REVIEW: DINING AT SAINT GEORGE, BUCHAREST

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Cand nu am timp sau bani sa calatoresc, imi place sa ma simt ca in vacanta in Bucurestiul meu. Asa ca la fiecare pas prin oras incerc sa gasesc frumusetea ascunsa a locurilor prin care trec. Ca sa nu ma plictisesc niciodata, imi place sa ies in locuri cat mai diverse, si sa incerc lucruri cat mai diferite. E valabil si atunci cand vine vorba de o cina in doi. Din cand in cand, mancarea gatita in casa nu e de ajuns, ai nevoie doar de un locusor linistit, unde sa bei ceva si sa mananci ceva bun. When I don’t have the time or money to travel, I like to take a moment and feel like I’m on vacation in my Bucharest. I try to find the hidden beauty of the city with every step I take. I don’t like to visit the same places every time, it would be boring, so I try to mix it up and try different things. This also counts when we’re planning a dinner out for two. From time to time homecooked meals are not enough, all you need is a quiet place to drink and eat something tasty.
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Borzoska

In plimbarile prin centrul vechi, de multe ori am trecut pe langa Saint George. Am vrut de multe ori sa intram, dar de fiecare data pasii ne-au indreptat catre alte locuri. Pana la urma, inevitabilul s-a produs si ne-am propus sa trecem si pe aici. Restaurantul nu era aglomerat cand am ajuns, dar pe parcurs s-au mai ocupat cateva mese. Atmosfera a fost linistita, intima, chiar romantica as putea spune. La un moment dat, linistea a fost intrerupta de lautari, dar acestia si-au facut treaba discret si cu talent. Mie nu mi s-a parut ca progamul muzical merge cu specificul localului, dar e ok, inteleg ca strainii (care erau in numar destul de mare in restaurant) sunt atrasi de un asemenea spectacol. Noi, obisnuiti de atatia ani cu aceeasi muzica nu mai suntem la fel de entuziasmati. During our old town walks, we passed many times by Saint George. We wanted to go in, but every time our steps took us to other places. Inevitably, we decided to go in. The restaurant was not too crowded when we arrived, but during our dinner, a few other people came in to eat. The atmosphere was quiet, intimate, even a bit romantic. During our dinner, a group playing traditional Romanian music took the stage, but they were discreet and talented. To me, it didn’t look like the music goes well with the restaurant’s feel, but it’s ok, I understand that tourists (there were many) enjoy this kind of show. For us it’s nothing new, therefore the enthusiasm has faded away over the years.
Sa trecem la motivul principal pentru care am fost acolo: MANCARE! In primul rand, “Borzoska” cu legume la abur (adica piept de curcan in aluat de cartofi cu usturoi, smantana si cascaval, asezonate cu mazare, morcovi, porumb si fasole verde). Pieptul de curcan a fost crocant, aromat si gustos, si bine facut, asa cum ne place noua. Oricum, ceva total diferit de bucataria noastra traditionala. Daca ar fi sa schimb ceva, ar fi gramajul portiei de legume, care din punctul meu de vedere a fost prea mica.

La salata Sibiana (salata verde, rucola, rosii, castraveti, sunculita uscata, branza de burduf, seminte de dovleac), gusturile se imbinau foarte bine, dar si aici as fi schimbat ceva. Nu foarte mult. Din punctul meu de vedere, branza de burduf ar fi trebuit sa fie in cantitate mai mare (eu sunt fan branza de burduf) si cumparata de la un producator local, cu ferma. Mie mi-a lasat impresia ca era branza de la supermarket.  

Let’s move on the main reason of our visit there: FOOD! We tried “Borzoska” with steamed vegetables (turkey breast in a potato crust with garlic, sour cream and cheese, served with steamed peas, carrots, corn and green beans). The turkey breast was crispy, flavored and tasty, and well done, just like we like it. It’s something different from the traditional Romanian cuisine. If I were to change something, I would add a bigger side of steamed vegetables.

We also tried a Sibian salad (green salad, rucola, tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, dried ham, transilvanyan cheese and pumpkin seeds), the combination of taste was very interesting, but I would also change something here. Not very much. According to my taste, they could have been more generous when adding transilvanyan cheese (it’s very tasty). I would also recommend them to buy it from a local farmer. I was under the impression that it’s bought from the supermarket.

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Cheese Dumplings
Preparatul serii a fost insa portia de papanasi cu dulceata de afine si smantana. Perfecti din toate punctele de vedere, invelis crocant, miez pufos si o usoara aroma de vanilie pe care parca si acum o simt. Nu plecati de aici fara sa ii incercati, pentru ca nici nu stiti ce pierdeti. Ah, si faceti si voi portia aia mai mare, sa ne bucuram mai mult de gustul delicios al papanasilor 🙂

La capitolul minusuri, vinul casei nu era decat in varianta roze. Dar din ce am inteles nu este un lucru care se intampla foarte des. O sa revin cu drag aici, si va invit si pe voi sa o faceti, mai ales daca aveti pofta de niste papanasi deliciosi.

The most delicious dish by far was the sweet cow cheese dumplings, served with cranberries and cream. All I can say is: Perfect! A crispy crust, fluffy middle and a slight vanilla flavor that I can still taste. Don’t leave this place without trying this dish, because you’re losing out. Oh, and please increase the portion size, because we want to delight ourselves more with this yumminess 🙂

We didn’t like that the only option for the house wine was rose. But they said it’s not a common thing. Usually, you can also choose red and white wine. I’ll come back here, and you can also try this place, especially when you want to eat some amazing cheese dumplings.

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