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  • Brent, the blues player
    Brent, the blues player
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  • Count Dracula Club, Bucharest
    Count Dracula Club, Bucharest
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  • Popular places: Red Angus Steakhouse - a great experience

    by Mic86 Updated Jul 10, 2014
    Brent, the blues player

    I have spent some time in the US, so I was really excited to discover this interesting looking barn, with motorcycles all over the walls, old vintage oil cans and a pinball machine. The food is good, they have American steaks and, most importantly, the live music is great. Their resident blues musician is from New Orleans. Worth seeing.

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    Count Dracula Club: Avoid this place like hell!

    by Airpunk Written Sep 16, 2013

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    Count Dracula Club, Bucharest
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    Upon recommendation of the “Lonely Planet” guide, I went to eat and expected some kitschy, funny atmosphere. None of this could be further from truth. I was the only customer and had the most annoying waiter I ever met. Together with the bill, he was the only scary thing that evening. The waiter came back every couple of minutes and tried to sell me “souvenirs” - even before my meal was ready. On one of the occasions, he told me about a large group which was there on the day before. I thought that by now he knew that I did not want to buy anything except my meal and asked him about the group. He said:”Yes, it was a good group, they bought many souvenirs.” Food was OK, but surely overpriced and on top, I was charged for the bread which was brought though I did not even order it (and therefore thought it was free). At the end, I was pressed to give a high tip when the waiter started to lie about the service fee – he said that in Romania it is NEVER included in the bill.

    During my 4 day stay in Bucharest, I have met many friendly locals who were welcoming, friendly and helpful. This was the only time when someone tried to cheat me and I really felt like a cash cow which had to be milked instead of a paying customer. This rip-off may only be related to this very waiter and the lack of atmosphere can be owed to the day of the week (Tuesday, roughly between 9 and 10 pm). However, it has been probably the most disappointing restaurant experience in my travelling career. Based on that night, I recommend to go anywhere else and avoid the Count Dracula Club.

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    Hanul Manuc / cafe Manuc: 200 year old inn

    by dila Written Jun 29, 2013

    Lunch
    nice to sit on look around at the old inn.
    i had a salata din Levant. it was a salate with chicken was not happy with the ketchup and mayonaise they put on it but it tasted good.
    salate was 19 lei
    fresh orange juice 14 lei
    plain water / apa plata 6 lei

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    Restaurantul Vatra: Traditional & Filling

    by Orchid Written Jun 6, 2013
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    Just to the east of Cismigliu Park, on Breziolanu Street is the excellent Restaurantul Vatra. The interior is cozy, with ceramic tiles floors and rustic wooden bench and booth seating. Brick vaulted ceiling and whitewashed walls, with ethnic weavings complete the picture.

    The food is traditioal Romanian, and the best start, especially on a chilly day is Ciorba de Burta (sour tripe soup) which was very good here. For main course, the stuffed cabbage rolls on polenta were fine & grilled spiced meat rolls completed a fine meal.
    For drinks, an Ursus beer washed it all down well.

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    Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest: Hard Rock Cafe Bucharest

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 7, 2012

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    It has been established that I LOVE THE HARD ROCK CAFE - this cafe is the 36th one I have visited. We went at 3pm on a Monday, and it was mostly empty - but it would likely feel that way anyway, since this location is the largest in Europe. After going a little crazy in the Rock Shop, one of the employees, Dana, gave me a tour of the memorabilia. She was a hoot - and we had many laughs. This location has a Michael Jackson Thriller jacket, and a large display of John Lennon memorabilia, including an original Bag One case to carry his artwork. Very cool.

    Since we had just eaten mici, we were not hungry, so we did not eat here this time.

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    Restaurant La Cocosatu: Best Mici in Bucharest!

    by TravellerMel Written Sep 6, 2012

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    Restaurant La Cocosatu
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    Our guide brought us here on our last day, telling us they had the "best mici in Bucharest". We hadn't tried mici yet, so we thought it would be fun. We sat in the outside terrace area and could smell the meat cooking on the grill - it smelled so good! He brought back four plates with 2 sausages each, plus a plate of bread and a plate with mustard. I am not a fan of sausage, but this tasted really good, even though I had to use the bread to take out a lot of the grease. Very inexpensive - I think each piece was 3 RON = $1.

