By a longshot my best Romanian meal in Romania. A very pretty little restaurant around a courtyard in a part of town with an awful lot of interesting houses from the early 1900s. The restaurant specializes in meats, but is apparently also well regarded for its fish dishes. I had lunch:
Started with the house special eggplant dip. It was just slightly spicy, smoky with the properly charred eggplant and really just about the best dish of its sort I have ever had in any sort of restaurant.
My main course were two types of "sausage." One was the national dish of mici (pronounced, I think, meach) which on the menu here was spelled Mititei. They claim it is the best in the country and having now tried it in about six different places I would not be surprised. It is a skinless sausage, more of a fat sausage shaped, spiced hamburger really, grilled and fantastic. I also had Patricieni, a house made, hand chopped slightly spicy sausage that was also among the best I've ever had. I accompanied that with a lightly creamed spinach in which the spinach retained a lot of its texture and was a perfect accompaniment. I also had a side dish of lightly pickled beets with freshly grated horseradish in a bit of cream on top of them.
In all it was a fantastic meal. The food on the tables around me all looked equally excellent and the wine list was reasonably extensive with a variety of Romanian and other wines. Though most people were drinking beer. If you are in Bucharest - GO!
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