Carul cu bere is one of the most famous restaurants in Bucharest. It's in Stavropoleos Street, No. 3. It was opened in 1879, its name means the beer cart, and is one of the few neo-Gothic buildings in Bucharest. It was created by a Polish architect. The main hall, with impressive ceilings that are extremely high, is supported by pillars, and has a half-height gallery. The décor is full of paintings, wood work, and strangely enough, stained glass. Around 1900, it was the meeting place of the literary and a major cultural center for the city. The Carul Cu Bere was the direct competitor of the famous Casa Capsa, but a little more bohemian. Many works were inspired by what happened within these walls. The Cu Bere Carul advantage, like all restaurants with mythical reputation, is that service is not the best, but at least the food is good. I thought it was a bit costly. The terrace outside is made of wood and nice, but one should really take advantage of seeing the inside of the building while he or she is there.
The restaurant Casa Di David is one of the best restaurants in Bucharest. Always busy, and if you are arriving for dinner it is best to make a reservation. In summer you can eat on the rooftop terrace, which overlooks the park lake Herăstrău. You're not in the city but in nature, you don´t hear the sound of cars and busses, and eat delicious food. In the room inside, you can smoke, so if the weather is nice I recommend you go outside. The food is Italian, pasta taglatelle with truffles, risotto with four cheeses, ham that is absolutely scrumptious. While the food is not very expensive for a place of this quality, the wine definitely seemed expensive. Any bottle in the supermarket cost 10 euros but they served it there for 40 or 50 euros. While a plate of pasta, pizza or risotto will cost between 7 and 10 euros, which is more than reasonable. I did not try the desserts, but they are the same as the rest, they must be pretty good and worth a try. They service was fantastic and of first rate, and there is always a water standing nearby to help you with whatever you may want.
This restaurant is in the Piata Mica, Sibiu in the small square.I went because a friend recommended it to me ad said that there was good traditional Romanian cuisine there. Seeing the other dishes, it actually looked good. There is a covered terrace outside, but we went to eat downstairs in a converted cellar dining room. There is traditional decor, with objects of everyday life of the Romanian Peasant. We ordered a starter to share which was a selection of meats, especially pork, sausages, ribs, ground beef and some chicken. It comes with pickled tomatoes and potatoes. It was not cooked enough, mostly the pork pieces, so we left a little aside because we were scared of being sick. At the end we asked to pay by card and they said they could not because we didn´t let them know at the beginning, I felt pretty bad. We insisted and finally they let us pay by card.
The Crown Plaza is the place of the restaurant's French chef Jean Hubert Garnier. It is a hidden gem in Bucharest, which you can not miss out on if you like good food. The hotel is an old building that is in need of a renovation, but the restaurant is definitely an unexpected, but nice, surprise. The Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a wine cellar. The menu changes depending on the season, but there will always be something that will surprise you. When went I had a tasty roast fillet of sole with leeks in white wine sauce that I loved, and grilled seafood with asparagus. We also tried a tuna carpaccio with pesto and tapenade, and steamed chicken breast with feta and olives that left us without words. The products are very fresh, and there was an artistic presentation. I recommend it as one of the best restaurants in the city. In the summer it is especially nice because you can eat outside on the terrace overlooking Herastrau Park. It costed us around 50 euros per person.
The Turn is a restaurant in the town of Sebes. We went there because it's next to the central plaza and church and was pretty much the only restaurant we could see, apart from a few shabby bars. It's well kept, and the food comes in large portions. We ordered a plate of polenta that came with cheese and cream, and it was too much for one person. Then we tried a cheese pizza, with half a kilo of cheese on top, but it was good, though very large. The salads didn't have dressing or ripe vegetables - even though it was summer, the tomatoes were green. The atmosphere is young and full of rock music. There is a covered terrace that protects customers from the rain. The bill totaled less than 10 euros per person.
