Sava and Didi Pentchev started our interview speaking about Brisbane. I learned that when Sava made the decision to sell his successful freight company and focus on his love of barbecuing and cooking, he and his wife Didi decided to open a fine dining food truck. Opening a food truck allowed him to combine his love of preparing Bulgarian and European style cuisine with an outdoor setting. After much research, he and Didi opened Vasani Best of European Food Truck at the Park and Ride parking lot at the entrance of Brisbane on Bayshore Boulevard. Sava said, “Didi and I are a part of Brisbane. We want to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy quality and tasty BBQ meals outdoors in a safe and spacious covered picnic area or as takeout, presenting meals in a clean brown box.”
Continuing, he said, “Our goal is to create the town’s backyard get-together area. A place where families and friends can gather to enjoy each other’s company over a meal of fresh, tasty, quality meat and vegetables.” Didi commented “It’s safe for the children to play here; that’s why we have a white picket fence, planter boxes and soft grass carpeting. Sava spent time designing the eating area and selecting the picnic tables, so customers have the choice to spend time here eating or waiting comfortably while their order is being prepared.” A train went by, and Didi said, “And, where else can you enjoy watching the trains go by?”
The couple emigrated to the United States from Bulgaria and married in the United States. Together they have two young children who attend Brisbane Elementary School. Sava’s two older children also made the decision to come to the United States. Didi commented, “Brisbane’s warm community spirit seated on the foot San Bruno Mountain and the San Francisco Bay are similar to the family and community life in Bulgaria. It’s a perfect place to raise a family, with access to quality education, recreation, and the City.”
When describing their menu, Didi explained that Vasani “is not a fast food restaurant. We prepare our dishes daily with high-quality, fresh, never frozen ingredients and often add specials. The menu offers chicken, lamb, and pork rib dishes complete with vegetables or fries. In addition, guests can enjoy sweet or savory crepes, a cup of soup, or our homemade Nutella cake. The wait is about 10-15 minutes, which is why we took care to craft a welcoming space for our customers to sit and wait for their meal. We also have sink for our guests to wash their hands and a clean portable toilet.”
Vasani Best of European Food Truck is open from 11am until 7pm and located at 3501 Bayshore Blvd, Brisbane, CA 94005: between Valley Dr and Tunnel Ave/Old County Rd. They are on Facebook and Yelp. Delivery, takeout, and sit-down dining is offered. Takeout can be preordered by calling (415) 660-6320 or ordering online by using Yelp, Grub Hub, and Seamless among others. Take a moment, stop by and enjoy Brisbane’s very own community outdoor barbecue and outdoor seating.