I am not vegan, but I do tend to find myself drawn towards restaurants that focus on alternative diets. If you are vegan, you consume no animal products; no dairy, no gelatin… only nuts, fruits and vegetables, but it is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. To some, it might seem extreme, but those that are vegan tend to be quite passionate about it. Veggic was an interesting surprise to find in Plovdiv, I am always eager to discover non conformist restaurants, regardless of the city
I had some preconceived notions about the restaurant and was pleasantly surprised that the vibe was very upscale, and judging by the clientele the age range was across the spectrum. The menu featured a variety of dishes you would find on a non-vegan menu, but given their own twist.
Ever since my first visit to another vegan restaurant in Sofia, Soul Kitchen, I have become a big fan of their interpretation of “Russian Salad”. My husband was baffled… how can it be Russian salad with out mayonnaise and ham? Regardless of the traditional ingredient list… it is an interesting and tasty alternative. I challenge all skeptics to try it out…
My main course was sushi, but I have to say this was a disappointment. For one thing, they didn’t use rice. Last time I checked, rice was vegan, but instead used a nut paste and filled it with vegetables, wrapped in nori. I was also quite disappointed that they did not focus on seasonality. Choosing a healthy diet is not just about what you eat, but what you eat when. Tomatoes and peppers should never be eaten out of season.
My experiences at Veggic were mixed, but I will be sure to visit the next time I am in Plovdiv to see how they grow and mature, as they are a relatively new establishment. The spring and summer seasons will definitely have the most comprehensive menu offerings.
32 Knyaz Al. Batenberg St./ул. Княз Ал. Батенберг 32,
City Center, 6th fl./Сити Център, ет. 6,
4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Hours Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Phone 087 862 3682