Sergiana is one of a restaurant chain that serves traditional Romanian cuisine, and offers a wide range of dishes from different regions of the country. For example soup, beef meatballs, peppers stuffed with cheese, and crispy crepes typical of the region of Brasov, which are stuffed with meat and covered with a sauce of vegetables. They seem to be crepes, or fat Chinese nems, I'm not sure which, but they are very good. Service is by waiters and waitresses in traditional costume, in a small room above street level, but the most beautiful room is in the basement, cellars with beautiful arches, divided into small rooms, one is a smoking permitted room, and they also sit in the non-smoking rooms, and there is a small bar too. The restaurant is always full, a table empties and is quickly filled, many visitors, but also Romanian families. The waiters are very busy but friendly. You can eat and drink very well here.
This restaurant is situated on the Piata Mica, in the little square of Sibiu. It is fully refurbished and warmly decorated. There is a wine cellar, which dates back to the 19th Century. The owners and the name have been changed, but it great fun to go wine tastingthere. Now it is a traditional Romanian food restaurant, where you can try a plate of different meats and sausages with a creamy sauce (very good!) and a little cornstarch. We tried the stuffed peppers made with a mixture of meat and herbs. They serve generous portions and a main course was certainly enough. We arrived on a rainy day and the restaurant was almost empty. They treated us like kings, it was very nice. We really enjoyed the wines, we tried several glasses of the local wines, but the price seemed a bit expensive compared to a supermarket price, you multiply it by five.
This pizzeria is in the lower part of Sighisoara, outside the medieval town. It has a beautiful atmosphere with a lovely terrace.Upstairs was also busy because a band was about to play. People were relaxing on wooden tables with benches to fit a dozen people, and mixed groups. We ended up downstairs, it had little charm but thankfully we were near the kitchen and bar. Like so many places, the service was very slow. The place had very good pizza though, the potion was generous and the price was agreeable. When you are hungry waiting for food is never fun. Certainly coming during the day rather than evening would be better.
Hermania is a German restaurant. It is situated in the historic center of Sibiu, a city founded by German Saxons in the Middle Ages, and it was given the name of Hermanstadt. It is quite a large restaurant, which is located on the ground floor, and it is also an important historical monument. On the menu you can find meatball soup, and other meat-based soups, mostly made of pork. There are also meat dishes cooked in a wine sauce, and polenta, pureed corn flour that forms the basis of the food in this region of Romania. When we went there, the restaurant was fairly empty and on several occasions we had to eat there because there was nobody there. It was high season in the city, and to spice up the place they organized concerts and other cultural events, but it seems that some of these nights, people do not go much.
It is said that this is the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, the famous prince of the Carpathians better known as Dracula. Located in the old center of Sighisoara, now converted into a restaurant. You must enter through the front door, and climb up to the first floor to find it. The decor is reminiscent of the Middle Ages and the bloody Vlad, with weapons, coats of arms of the family and other details that make your hair stand on end! The light is very low and the dark wooden tables do not help to brighten up the place. The restaurant has a room and a balcony that allows you to eat outside, while overlooking the backyard. The kitchen is not remarkable and produces well poorly local and international food. There will be something for everyone here.
This restaurant in the main square of Sibiu is named after the Tower, in reference to its neighbour, the Council Tower. The latter is a real landmark of the city, built in the thirteenth century. Sibiu has a good selection of restaurants, and this is definitely one of them. It is completely open on the square, with large windows; in most restaurants here, you're tucked away in the small room of a medieval house. The menu offers Italian cuisine, with delicious coffee to finish. Soups, salads, pastas, pizzas ... it smells great when you walk past, and is one of the few non-smoking restaurants in the city. There is a decent selection of seafood and fish, grilled prawns, mussels, squid, baked fish, or grilled golden. The fish platter for two includes a good mix of tuna, salmon, shrimp, squid and swordfish.
The German-named restaurant of Hermannstadt is in Sibiu, which, built by the Saxons fresh from Germany in the 14th century, has kept its name for centuries. The restaurant is in the city's main square. It serves traditional Romanian cuisine, like soups, tripe or pork belly, so if you don't want to eat it, you have to say so very clearly to avoid surprises! But most of the dishes are delicious. The basic ingredients are cabbage, potatoes, pork, and onion. The offer good crepes for dessert too, which are thin pancakes with sweet sauces or jams in the middle. It's a little touristy, with dining rooms on the first and ground floors, which I found a bit dark and sad, but upstairs was fine. It was less than 10 euros for lunch or dinner. In summer, there are nightly folk concerts.
