Romania (Caru Cu' Bere)
Much of what is known about Romania today is still in its complicated past. Apart from the legend of Dracula, its gypsy dwellers and its communist era, I didn’t know anything else about this place. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight when I first got here either.
With the port of Constanta being my main point of entry, it didn’t make much of a first impression since I was in the mood for some serious sightseeing. A 4-hour drive pass the Danube river, however, took me to the city of Bucharest, where this century-old restaurant caught my attention during my brief visit. And this is what I would like to share with you.
Once you get to the heart of the metropolis you will find here an array of European architecture, and amongst them is one of Bucharest’s most frequented historic eateries - Caru’ Cu Bere. It is known to have attracted thinkers, businessmen and bohemians alike, giving off that whole Parisian vibe. And that shouldn’t come as a surprise when the city it finds itself in is actually nailed as the “Little Paris”.
The place was fully packed when I arrived but its design didn’t fail to introduce itself. It walls adorned with symmetrical paintings, the woodworks decked throughout the hall, chandeliers and stained glass windows all in their rightful places .
Musicians filled the air with classical pieces which, at times, were melancholic. That makes it inevitable to be reminded of what our tour guide, Caterina, had told us about. The troubled times its people went through over the decades. That was a period when food and heating systems were rationed. Imagine how it must’ve been during the winter. There were so many restrictions to its people’s way of life that freedom wasn’t even a word one could think of.
Being characterised by such a strong historical setup nearly had me mistake this for a classic library had it not been for its waiters gliding through the place with such panache.
While Caru’ Cu Bere is known to be a beer hall, there’s more to it than just that. This is actually a good place to try out some authentic Romanian food. And by Romanian, you can definitely expect their menu to be filled with a lot of meat. Personally, I ordered a plate of Piept de pui la grãtar, which is grilled chicken topped with a generous amount of melted cheese. I wish I had paired it with their notable beer that they brew themselves. Sadly for a non-beer drinker like me I opted for a glass of cold water instead. (How corny is that?)
If you do find yourself in Bucharest, though, you should definitely give this place a try and enjoy this video below!
P.S. Special thanks to Caterina Patrichi. (firstname.lastname@example.org, +40724872518)