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“New Chef, sorry, disappointing.”
Review of Venus

Venus
Ranked #11 of 18 Restaurants in Smolyan
Cuisines: Eastern European
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Reviewed 4 November 2015

We haven't been for several months and so we popped in for dinner, midweek.

I think we plumped straight for main courses, my Wife had the steak, medium, and I the Pork Ribs.

We were expecting excellence as we had always had great food here.

The Chef has moved. How sad. The steak was almost blue. Eventually the waiter noticed and asked if we wanted it grilled more. My chops were, I suppose, to the liking of Bulgarians rather than Brits. They were huge but very mature, so very large and a lot of fat. Too much fat.

We know where the chef has gone and are going there!

I am not sure that I would even trust the chef here to make a pizza.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 27 December 2014

Very nice place to have international and local dishes and enjoy some well selected and properly kept wines. Prices are very adequate although a bit on the high side for the region.

Date of visit: June 2014
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Reviewed 2 November 2014

Friends took us to Venus this time.

The waiter was charming and friendly as ever.

We noted the sausages hanging in the wine cellar, they are made from meat/animals reared on the owner's land.

Starters were Calamari, lots of it, crispy batter and cooked perfectly. Oven baked Brie on apple, lovely, and Bruschetta with proscuitto, again, lovely.

Mains were two pizzas, enormous, tasty and cheap. Two others had the lamb cutlets. Heaps of them with roasted veg and a lovely gravy.

Two puddings, the largest Tiramisu ever, enough for two, so good, and a Creme Brulee, bruleed at the table. Perfect.

We will not hesitate to return

Date of visit: October 2014
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Reviewed 13 April 2013

This is a great place to find. Enter from the main road or from the Billa car park. If coming in that way you enter the bar area where there is often live music. Outside the bar area is a place to eat outdoors and also smoke if you wish.

Downstairs is the restaurant decorated with many interesting features and furniture. There is all another large seating area open to the elements.

The menu is extensive, and, for western Europeans, still very cheap. They offer great local dishe which are so cheap, then pizzas for about 3 or 4 euros. These have proved delicious.
We went upmarket, I have had the Fois Gras starter. This is actually goose liver, not French Fois Gras. This was served on peaches with a blackberry jus. Vast portions and really good. I have had the broccoli in blue cheese sauce, equally delicious and probably enough for a main course. I have had the herb crusted lamb with roasted veg. My Family went large on the veal dishes.

Service was excellent.

The last time there we had starters and main courses for three with drinks. The bill was about £40 which is extortionate for rural Bulgaria but I was totally happy with the price, great food and ideas cost money.

I will always come back.

Date of visit: March 2013
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Reviewed 27 August 2016
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Date of visit: July 2016
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