After a seriously terrible week, I decided to join a dining group for dinner at Danube, a Bulgarian Restaurant in Westwood. If only I had known they have no liquor license. A glass of wine might have helped over that looong wait for service. The staff at Danube, was not unfriendly. Our waitress was just a little...distant. As in...gone away... unable to locate...disappeared. It was almost laughable when someone in our party went back to find her after 30 minutes to tell her that several of us remained unserved. The sweet, but CLUELESS little waitress thought the table was only missing ONE entree, not FOUR! So it was OK to have only ONE customer out of a party of 12 sit and wait for 30 minutes while everyone else around them had already finished eating, but FOUR is a bad thing?
The meal: although it took a long time for appetizers to come around, they were good and tasty. I loved the cheese pastry in filo and the eggplant rolls. It was a promise of good things to come. But I was wrong. When it arrived at last, my entrée, Moussaka, was over baked. The béchamel sauce, barely recognizable, was like parchment. (hint: you know you’re in trouble when you need a knife to cut through the sauce.) It was accompanied by an oily little chopped iceberg salad.
So, Danube, you disappointed me, but what do I know. Just maybe.. this place is REALLY authentic - just as bad as you’ll find in Bulgaria.
“life is a banquet and some poor fools are starving to death”
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