I discovered Urbanesc more by chance, as I was going to my yogilates class which happens to take place in their mansard. I had an extra 40 minutes before the class, and I had to spend it somewhere, so it seemed appropriate. It turned out to be a nice discovery, and a relaxed stay. On my next occasion, I also took my husband to try out their food.
I often get puzzled when restaurant menus are too big – faced with so many options, I suddenly don’t know what to choose anymore. Urbanesc solved this problem for me – a small menu, diverse enough, which fits on a single piece of paper, on both sides. Quite minimalistic, I liked it.
Seeing the menu was the second positive feeling – I had the first one when entering the restaurant, located in an old villa on the corner of the Mantuleasa street. It was almost empty both times I went there, more people were on the small terrace/inside yard.
Much to my joy, not only it was very quiet, it is also a completely non-smoking restaurant, such a rare sight in Bucharest. The interior design is simple, with some nice touches – large pictures/paintings of urban scenes, simple wooden furniture.
But back to the food – the first time I ordered the salmon with mashed peas. It was quite delicious, and the price was average, compared to what salmon can sometimes go for in fancy restaurants in certain areas of Bucharest. Other things tempted me on the menu, like the duck with zucchini, the spinach and feta packs, but I went with fish that day.
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