Restaurant: Bucharest

So let me take you a bit east in our wonderful Europe and show you my culinary adventures in Bucharest Romania. I am lucky to be here several times over the last few years and really enjoy the company and the food! even try Romanian wines ok.

As in my brief series on restaurants let me introduce you to some of my favorites in Bucharest. Excuse me for the poor photos ::)

The soul of Bucharest ! The beer wagon or Caru cu bere ! the restaurant with old world decoration near the National Bank building of Romania. The restaurant building is neo gothic located at Stavropoleos street across from Calea Victoriel street the famous city center of Bucharest. Caru’ cu Bere is a bar and restaurant in the Lipscani district of Bucharest,  opened in 1879 and moved to the current location, a gothic revival building in 1899. It is noted for its distinctive art nouveau interior decoration.   The sumptuous interior will dazzle you, as much by the many details of the decor as by the colors that emanate from it. Finally the food, a wide pannel of what can offer the culinary culture of Romania, really a good place to eat dishes of quality.

The atmosphere in Caru cu Bere is really impressive, sometimes a bit noisy, but you get used to it very quickly. Attentive and busy servers swarm everywhere in an organization that must be exemplary in the face of the impressive number of customers. In the background, traditional music well dosed not to be embarrassing without being forgotten. The building consists of several places, the first is the terrace, under the ceapa (onions) and usturoi (garlic), it is still very obsolete in winter. Then, you enter the main room by passing an old drum door to arrive in the most magnificent restaurant that I could see! In the background, a period bar, with the beer brewed by the restaurant itself, balconies lining the bar, but it is necessary, before taking the view, to climb a magnificent wooden spiral staircase. Downstairs, the basement is landscaped but keeps the image of a cellar, and a magnificent collection of Borcan (jars). Enjoy it.

More on Caru Cu Bere here: Restaurant Caru cu bere Bucharest

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The 18 Lounge , at  3-5th Presei Libere Square,  City Gate South Tower, 18th floor, Bucharest. The City 18 Lounge on top 18th floor of the Millenium building. It has a 15 meters long bar, and tables all around with wonderful views of the city and the lake Herastrau. Open Mondays to Fridays from 12h  until 16h  is lunch, then 16-18h is closed and opens again at 18h, Saturday and Sunday no menu direct from carte. Here we had a leek soup, and then pork spare ribs in a Romanian sauce with Calsberg beer. Great business and romantic place packed with locals and visitors alike. The views alone are worth coming here!

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Definitely a place worth trying out, at least for the view, so make sure to make a reservation with a seat next to the window. Modern and stylish in decoration, 18 Lounge comes with seating for 180 guests inside and 60 on the rooftop terrace. So a larger part indoors, but with floor-to-ceiling windows the views are panoramic just about anywhere. Open daily from lunch to late dinner, the rooftop restaurant serves international flavours from a seasonal á la carte menu. Or you head to the 15 meter long bar and order crafted signature cocktails made with local and fresh products. With a sophisticated yet friendly vibe, 18 Lounge is a great rooftop bar in Bucharest for a date or a nice night out with friends and family. Sometimes there is live music, and otherwise you can expect nice tunes out of the speakers. For dinner, reservations are higly recommended, and note that the 18 Lounge dress code is casual.

More on the 18 Lounge here: 18 Lounge Bucharest

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La Placinte Moldavian cuisine restaurant with a wooden tray of pork kebaks, potatoes, salad, and compote or drain fruit drink of red fruits sweet and nice down with Ursus local beer was excellent.  Very nicely decorated Inside and nice friendly service.  I went to the Str. Nicolae Caramfil nr. 49. More on the locations here:   https://laplacinte.ro/ro/pages/restaurante/2/

The page can be translated to English here: Restaurant La Placinte Bucharest

La Placinte is a chain of restaurants from the neighboring Republic of Moldova that has become quickly popular in Romania .. As soon as you enter this restaurant, situated in an upscale Bucharest neighborhood, you will notice the cozy atmosphere and helpful waiters, always with a smile on their face. If you like Romanian folk music and home-made food, you might become one of their regular clients. Apart from traditional Moldavian dishes, served in clay pots, their menu also features many delicious pies, filled with pumpkin, potato or cheese.  The place can get quite crowded at lunch time and and in the evening so it’s better to make a reservation.

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My Vatra Neamului restaurant is at DN1, str. calea București, nr. 29, com. Balotești, jud.  The Restaurant is by Balostesti, past Otopeni the airport city, along the DN1 road. This is very much use as well for weddings and anniversaries by the locals, as it is very traditional Romanian in food and decoration. We had dinner in the poets’s  room as you have portraits of Romanian poets/writers going way back. Vatra Neamului, is a mix cuisine between ancient moldavian/romanian food, the food wich was served by our ancestors before us, and a trip to the time of Stefan the Great, Michael the Brave, and the unrivaled writer Mihai Eminescu. Wonderful find, enjoy it when you can

When they don’t have big events, the Vatra Neamului use only the floor halls. In the evening, from time to time, they also have music from various bands that come to play there.  The menu at Vatra Neamului  is Bessarabian, obviously! Similar to the Romanian cuisine, in general, and very hard with the Moldavian one, still evident.  They also have a few kinds of reference to Russian cuisine. The food is good and less of the Slavic and Balkan chefs, fat and heavy. The Pies, in particular, are highly appreciated, and I think they are one of the attractions of the Vatra Neamului. Especially since they’re being made in front of you, some housewives do a little job in a corner where they’ve arranged the plating, with the flour bags next door, the suciters and everything else.  The service is good, personal with waiters who are not frustrated because of their job. Prices are normal.  The hearth of the Gentile Vatra Neamului is, therefore, one of the restaurants already known in Bucharest, among those with  Moldavian nationals. It’s going there especially when you have more time on hand and you’re not on the run.

More on the Restaurant Vatra Neamului here: Restaurant Vatra Neamului Bucharest

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Another time out of hotel I went outside to the La Iancu restaurant just outside Bucharest in Otopeni where the airport is located, but a nice town. The service was very nice, and the food with the big veal steak fries and beers Tuborg was nice indeed. More on the La Iancu restaurant here!  http://www.laiancu.ro/

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Then pay a visit to a wonderful place sure to come back to it, the Taverna Sarbului. The terrace ambiance and friendly service to the superb local cuisine and good friends made it special, I could have stay here longer!  More on the Taverna Sarbului here:  http://tavernasarbului.ro/bucuresti/taverna_ro.html

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And there you go another culinary trip of wonderful memorable Bucharest! Always looking forward to be back. Enjoy it and do visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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