Two restaurants in Bucharest we’ve recently visited have catched our gourmet-jury’s eye. One of them is the kitchen of Samuel Le Torriellec with ‘copyright’ claim and the other Le Bistrot Français with the Maitre d ‘Hotel Catalin Grancea and its selection of fine wines and exquisite menus.
Le Bistrot Français
Le Bistrot Français combines a blend of French and Romanian dining culture, visitors will find fascinating dishes, innovative and unique in relation to the restaurant scene in Bucharest. Chefs Sorin Miftode and Sebastian Gravé have combined their individual talents to create their dishes in a stylish 19th-century villa in the center of Bucharest. The restaurant is a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2017 (Relais & Châteaux is an association of luxury hotels and restaurants).
A mix of innovation, tradition and perfection, two worlds mixed in one
Old mural paintings adorn the walls, finely carved wood paneling, chandeliers and parquet and a large grand piano take visitors back to a time of ancient Central Europe. The kitchen on the other hand reflects the modern opposite and relies on the best French and Romanian products. The two chefs attach great importance to a perfect flavor explosion: Breton lobster and Bresse chicken are creatively combined with black truffle from Transylvania or delicious Mangalitza pork. You can enjoy lamb shoulder with smoked aubergine puree cooked at a low temperature and a warm Coco-de-Paimpol salad, accompanied by the best wines of France and Romania. Menu prices are moderate in relation to comparable European cities.
Located in the heart of Bucharest, Le Bistrot Français is 4 km from Gala de Nord Bucuresti Train Station and 17 km from Bucharest Airport. The restaurant is perfectly air conditioned and therefore recommendable on hot summer days. The guests of the villa also enjoy wifi connection. The restaurant accepts all major credit cards.
Next Relais & Châteaux places:
- Epoque Hotel – Hotel + L’Atelier Restaurant 1 km
- Restaurant ANDRé, Sofia – 295.7 km
- Zornitza Familiy Estate Hotel + Restaurant 396.3 km
L’Atelier – L’Art Culinaire Relais & Châteaux
“L’Atelier – l’art culinaire” is a gourmet restaurant located in the Epoque Hotel – Relais & Chateaux, with a unique French head cook in a setting of special charm. The French chef Samuel Le Torriellec offers a rich and lively cuisine “d’auteur” created for pure palate enjoyment. The restaurant is a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2018 (Relais & Châteaux is an association of luxury hotels and restaurants).
There is a place where art meets the inspiration of the great gourmet extravaganza. We called this place a studio of culinary art
Samuel Le Torriellec, Chef L’Atelier, Bucharest
The stylish and warm interior will seduce you to linger. Even a business lunch becomes an event and a romantic dinner can be arranged on the open terrace or in the restaurant with a panoramic view of the Cişmigiu green park. An evening at the L’Atelier quick changes into an event for gourmets and the occasion for a special experience.
The menu at L’Atelier aims to appeal to all the senses. It is an explosion of the delicious flavors of French cuisine, conducted by master chef Samuel Le Torriellec. He takes cooking to another level of art and transforms traditional recipes into refined dishes with surprising nuances.
L’Atelier has a cozy seating area of 30 seats plus a light-filled winter garden with 30 seats. The restaurant fits perfect for private parties, theme events or intimate dinner parties. Guests of the L’Atelier enjoy free Wifi access. All major credit cards are accepted.
L’Atelier-l’art culinaire is located in the heart of Bucharest, L’Atelier is 2 km from Bucharest Central Station and 16 km from Bucharest Henri-Coandă Airport.
Unfortunately, the city of Bucharest is not an address for a short visit. But it’s worth a visit for weekend or a week in between. In addition to the two restaurants written in this article, Bucharest has a vibrant cultural scene with many exciting events and venues.
Bernd Schray, Tanja Steinbuch