    Drinks were more expensive though - my bottle of still water (apa plata) cost 5 RON, where the most I had paid for one the entire week I was in Romania was 2.5 RON.

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  • L'ecrevisse Bistrot Bucharest: Nice hidden jem

    by Moke2011 Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    L’ecrevisse Bistrot Bucharest is a special jam for those who know the delightful of French cuisine. Family business, the cook is also the owner and his experience started back in the 90’s in France. L’ecrevisse is for me a special place where I can taste a very good French meal and also feel between friends.

    A good meal without beverages will cost you no more than 15 – 20 Euros per person and they do have a good variety of wines and fresh fruits cocktails. Like me, you will come back again with pleasure for the cuisine and the people. Don’t miss it!

    Favorite Dish: My fav top dishes:
    1) Biftec Tartar is definitely one of the best in Bucharest!
    2) Soupe de Champignon is a must, c’est magnifique!
    3) Confit du Canard or Coq au Vin will makes you feel like you suddenly have your dinner on Champs-Elysees
    4) Salads especially “Salade de foie gras” and “Salade D’ecrevisse”
    5) Moules frites or Mariniers or with wine sauce if you’re lucky, they are serving only fresh and too bad that this dish is not always on the menu as I wish :(
    6) Nougat Glace (home-made ice-cream) is a mix of flavors which will chill the warm evenings.

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  • L'ecrevisse Bistrot Bucharest: Nice hidden jem

    by Moke2011 Updated Apr 16, 2011
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    L’ecrevisse Bistrot Bucharest is a special jam for those who know the delightful of French cuisine. Family business, the cook is also the owner and his experience started back in the 90’s in France. L’ecrevisse is for me a special place where I can taste a very good French meal and also feel between friends.

    A good meal without beverages will cost you no more than 15 – 20 Euros per person and they do have a good variety of wines and fresh fruits cocktails. Like me, you will come back again with pleasure for the cuisine and the people. Don’t miss it!
    Address: Bucharest, Ghe. Pop de Basesti 48 (“Foisorul de Foc” area) better call for reservation +40.740.010.812
    Open daily: 1PM until the last client, usually around/after midnight

    Favorite Dish: My fav top dishes:
    1) Biftec Tartar is definitely the one of best in Bucharest!
    2) Soupe de Champignons is a must, c’est magnifique!
    3) Confit du Canard & Coq au Vin makes you feel like you suddenly have your dinner on Champs-Elysees
    4) Salads especially “Salade de foie gras” and “Salade D’ecrevisse”
    5) Moules frites or mariniers or with wine sauce if you’re lucky, they are serving only fresh and too bad that this dish is not always on the menu
    6) Nougat Glace (home-made ice-cream) is a mix of flavors which will chill the worm evenings.

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    Popular places: La Mama - food as good as back home

    by Delia_Madalina Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    La Mama (the Romanian version of "chez mama") it's the fastest growing network of Romanian restaurants. Highly appreciated for the services and tasty food, it's the perfect place to go to if ur tummy is asking for a delicious soup or a fine barbecue.
    A soup is about 3 Euros.
    Main dish: 5-7 Euros

    Favorite Dish: I advise you to try "Sarmalute cu mamaliguta" (smashed pork and beef, rolled in cabbage with a traditional kind of pudding- typical Romanian dish, it's a MUST ;) ) : 5.5 Euros

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    Caru cu Bere (The Beer Cart): Caru cu Bere

    by Nobbe Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Caru cu Bere is a beautiful old German-style restaurant which servers plenty of Romanian specialties, wines, beers and of course and continental menus (if you like). There are also daily folklore entertainment witch starts at 7 PM.

