restaurant
A jar of Moroccan tea is a great start of every meeting
A jar of Moroccan tea is a great start of every meeting

A place and food for sharing

I think that the whole idea of Anette restaurant – both the interior and food, is about sharing. Sharing the moment with friends, acquaintances or just with the people on the neighbouring table. The feeling is just like this, especially on the second floor. The round tables and the comfy pillows, placed on the floor, does not let anyone to have a fixed seat.

It might not be the best choice for people who insist to have their personal space. But if you feel social, you will love it. The thing about food is similar, although if you insist on eating you dish by your own, no one will take it from you. However, the food in Annette restaurant and the way it is being served just calls for it to be shared. We were even a bit sorry that we did not invite friends with us and went only the three of us. Well, next time.

So what we shared at Annette restaurant?

Colourful meals with spicy flavours

The best thing you could do at Annette restaurant is go with your friends and order a mix of all of their starters. They are served is small round balls that might look too small from the first sight but this is an optical illusion. If you order just one of them, you will probably feel it too spicy or too rich in tastes. However, if you have a palette of 10 different appetizers, you will feel the absolute pleasure.

Colourful mix of moroccan appetizers at Annette restaurant - Moroccan restaurant in Sofia Bulgaria
Colourful mix of moroccan appetizers

Let’s start with the amazing hummus. We also loved the fried sliced zucchini with mint, as well as the tabule. The eggplants were also surprisingly tasty despite we are not huge fans of eggplants.

Delicious ggplants at Annette restaurant
Delicious eggplants at Annette restaurant
Irresistible zucchini with mint
Irresistible zucchini with mint

Quite spicy but very memorable was the matbuha – spicy stewed tomatoes and peppers. We also tried the piquant carrots and also the traditional piquant chickpeas. Mutabbal was a paste of eggplant and tahini and it was not spicy at all, compared to the other starters. One of the things we also loved were the falafels. And finally, there was something almost Bulgarian among the appetizers – marinated Bulgarian cheese. No need to say it was very spicy, too.

Falafels, marinated carrots, piquant chickpeas and other delicious things
Falafels, marinated carrots, piquant chickpeas and other delicious things

Moroccan bread

All of these treats were served in the company of two types of bread. One was traditional home-made bread and the other was batbut – fresh home-baked pita bread with leek and herbs. Both went perfectly with the appetizers, but we really fell in love with the batbut.

Moroccan bread
Moroccan bread batbut

If you have space for a main course: Chicken, veal or just couscous?

If you have followed our previous advice to taste as many appetizers as possible, you might be already full. However, the main dishes deserve not less attention and we could not resist tasting them, too. Or at least the legendary couscous. Here is what we had.

Couscous with vegetables

Fluffy, simple, with non-demanding but memorable taste and flavours. This is the basic Moroccan couscous, served only with zucchini and eggplants and delicious broth. You really do not need anything else to enjoy it. However, if you prefer, it can be prepared with different meats as well.

Couscous with vegetables and some appetizers around
Couscous with vegetables and some appetizers around

Chicken fillet with pear in red wine sauce

As we said before, where cultures mix, tastes mix, too. This is absolutely valid for Moroccan cuisine and this dish is a proper example. You will find savoury, salty, wine.. and many oriental spices, all in one dish. If you love culinary experiments and mixing tastes like us, you will probably like it. If not, you may want to get back to the couscous which is loved by everyone.

Chicken fillet with pear and wine sauce
Chicken fillet with pear and wine sauce

Veal with prunes, almonds and herbs (and some couscous)

We were not fans of veal until recently and we are still very cautious when we order veal. But this one was an extremely successful pick. The meat, the prunes and the almonds just fit perfectly. And the couscous for garnish helped make the feeling fluffier and lighter.

Veal with prunes, almonds and couscous
Veal with prunes, almonds and couscous

And let’s say again that the main dishes are also sharing-friendly. They were all served in small bites of fillets, ready to be shared.

The dessert: Malebi and Moroccan sweets

We were very curious about the Malebi. We do not have much experience with this dessert but we remember a trip to Svilengrad, Bulgaria, where a friend took us to try their local Malebi which was obviously a big attraction. Well, it was not bad but not something we would return for. So we wondered for some time whether the Moroccan malebi would be worth trying. Anyway, we decided to give it a chance and it was one of the best food choices we have ever made. We enjoyed to the last spoon the amazing white crеam covered with pistachios. I don’t know how to describe it, so take a look at the pictures.

Malebi and a mix of Moroccan sweets
Malebi and a mix of Moroccan sweets

We combined the malebi with a mix of traditional Moroccan sweets – some with jam, others with nuts, all different but lovely. We finished our tea and headed to a walk around Sofia to enjoy the rest of this wonderful day.

Anna and the Moroccan cuisine

As most 3-year old kids, Anna was not willing to stay at one place and just taste food. Instead, she spent the most of our 2-hour stay jumping around the tables and sofas. Her favourite foods appeared to be the bread and the couscous, which she called rice. And of course she loved the desserts.

Anna loved the Moroccan bread
Anna loved the Moroccan bread
Our not so small team at Annette restaurant
Our not so small family team at Annette restaurant

Angel Kanchev street

Angel Kanchev street is a very nice street, parallel toVitosha boulevard. If you have already enjoyed your walk in the Sofia city centre, it is a great idea to jump for a Moroccan lunch at Anette Restaurant,which is located exactly at Angel Kanchev 27.

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