Foggy, almost rainy. Inside, passing through the walnuts and apples in the window. A bookmark: Bertolt Brecht, I have been waiting for you today. Warm. Light. Smiles. The smell of paper. Pillows: shall I work or shall I dream? Wait, lucky! My work is a dream. Hot tea, crackers, biscuits. Darkest grapes. Seneca Anticafe: charm and inspiration.
One of the many gifts for my birthday (lucky girl) was a degustation of Japanese desserts. It happened at Sushi Terra and it came after a delicious sushi feast that I am not going to torture you with or...maybe a little:
In Japan, crêpes are a common street food, with the basic dough being similar with the French original, and the filling mostly consisting of fresh fruits, whipped cream, chocolate, toppings, dried fruits or ice cream. The ones we enjoyed for my birthday were exquisitely delicious crêpe rolls filled with whipped cream and tropical fruits like mango, banana and kiwi. A fresh, light yet sophisticated dessert.
I can't say I didn't like them all, but perhaps I had a soft spot for the Passion fruit (Maracuya) mousse: a cold, refreshing, divine mousse with maracuya and dark chocolate sauce, topped with a pinch of orange.
Japanese ice cream
The inventive Japanese like to experiment with many flavors for their ice cream and they have recently discovered the secret non-melting ice cream. We haven't tasted that, but were delighted by black sesame, ginger, green tea ice cream, that went very well with a perfect lava cake.
It was very hard to decide between the coconut wonder and the maracuya, for my top degustation experience, but all I can say is that this special desert managed to keep on the palate a very strong coconut flavor yet being quite soft and silky. It almost felt like condensed coconut milk. The best!
Mochi ice cream
The most unusual dessert experience was Mochi. Mochis are confections made of mochigome paste (glutinous rice is pounded into paste sheets and molded into various shapes). Most Mochis are a traditional New Year's cake. In the case of Mochi ice cream, the mochigome paste is rolled around ice cream of various flavors, forming small balls rolled in potato or corn starch to avoid stickiness. The taste combines the flavor of the ice cream with that of the mochi paste and surprises with the explosive coolness of the ice cream, while the mochi remains at room temperature.
Golden September is here and we are drawn towards cozy, complex places and foods, blending the hotness of summer with the promise of winter holidays and the explosive harvest feeling and glamorous nostalgia of autumn. Thalia is such a place, my Thalia is right on my street corner, in a beautiful Neo-Romanian inn, and one thing I like about them is how they positively evolve with time. I like food places that take on the pulse of the street. Here you can taste traditional Romanian dishes such as ciorba, tochitura, sarmale, papanasi, a few essential Hungarian dishes (such as gulas) and their own tasty version of international dishes and in-house creations.
Name is self-explanatory: good steak! but what I like about it is feeling the love in how the dishes are cooked and served. It's a special feeling that creates a vision of the staff smiling. It might help that Steak Up is right in the middle of the flower section of Dorobanti Market. Thank you for the smile :) and keep it up.
One of my favorite comfy food place, the Moldavian (Basarabian) franchise. Placinta means "pie" so you can imagine this is first and foremost about delicious salted and sweet pies. With shepherd cheese, cabbage, meat, potatoes, apples, sour cherries and other wonders. Yet the surprise comes from their other dishes, which are equally creative and delicious. My La Placinte is in Blvd. Titulescu.
This is the place to be for the best burger in town. In the heat of a busy intersection, pumping with street spirit. One more lucky break for me to have them just around the corner (and more laps :D for that matter). The guys at Furgoneta are very special street chefs and so is their food. Burgers, hot dogs, quirky sauces and drinks, and first of all, gourmet personality.
Have a tasty September!
What to expect if you're Cinderella, you've just lost your shoe and now living for being found by the Prince, and you ditch the mice and take a stroll in the Old Town, on a Thursday night, after midnight? People and food from all over the world, dance, secret quiet corners and moonrise.
Stop! Take a bite :D
...then continue following your nocturnal destiny, Cinderella...
Rest in the quietness of Stavropoleos
Good night, Cinderella!
...at Club Floreasca, one of my favorite places in Bucharest, by the lake. It happens to be the place where I burn calories as well :)
The Bulgarian Salad is a pretty common dish in Bucharest restaurants, and here you can eat a particularly good one. Recipe: tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, lettuce, olives, finely sliced ham, grated telemea and boiled chicken or quail eggs. Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Cover photo: Thao Uyen
A melting pot experience, in more than one way. Welcome to our Epicurean adventure!