This is the secondary part of Casa Bunicii (Grandmas House) that I spoke about before and it is located under (behind) the Aparthotel Iosefin Residence that Add is staying at this trip...very, very convienient for an evening meal if you dont want to cook for yourself..the standards are just as good as the main restaurant and the staff are IMO far superior...the waiter we had went above and beyond to make the formal business lunch and the more laid back evening meals perfect for all of us ...the food was well prepared and well prtesented and really its not too expensive
Favorite Dish: I had the chicken and beef roll and the banat (local) potatoes with leek
Add and John had the roe deer steak and new potaoes
Jim had the chicken pillows with apricots
We all were very pleased with our choices
We had a meal here with 2 of Adds workmates and when we first arrived at 8pm there were not many people there...so we hung on a bit to order...mistake!...by almost 9 the place was suddenly packed inside and out and very annoyingly people had turned up with babies and small children..at that time of night!!!with alcohol and cigarettes about!!!
Anyway we finally got one of the harrassed waiters attention and ordered the mixed grill (chicken) for 4 and another round of drinks ...the food was fine and more than enough with fresh bread that comes with it and the typical skewers and chicken drumsticks and filets and a big bowl of salad too.
We paid 99 lei and thats for 4 people and 4 biers 2 bacardi and cokeds and 2 fizzy waters...not bad value at all and eating outside on a balmy night is good...less of other peoples small children would be better!
Lets hope they employ more waiters/esses soon when they see how well its going
Favorite Dish: Chicken mixed grill for 4 was good
We went here for a brunch meal after missing breakfast...the place is not very big and still has a smoking section inside...but there is a door to screen it off...the coffee and tea and cold drink list is extensive and they make all thier own cakes ,chocolates,sweets,pies and bread and speciality wedding cakes.....it smells divine in there...we decided to have the 2 versions of a kind of pie one with meat filling and one with the salty cheese of the region and we shared them..this is sold by weight so you can choose to have a much or as little as you like...we saw several people coming in to collect thier bread/cake orders and one person even bought all his own tupperware and a list from his wife of what to collect that was quite extensive and he still paid less than 120 Lei at the end of it..I didnt eat a dessert there because we had booked for a 7pm meet for another meal...but if I go back Im going early and geting fresh bread rolls and a cherry strudel....they looked fantastic!
Went to this restaurant with a couple of Adds colleagues and had a great evening with good food and pleasant company..this restaurant is designed to make you feel like you have gone back to grandmas house...which is all well and good providing your granny was Romanian...since mine was'nt I thought it all just looked a bit like they were trying too hard with the 'old' theme...but they did have a nice, antique winerack inside...
The waitresses were very polite and provided a menu in english from somwhere although they did admit it hadnt been updated in a while...however what we chose was still available so no problems and they did seem to have a wide range of wines which Add was only too happy to choose a red from for the 3 men...the food arrived in no time and was well cooked and nicely presented ...and the cutlery was heavy and of a nice quality..always a good sign.
Favorite Dish: I had the Chicken Pomodore and Add had the Spicy Calimari...the other men chose the house speciality of Chicken Skewers ...we all enjoyed what we had...we also had 4 different desserts and split them evenly because we couldnt decide
This is fast food sushi and it is situated in the food court at the top floor of the Lulius mall in Timisoara.Tghere a only a few seating options (4 tables) to the right of the bar and seats at the bar too of course
As its fast food sushi its not quite as exquisitly made as restaurant sushi but as long as you accept the difference its perfectly fine ,fresh food.
The menu is well set out and goes from cheaper to more expensive as you read down it...most things are served and priced in 2's but if it is per piece that is stated...there are also options for ready made packages and take aways.
The drink menu whilst not extensive is good and includes a couple of japanese beers and sakes and the famous "calpis" too ...if you are not sure...dont drink it!
Favorite Dish: Sushi!
A lovely , well maintained restaurant and coffee shop and confectioners spread over several floors which has the possibility to hire out rooms or entire floors for functions or weddings.
They are serving traditional banat food and cakes as well as more international dishes and even exclusive cuisine like emu and wild boar
The tableware and linnen is of a high quality and I feel that always says a lot.
The waiters are very helpfull and the menu is available in several languages you just have to ask.
The meals we chose were very different from anything we had had before but we both thoroughly enjoyed our food and there was plenty of it ...neither of us could quite finish (unusual for me) and we did not even consider a dessert!
Favorite Dish: I dont have a favorite as yet but as I go back more I will let you know...I will defintely be trying the cakes next time!
As always a local Sushi review!
The Sushi was good and there was a large range to choose from including some we had never heard of before (but that could be due to translation and personal opinion of course )
The rice was nicely done and everything we ate was very fresh which is a must !
There are other things on the menu aprt from sushi...but we didnt really look at those
There seemed to be plenty of places to sit and the waiter we had was helpfull and attentive without being overbearing ...service was quicker than I had expected as sometimes you must wait a while for Sushi to be made to order
Be aware that smoking is still allowed inside so ask to be seated in the no smoking area if thats what you want
Favorite Dish: Sushi!
As the hotel breakfast was served untill 10 am and I usually woke up later, I had to find another place to eat something. Bars have some really nice cakes, but my favourite breekfats became the fried sandwiches they give in the stalls of victory square, they are simply delicious specially, if like me you prefer a salty breakfast than a sweet one.
Favorite Dish: Fried sandwiches.
This is one of the many bars that overlooks Victory square. Here you can both have breakfast, an icecream or a real meal.
