Ordering fish dishes in the restaurants of Bulgaria - how to understand Bulgarian fish and seafood names?
How do you know what kind of fish you have on your plate? Does such a thing exist in the Black Sea or it was brought from other European countries? We have prepared a small tourist cheat sheet, with which you can safely order fish and seafood from Bulgarian menu.
Walking along the seafront of the Bulgarian sea resorts and port cities it is difficult to pass by the numerous restaurants, where fresh fish and seafood are served. Tempting aromas of fried fish, the smell of spices, coming from plates with mussels, attract you to a cozy table with a great sea view. And where else can you try fish delicacies, if not on the seashore? Usually in such places the fish menu is very fresh, diverse and inexpensive. And it is not surprising, because its basis is the daily catch of local fishermen.
How can you find your favorite fish in the menu if it is not translated into your language? The Bulgarian names are very picturesque and specific, but do not coincide with those that you see in the menu at your home.
We present you a table with the translation of the names of the most popular fish and seafood, which are served in restaurants and sold in shops in Bulgaria.
|Bulgarian||English trasliteration||Latin||English||Inhabits in the Black Sea or in freshwater in Bulgaria|
|Акула||akula||Squalus acanthias||Spiny Dogfish, Cape Shark||yes|
|Барбуня||barbunya||Mullus barbatus||Red Mullet||yes|
|Галия||galiya||Gaidropsarus mediterraneus||Shore Rockling, Mediterranean Rockling||yes|
|Зарган||zargan||Belone belone||Garfish, Needlefish||yes|
|Калкан||kalkan||Scophthalmus maeoticus||Black Sea Brill||yes|
|Карагьоз||karagyoz||Alosa immaculata||Black Sea Shad||yes|
|Кефал||kefal||Mugil cephalus||Black Mullet, Flathead Greymullet||yes|
|Лаврак||lavrak||Dicentrarchus labrax||European Seabass||yes|
|Меджид||mejizh||Merlangius merlangus||European Whiting||yes|
|Паламуд||palamud||Sarda sarda||Atlantic Bonito||yes|
|Пъстърва||pastarva||Salmo trutta||Вrown Trout (freshwater)||yes|
|Сафрид||safrid||Trachurus||Atlantic Horse Mackerel||yes|
|Скумрия||skumriya||Scomber scombrus||Atlantic Mackerel||yes|
|Сьомга||syomga||Salmo salar||Atlantic Salmon||no|
|Хамсия||hamsiya||Engraulis encrasicolus||Black Sea Anchovy||yes|
|Херинга||heringa||Clupea harengus||Atlantic Herring||no|
|Цаца||tsatsa||Sprattus sprattus||European Spratt||yes|
|Ципура||tsipura||Sparus aurata||Gilt-head Seabream, Dorade||no|
|Шаран||sharan||Cyprinus carpio||Wild Common Carp (freshwater)||yes|
|Миди||midi||Mytilus galloprovincialis||Blue Mussel||yes|
|Рапани||rapani||Rapana venosa||Veined Rapa Whelk||yes|
So, we found out what the name of the Black Sea fish is in Bulgarian. And learned that not all the fish and sea food that are on the menu are found in the Black Sea. Now we cam imagine that we will be served in the restaurant, and we approach the fish showcases in Bulgarian supermarkets with confidence.
For your convenience, we present a list of places located directly on the beaches of Bulgaria. There you will certainly try fresh fish and other delicacies of the Black Sea.