I have a special place in my heart for Baba Marta. It was the first family-friendly restaurant we discovered when we moved here, and the first place where we experienced the thrill of tasting different food to home.
The brightly coloured Bulgarian restaurant is fun with a cosy, homely feel. We particularly like the chicken shashlik marinated in rum, and the mixed meat grill is great for sharing; the black bread is always good, and, if I have room for dessert I’m a fan of the poached pear with rosemary.
There’s a playroom for the kids (actually it is more the size of a play-cupboard, but it keeps the children entertained) with building blocks, dominoes, and space for colouring, plus there is a separate area with soft mats and cuddly toys which my two love throwing themselves around on (weekends only). As an added bonus there is a changing mat for babies in the ladies bathroom, highchairs for the little ones and a kids menu.
Baba Marta is at 8 Gogolevsky Boulevard which is just up the road from Christ the Saviour Cathedral so makes a great place to stop if you’re sightseeing – (we’ve brought several guests here) and being right on the tree-lined Boulevard ring you can work up a good appetite by taking a stroll beforehand – or burn off the calories afterwards! Their website can be found at www.babamarta.ru/pages/homepage