One of the best ways to experience a new culture is through food. But when you get to a new country, you might not know very well where to start, maybe the menu is just in the local language, maybe the waiter doesn’t speak good enough English in order to make good recommendations, so you might end up not enjoying the food you order, although the country you’re in has a lot of good food to offer. Romania is one of those countries where it might happen that the menu is not translated (or the translations don’t say much) and where you might end up just ordering pizza or pasta, just because you don’t know what the local cuisine is. This article is intended to be a food guide to help you choose wisely when you get into a Romanian restaurant.
1. How and what do Romanians eat?
2. What starters can you get?
3. Too many soup options
4. What's for the main course?
5. Getting some sweetness at the end of the meal
6. A few things to consider when ordering your meal
As dressing, Romanians usually only use vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. It happens often that the portions are rather big and very filling, so it might be a better idea to order one dish at a time, rather than 3 course meals; you might not be able to finish. Romanians like to eat a lot of meat. In case you’re a vegetarian, your options will be limited, but you can always ask for “mâncare de post” (lent food); the only time when Romanians are vegetarians is during Christmas or Easter lent. You might also want to combine one or two side dishes, like polenta with cheese and grilled vegetables or cream of mushroom soup. Salată de vinete, zacuscă and iahnie de fasole are also good options. If you are strict with your vegetarian diet, make sure to ask specifically about it before ordering, as sometimes even if it might seem from the menu that the dish you want to order contains no meat, it’s not always the case.
7. A few good restaurants that you should try while in Romania
There are many traditional restaurants in Romania. These are just a few of the more famous ones.
Caru cu Bere, Bucharest
Address: 5, Stavropoleos Street, Bucharest
Price: from 15 USD
Access: 5 minutes walk from Unirii subway station
Read more: Caru cu Bere
Restaurant Rustic, Hunedoara
Address: Strada Libertatii 4, Hunedoara 331128, Romania
Price: from 10 USD
Access: 15 minutes walk from the city center
Website: Restaurant Rustic
Casa bunicii, Timișoara
Address: Strada Virgil Onițiu 3
Price: from 15 USD
Access: 10 minutes walk from Unirii Square
Website: Casa bunicii, Timișoara
Don't postpone your Romanian feast!There is so much good food in Romania waiting for people to enjoy it. Don’t postpone this trip, you won’t regret it, even if by the end of your trip the scale might show a few extra kilos/pounds. Food is a big part of the culture, experiencing it is a must!
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