Motto attracts a really cool crowd, and that includes the staff. If you're not in the mood for eating, this is just the place to lounge around with a cocktail or a glass of wine (some of Bulgaria's famous reds are available here by the glass). In inclement weather you'll have to sprawl in the stylish dining hall, but if it's balmy head to the green garden furnished with modern timber couches and tables and chairs. Those in search of a romantic spot, be warned: It's laid back at lunch but can get very crowded and loud at night. Light meals include a tasty avocado-and-veal salad, chili con carne with tortilla chips, burritos, and spinach rolls with stewed tomatoes and celery. If you really want to fill up, there's a heavier selection (duck breast roasted in red wine and forest mushroom jam, or chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto, cheese, spinach, and cream). Whether it's a light cafe-style burger or slightly more challenging main, the kitchen delivers -- maybe not immediately when it's at full buzz, but who cares when you're entranced by the beautiful people there.
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- Recommended 2010