Romanian cuisine is quite interesting for those who want to try something new and tasty. Romanian traditional food has roots in the rural areas, but the Capital City has plenty restaurants where tradition blends with food and the outcome is delicious.
So if you travel to Romania, we highly recommend traditional food. We looked for the most popular dishes you can find in restaurants and we made a list for you. We will also provide you with some restaurants in Bucharest that serve traditional Romanian food.
Sarmale, or cabbage rolls, is the most popular Romanian food. Romanians prepare cabbage rolls during
the most important holidays of the year. The stuffed cabbage rolls are prepared with seasoned mince. The cabbage is pickled. The dish always comes with polenta and maybe pickled peppers, depending how you like it.
Similar to sarmale, we have bell peppers stuffed with seasoned mince. The taste is totally different although the recipe is so similar.
Maybe you like meatballs, Romanian meatballs are different from what you might know so we recommend you try it.
A lot of people enjoy tripe soup. You will love it or hate it, but you must try it. Tripe soup can be a good
choice after a night out and a hangover. Very tasty, a bit greasy but worth trying. Romanian tripe soup is
made of beef belly fillet seasoned with vinegar, sour cream, and garlic dip (crushed garlic mixed with oil).
For those who prefer lighter food, it is kind of hard to think of a Romanian dish that is not so heavy. Zacusca is the best choice, mostly if you are a vegan. It is a mixed batter of eggplant, zucchini, onion, tomatoes, mushrooms and bell peppers served on a slice of bread.
Wondering what Romanian dessert to order? Cozonac, papanas, placinta are the most popular traditional desserts.
Cozonac is sweet bread made of flour, milk, yeast, eggs, sugar, and butter. Depending on the recipe, cozonac can also have cocoa and nuts. The tasty cake represented Romania in the Café Europe initiative of the Austrian presidency of the European Union, on Europe Day 2006.
Placinta is a Romanian pastry in the form of a square, usually filled with cheese, different from what you know to be cheese-cake. The filling can consist of salty or sweet cheese.
Papanas is another Romanian dessert you have to try. Papanas is a cake made of flour, sweet cheese and eggs and it is served with jam and sour cream.
Here you have some nice places where you can serve traditional Romanian food in Bucharest:
Lacrimi si Sfinti, located in the Old Town, not far from Le Boutique Hotel Moxa. In the same area you can find Curtea Berarilor, where they also serve a variety of beer assortments. City Grill serves a variety of Romanian traditional food and beverages. A very nice restaurant that serves Romanian food you should try is Casa Doina located in one of Bucharest’s most beautiful places, near Kiseleff Park. There are a lot of foods you can try in Romania. You can also always ask for the chef’s opinion. If you need additional information, don’t hesitate to ask the staff at Le Boutique Hotel Moxa.