I came here just to have coffe as it was the best in town, not as good as in Belgrade but still a decent espresso.
Favorite Dish: Illy espresso.
Though the name sounds italian this is not an italian restaurant, it has some italian dishes in the men nu but all the staff is romanian and romanian are the main dishes of the menu.
It's in the heart of the city just next to Victory square.
Favorite Dish: Ciorbas, romanian soups are definitly their specialites but the best dishes I had were: chiken liver and tripe both were really excellent and not so common to find in a menu, but if you want they also have pizza or frnch fries.Their local timisoreana beer is just ok.
Karadjordje is a very interesting, "cellar-type" restaurant. As soon as you walk downstairs, you are greeted with what sounds like Serbian manele...it's very good!! :) You may have a difficult time choosing what to order because there are so many options. I recommend trying the Schnitzel with french fries...it's some of the best I've ever had. The Karadjordje Sword, a kebab with 5 types of meat, is another good option. Also, the Serbian salad is really good too. There is only one menu item to watch out for...lemonade...they serve part of a fresh squeezed lemon mixed with a little water and sugar packets on the side. I guess it could be good (depending on what you order)...only order the lemonade if your not ordering something salty or you also get some bottled water. Overall, the service and everything else is very good. Enjoy! :)
Favorite Dish: I tried the Schnitzel Banateana with french fries and it was some of the best schnitzel I've ever had. It's also served with a little bit of cabbage and mayonnaise.
I really liked Cafe Colt; which btw stands for corner cafe, because of the ambiance and service. I also really like the fact that I was sitting at the bar one night with my brother and it was about 1:30am so naturally I asked the bartender when they close and he said: "we don't". I live in Calgary, Canada now but was born in Timisoara. For me it was also cool being half a block away from the school I spent grades 1 through 4 at. I was 25 when I went back and it was my first time in 14 years going back and I gotta say that I was surprised with the peoples hospitality, willingness to speak English and to give you a great experience. This was definitely the case at Cafe Colt. I'd have to say that the best thing about Timisoara was the good food and the easy to talk to and beautiful girls.
Don't get fooled by the italian name, most of the dishes are Romanian.
The owner worked a few years in Italy, hence the name. The owner and her daughter are serving in the restuarant.
It's small, nice, most of its customers are regulars.
I'd say it has the best cook in town, even if there are other, larger, restaurants, which look better and serve more ellaborate dishes.
The recipes are nothing out of this world, but taste great.
Every day, there are a few extra dishes, which you cannot find on the menu, which the cook does for the sheer pleasure of cooking. Don't foget to ask about them, in the unlikely event that the waiter forgets to tell you.
It may be full during weekends, especially at the end of the summer and in autumn, so it may pay to make a reservation.
They're experts on food, but not on wine. You can freely leave the waiter to choose the food for you, but don't expect too much advice on wine.
They also have traditional drinks on stock which aren't on the menu, and the waiter won't tell you about them: plum brandy (single and double distilled) and home-made sour cherry and blue berry licquor - these last two are very sweet (we call them women's drinks), and are intended for desert.
Favorite Dish: I can't recommend one special thing. I'll put up two menus:
First, the one for professional eaters:
Starter: Aubergine cream (don't miss this, you can't get it anywhere else in the world)
Soup: Pork belly soup (Germans call it Kuttelsuppe)
Main dish: Sarmale (sour cabbage leafs filled with a mixture of meat, rice and spice)
Desert: you have to ask for what's not on the menu - the usual suspects are an excelent, very aromatic apple pie, sour cherry pie, chocolate cake, all prepared in-house
You may have a beer before the soup.
Get a "Feteasca neagra" for the main dish. Take care to finish it before desert.
Then ask for a "vishinata" or "afinata", or a coffee, to accompany desert.
Second, a lighter menu - but you don't get most of it in winter:
Starter: a plate with
"cash" - a sort of fresh cheese, very milky and soft in its taste, also very soft in its texture - they don't have this all the time, it's available only fresh, and it doesn't get made in winter
traditional fumed bacon - it has very little fat
tomatoes - these are a must, their very good taste is what makes the whole combination exquisite.
Soup: a simple chicken soup with noodles
Main dish (well more of a fast food, if you ask me): mici (pronounced "mitch" - minced meat mixed with spice, formed into little, sausage-like dumplings, and grilled), ideally with horseradish and bread, no other side dish - IMO any side dish takes away some of its taste. If there _has_ to be a side dish, ask for french fries
Desert: same as above
ask for a "tsuica" (plum brandy) right after the starter, drink it up in one gulp right before you start eating the soup (you may not want to do this if the weather is too hot)
You may have a beer with the mici, but a red wine (for instance a Shiraz - it's pretty new in Romania) also goes well
For Desert: same as above
I like this restaurant because the prices are very affordable, the atmosphere here is really chinese: the waiters and waitresses, even if they are Romanians they dress like Chinese. The place itself is also very beautiful with a lot of chinese details.
Favorite Dish: "Gong Bao" chicken and fried spaghetti with vegetables.
The Millennium is quite good, in spite of its appearance: a lot of plastic furniture and fixtures, and the fact that its lit signs present it as ‘Fast Food’, in the Millenium most food is presented on its counters, which, if you can’t speak Romanian is very useful.
Service can be a bit slow, as the good-looking waiters seen to be students, but you are not in a hurry, are you?
The Millennium seems to do very very long hours.
The food is good value for your money. Small selection of local beers.
Favorite Dish: In the Millennium I could really get my teeth in some lovely Romanian dishes.