After we settled into our accommodation for that night, we had dinner in the heart of Bucharest, known as `Centrul Vechi`. The restaurant which has been chosen by some friends of mine and me was Carul cu Bere.
Carul cu Bere has a history of more than 30 years and still remains one of the most important symbols of Bucharest.
“With God’s faith and will all come together. Hard work, patience, energy and honesty – to the desired ideal” Nicolae Mircea, Founder of Caru’ cu bere, 1898
And now, I’ll let the official site of the restaurant do the talking, introducing themselves and after I’ll come with my personal review:
`Caru’ cu bere is definitely a symbol of Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, but the people who started this story came from beyond the Carpathian mountains, from Transylvania. In the year of 1879, on Calea Victoriei (The road of Victory) Street, there was a brewery name La Carul cu Bere (At the beer wagon), run by Ion Cabasanu. The origin of the brewery’s name is easy to guess, as the beer was brought to brewery by horse-drawn wagons.
In this brewery, Ion and Gheorghe Mircea, the nephews of the owner, were practicing the art of beer craftmanship. They also came to Bucharest from Transylvania, and later were joined by their younger brother, Nicolae Mircea. For several years, the three Mircea brothers ran several beer houses in the area of the Villacros Passage. Being more daring as his older brothers, Nicolae Mircea manages to see his dream come true in 1899 (with help from a bank credit): he starts the construction of the Caru’ cu bere building, the famous Bucharest restaurant as we know it today.`
Also, it is important to mention that today the building is classified as a Historical and Architectural Monument.
I have to admit that at first I didn’t have the slightest idea what it’s like this restaurant, what it symbolizes for the capital and so on. I just heard some friends of mine talking about going out and have dinner, and as I was speaking with them I told myself that I have nothing to lose, and accepted to go with them. Believe it or not, it was my first time in Bucharest, until then I’ve just passed through it to the airport and I was too little to remember something concrete. And yes, I may have relatives living there, but I just couldn’t find the time to travel there, but I made myself a promise to be back soon.
P.S. If one of my relatives are there reading this article, I’m sorry for not calling you but it was all in a complete rush, but as I promised myself, I’ll be back as soon as possible. Much love from Araad!!!
Consequently, my personal experience was amazing. The food and the drinks were at superlative, and also, we were lucky to catch a folk and tradional formation playing in that evening. So yeah, for my first dinner in the capital of Romania, I can say that it was better than imagined.