Tuesday I went to have a coffee near me at the Grand Cafe Galleron. Apparently this is a well known and respected place – they do serve great espresso, I have to give them that. However, the service at this place is a hit or miss – depending on the waiter (waitress) you will get. I sat for about 30-40 minutes until I got the menu… luckily they provide free wi-fi and I had my laptop with me. After I got the menu, I waited another 20 minutes – I saw the waiter pass by and i called him several time with no success. Eventually a waitress started serving the same room and finally I got great service.
The place looks very nice, it has 6 or 7 different rooms, one of them non-smoking and they serve a large variety of coffees, alcohol and some light meals (salads, smoked salmon…) I would recommend this place mostly because of their great coffee and the interior decor but don’t expect good service.
Wednesday evening I went to the good old Deja-Vu for the “Live Music Wednesday”. Had some beers, a few shots of… not sure what, it was on the house and sang along to some Russian tunes from the 80’s and 90’s. After the show was over I chatted for a little while with Radu, the guitar player and singer for that night and at 2am I decided to leave. When I got to the entrance doors of my building I heard loud music playing near by – Bubbles Club, right across the street was open so I decided to check it out. I guess it wasn’t their best night, there were less than 10 people inside and it was a … KARAOKE night! I had a few more drinks, listened to some guys and girls sing “I will survive”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Hit the Road, Jack” and “American Woman”… and decided to go home. The barman told me it’s much funner on Fridays… I might check it out.
This brings me to Thursday… I had some breakfast and decided to check out the Herastrau Park. It is one of the biggest parks in town and many told me it’s very beautiful.
Right before I entered the park, I passed by the Arc de Triomphe… the Bucharest one of course!
The Herastrau Park is based around the Herastrau Lake, even during winter the parks looks very nice and hundreds of benches are taken up by old ladies, young couples and mothers with baby strollers. I also spotted some people walking on the frozen lake; first I thought they were ice skating, then i thought they were fishing and then… I am not sure what they were doing…
The weather was great! It was +3 C, the sun was bright and warm so I ended up walking for 2-3 hours. A little past 4pm I was at the Aviatorilor metro station (that’s the one right near the park entrance) and I headed home. I forgot to get off at Piata Romana, where I live so i decided to get off at the Universitate and head to Lipscani for lunch… When i got to the old town, I remembered how much I wanted to pass by Caru’ cu Bere, one of the town’s oldest restaurants.
I was told that all the tables are reserved for later, however if i wanted I could only stay for 2 hours… I agreed. It usually takes me less than 2 hours to eat a meal. I was surprised by the authentic neo-Gothic-like design, that alone is worth a trip.
(the iPhone pictures don’t do it justice, you’ll have to see the place for yourself)
Once I was shown to the table the menu was brought to me within minutes. I ordered Carnati Plescoi (hot sausages) with Romanian fried potatoes (covered with cheese) and a 400ml glass of Caru’ cu Bere draught.
The meal was served within 15 minutes (beer came much earlier) and it was very very delicious. The sausages were hardly “hot”, but still very tasty.
I was surprised to see that I was charged extra for the bread… It was only $0.5 or so, but the principle of it… anyways, the whole meal including the beer was about $10, so very affordable.
Everyone, from good looking young ladies that greet you at the door to friendly waiters speak English and offer good service. The menu is Romanian and English. Caru cu Bere also offers free wi-fi. I definitely recommend this place to everyone and i will be coming back 😉