Thinking mehana? The Makedonska Kushta experience

by lance1 on February 12, 2012

Makedonska Kushta

The need for a traditional Bulgarian mehana restaurant requires an all out mehana experience.

And this means loud folk music and a party atmosphere.

Sometimes it is the food that draws you to a particular place, and sometimes it’s the need to have a venue to accommodate a bunch of guys requiring good tasty food.

First impressions

They pride themselves in greeting guests according to old Bulgarian tradition – a warm welcome with homemade bread – traditional SouthWest Bulgarian recipe. Free for every guest. Settling into the evening now.

A non-smoking area on the second floor was offered too.


We kept it simple.

A good choice of chopped tomatoes, aubergines and peppers, dips  and simple and communal grilled meats and vegetables. All salads seem nice and good price – (4-5 leva).

If you are very hungry, there are much more interesting typical Bulgarian starters, such as calf’s tongue.

Roll out the cart

And that’s what is delivered. A cart full of fine grilled aubergines, chips, chicken and sausage. Nice flat bread included as well. Enough to feed 5-6 people (73 leva). Interesting presentation. If it’s too much for your company, you can choose from a wide range of Bulgarian meat dishes, such as satch, grilled pork or some of the season’s specials.

Homemade wine

Now, I have to confess, that when I am offered home made wine in Bulgaria I make some polite excuse.

Maybe just bad luck, but I have sampled some truly horrendous substances that are passed off as wine. Sour, and oxidised, red stuff turns into nectar when it’s the fruit of one’s own labours. One’s judgement is clouded and all seems somehow okay when it’s homemade – obviously with some exceptions.

The usual homemade offering is however organic and natural. But undrinkable unless it’s the fruit of one’s own labours. This does not cut the mustard. However, we were “sold” the concept to try the restaurant’s home made wine.

Well, whilst no Enira, it was perfectly acceptable. Great value too. I must learn not to judge a book by its cover!


The cartful of meat did not leave any room for a anything sweet, but I spotted some interesting ideas on the menu – strained yoghurt with green figs (3.60 leva) or pears in mil-caramel syrup (5 leva).


There was a band and a singer playing Bulgarian folk songs., starts at 8 o’clock. A bit too loud for me.

The good

Hearty authentic meals, big quantities and reasonable prices. Full of locals, which must be a good sign. Nice staff. Go if you want to have lots of Bulgarian food and music.

The bad

No non-smoking area, loud music after 8.00pm. Not central.

Booking details

Studentski grad, opposite block 58

tel. 0879002131  

Work hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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