Zaitoone Bucharest by placescases.com

Zaitoone Lebanese restaurant with NO lake view, Bucharest, Romania

Zaitoon  rating by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 3.4 out of 5


May 2023

Seen           3 сърца 129x20 

Felt             4 сърца 129x20  

Heard         3 сърца 129x20

Smelled      3 сърца 129x20

Tasted         4 сърца 129x20


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My idea was to have dinner with a view of Lake Floresca. There were comments about Zaitoone that it was a restaurant with a view. I made a reservation through the chat that opens when you enter the restaurant’s website. Admirations for the quick response and this modern way of communication. I asked for a table with a view to the lake, I was told that everything next to the windows was booked. And that was it. But, I was expecting at least some sight, read on what I got.

 See Zaitoone

… When we arrived, we saw that there is no view of the lake because there are trees and it is quite far from the restaurant;

… Otherwise, the interior reminds me of the one of a famous chain of restaurants in Bulgaria- Burata, Sasa and Happy;

… A very large menu with Lebanese cuisine. Everything you expect from this cuisine is there

Feel Zaitoone

… When we arrived, a female employee who did not smile or greet at all asked if we had a reservation and took us to a table. For the rest of the evening, this woman did not smile. There could be Botox in the face and that could be the cause. I do not know.

… We had a hard time getting our waitress to order something – she was coming in our direction, but paying much more attention to the table next to us, and our gestures and timid attempts to get her attention were comfortably unnoticed;

… When we asked the waitress if there was anise flavour in the arak, she didn’t know how anise is in English at all. We arrived at the answer by trial and error.

Arak is an Arabic brandy-like spirit with anise flavour, it reminds yeni raki from Turkey and Tziporo from Greece.

Hear Zaitoone

Online radio, the music was the most diverse, not selected by any criteria – no style, no years, nothing.

Movie watching time: 1:31 min.

Smell Zaitoone

… The chicken smelled of the classic marinades for Arabic cuisine and was delicious;

… Anise in the Lebanese Arak brandy.

… Hookahs are everywhere in Bucharest, and here we did not miss their heavy smell. However, cigarettes are also smoked inside. From here, 2 hearts immediately fall.

Taste Zaitoone

… The food was tasty but not exceptional;

… Nice, very smooth-textured hummus;

… The Baba ganoush meal was not bad, but tastier can be had in most oriental restaurants;

… The traditional bread is delicious and you must order it if you get a spread.

I wouldn’t go to Zaitoone again – it’s far from the center, not that special. I would choose someone else with a real view of the lake if I visit Bucharest again.

How to get to Zaitoone?

Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

A: Str. Nicolae G. Caramfil, București 014261, Romania

T: +40737299900

Opening hours: 12-24ч

How to get to Caru’ cu Bere?

Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

44.43201891482857, 26.09812081673191

A: Strada Stavropoleos 5, București 030081, Romania

T: +40726282373

Opening hours 9ч – 24ч

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