If you are traveling through Romania and are lucky enough to visit Brasov, you should eat at the Româneasca House. The food is not expensive and the service and food are excellent and the rooms very spacious. Ask the waiter his recommendations, share plates and you're good to go. We tried the lemonade and ate scrumptious Mamaliga: polenta (similar to mashed potatoes but corn) with cheese, fried egg and yogurt sauce; Sarmale (cabbage stuffed with meat), and Toditora (mamaliga with sausage, pork and chicken) . If you stay at the hostel http://www.libertyvilla.ro/ you're near the House Româneasca.
Uptown is a restaurant in the center of Bucharest, which is near Herastrau Park. It's near several embassies, including the Italian and Spanish ones. This explains why when you come to dinner here there are so many different languages to be heard. This restaurant has a terrace, and a fully enclosed room on the first floor. The terrace is covered for inclement weather. I tried the ham risotto with cheese, which was good, but it was a little heavy on the salt. I also had the grilled squid as a first dish, which was good with a spicy tomato sauce, a little original. We also fish went well. Service is careful, do not rush but also did not expect much your food. Nor improperly charged, two out dinner 50 euros with a bottle of wine. The menu is a mix of Italian and French, not many Romanian dishes.
Orphée is an Italian restaurant of the Piata Mica, situated in the small square of Sibiu. It is a popular place for eating out at night. Most restaurants offer traditional Romanian cuisine around while Orphée is an Italian restaurant. The menu seemed a bit limited, especially when it came to pasta, which basically consisted of spaghetti and gnocchi. The plate of the day was three types of tagliatelle with seafood (we are more than 7 hours away from the sea!), Bolognese and vegetables. Nothing special, but it had the advantage of being a cheap place to eat. For less than 10 euros you can get appetizer, entree, and a drink. The interior room is modern and there are well presented tables outside.
Luminita is a restaurant on Theodor Pallady Avenue Bucharest. Whenever we went to lunch there, which was always around noon, the service was very slow. We were in a hurry, so that made it stressful, and we ordered meatball soup. Twenty minutes later when we asked about our soup they told us to wait "three more minutes" because they had just started making the meatballs! After that we waited another 15 minutes for the soup to show up. The soup in Romania is called ciorba and generally with a small portion of salad gives you more than enough. But we ordered a second of meat, which was dry and not very good. I liked the soup itself. The bill came cheap, 10 euros two. There was a terrace, a little noisy because it is on a grand boulevard, and spend many cars. A popular place was always packed, so it took, but it spotless clean, the kitchen, the bathroom, so good.
This restaurant is in Herăstrău Park, next to the lake. This suburb of Bucharest is a district created around entertainment and is filled with restaurants and bars. What is surprising is when you enter and see the size of the main hall, which can host over 1500 people! They have been involved in tourism hospitality for over 50 years. They organize company dinners, receptions for weddings, and folkloric events for groups of tourists. We went without having reserved ahead of time, and we were still able to have a company event, which took up the entire restaurant. We were allowed to sit in the corner for a drink while we watched the traditional dance show was presented on stage. Each group presented a dance from a region of Romania. The costumes were beautiful. The terrace has a private garden and opens onto the large public park.
Beleived to be the oldest brewery in the country, now belonging to Ursus Breweries, one of the local beer makers and the largest in Romania. The current factory was built in 1718 by Prince Eugene of Savoy and has become one of the most modern breweries in all of south eastern Europe. It is situated in the vicinity of the Plaza de Trajan, (Piata Traian), surrounded by many Romanian tavernas. The beer "Timisoreana" has received numerous awards, including the best lager in 2001, silver medal at the 1891 Fair in Timisoara and the bronze medal at the 1855 Budapest Fair. It is a symbol in Romania. It costs about 2.7 read (0.66 €) for a pint bottle.