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    Caru' cu bere: Going back to the 19th century

    by Delia_Madalina Updated Sep 3, 2010

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    1879 is the year when Caru cu bere first opened the doors to greet its lively customers with what is suppsoed to be the best beer in Romania.Once you step in, you'd expect to be welcomed by a kind gentleman with a top hat.
    Built in a Neo-Gothic style by Zigfrid Kofczinsky ( Austrian architect) , Caru cu bere is not a restaurant but a page in Bucharest's history. The structure and details created the ambiance of a German Beerhalle.
    It was used as a set for many classical Romanian movies. I.L.Caragiale and George Cosbuc were among the personalities that marked it as a favorite place to go to.

    Caru cu bere has, besides the restaurant itself, also a wine cellar where you dinner is served on live "taraf" music (musical gender typical for parties) or accompanied by cafe singers. And if u're lucky enough as to be there on a night with dancers, u'll be initiated in Romanian basic traditional dance steps.

    ------DO NOT MISS IT!------

    Make sure you book in advance as it is a "hot spot"

    May I add that Isa (Belsaita on VT) enjoyed the time we took her there.

    Favorite Dish: Sausages under any form :P
    And "Tigaie Picanta' (trans: Spicy Pan): chicken and pork mixed with some vegetables and many spices (take a look at the pictures)

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    City Grill: City Grill

    by Fen Written Nov 6, 2008

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    If you come across one of these restaurants around town i really recommend going into one. The food and service is great. The 1st time I had streak and the next time there I tried the grilled chicken. (very Yummy)

    Favorite Dish: Oh the menu they had Serbian rice which was nice.

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    Caru cu bere (Beer house): Caru cu bere (Beer house)

    by Fen Written Nov 6, 2008

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    Caru’ cu Bere, is one of the oldest beerhouse in Bucharest, was opened for the first time in 1879 in the old Zlatari inn. After 20 years it moved to Stavropoleos Street, where it can be found today. It also makes the beer made after a secret original recipe. (Very nice)

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    Beer Cart Restaurant (Carul cu Bere): Great beer!

    by monica71 Written Mar 10, 2008

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    This is one of the best places in Bucharest for great atmosphere and great beer! It is a very popular meeting place where people come to hang around and have a good time. The atmosphere is very casual! The restaurant was opened in 1879. There are great decorations inside: columns, arches, chandeliers, a wooden staircase, furniture and murals on the walls and ceiling.

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    Confectionery shops and Chocolateries: Cakes and petit fours

    by Romanian_Bat Updated Jan 11, 2008

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    Tip Top Cofetarie, Lipscani Street
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    Romanians, especially here in the South, love their sweets. At someone's house, home made jam (the confiture type, with whole pieces of fruit) is served with Turkish coffee or fresh lemonade. Or, if you are really lucky, the lady of the house will be a good cook and come with a plate of steamy, freshly baked apple, cheese or pumpkin pie (no, not the one made with readily made Bella dough from the supermarket, I am talking about home made dough and about tasty things here).

    But if you do not get invited over by anyone or if the lady of the house is not a cook (scrambled eggs, potato soup, instant whatever and pasta are not included in "cooking"), then head off for the city and look for one of the "cofetarie" signs. This stands for confectionery shops that sell (usually locally cooked) cakes, birthday cakes, cookies and chocolate products. Sometimes they are also into pastry. Not all these places are at the same level (for some of them use whipped cream from the tube, while others make their own).

    Favorite Dish: There are a few brands you should be looking for. For chocolates, forget Leonidas and whatever else, head for the Capsa (at the hotel with the same name on Calea Victoriei), for their Cofetarie; they have been the best in Bucharest chocolate for a long while and are still there. Also, their Pricomigdale are still Romania's best. Unfortunatelyt their place is a take away, there are no tables and chairs. Of the cofetarie chains in the city, the Ana and the Tic Tac are the best. The Ana has great mini cakes, while the Tic Tac does great cheese and jam cakes. Of the individual cofetaries (which abound, even though some of them have been bought over by the two above), the one next to Piata Romana metro station, or the one near the crossing of Regina Elisabeta with Calea Victoriei are great. Especially the fruit cakes or the coffee and chocolate cakes are great. Usually these places do not serve alcohol (sometimes they sell sparkling wine to go with birthday cakes, but that is all). Cakes cost from RON 3 up to RON 10.

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