I’ve been reading articles lately that praise Maize. I saw that their promise is From farm to table, I flipped through their online menu and I decided to go. I got there on a weekend, at noon, with Vlad and Alina, the same friend looking for new places to eat. Like me. I was so anxious, that I got there almost starving, wanting to taste as much as I can from their menu
Maize is in the Dorobanti area, behind a courtyard, at the last floor. I appreciated the fact that they tried to recreate the farm feeling by adding some wooden beams on the ceiling. The place looks very good, but not exactly my crowd, this is what I felt as I stepped through the door. The music is ok.
“A nice waiter lead us to our table and offered us the menus. I knew what I wanted for the last 2 weeks hahaha. But I looked through the menu again.”
A nice waiter lead us to our table and offered us the menus. I knew what I wanted for the last 2 weeks hahaha. But I looked through the menu again. I had my eyes on the Romanian burger (45 lei), which is a langos filled with beef meat, smoked cascavea from Doftana Valley, sautéed cabbage and mustard sauce. Mmm-mm!
Bonus points for mentioning the source of the ingredients on the menu. For example, the meat is from Tataran Farm, Silver Knife Butchery or Campulung Muscel and the Romanian camembert is from Preotescu.
“Bonus points for mentioning the source of the ingredients on the menu.”
Vlad got Mangalica pork striploin snitzel fried in clarified butter (85 lei) and Alina ordered the baked white roots risotto with Romanian camembert (35 lei).
Aaaand the winning dish waaaaas… the snitzel! By far. Nothing let me down, but I couldn’t help but comparing it with Kane, having the same concept. Kane swept me off my feet so hard, that is kind of difficult to raise to the same level.
The Romanian burger was good and interesting. I can’t tell what was missing so that it would have been perfect. It felt like some flavors were just missing. And the risotto wasn’t spectacular. I forgot to mention that we received on the house sourdough pita bread with roe, which was delicious! Nom nom nom.
“I’ll go and eat a couple of dishes I have my eyes on already.”
It was nice that our table was right near the open kitchen, so I could watch the chefs in action. Like at Mà Bistro, I don’t think the open space kitchen was such a good idea in terms of smell. Even though it looks good like this and you like being close to the chefs.
Vlad smoked a few cigarettes on the terrace and his comment was that the balcony door is a design fail. Because it doesn’t have an outside handle. I explained to him that it doesn’t have a handle because they don’t want burglars getting in. Hahaha.
Overall I liked Maize. Vlad and Alina were more pleased than me. But this is how I am, harder to impress. I’ll go and eat a couple of dishes I have my eyes on already. And maybe next time I won’t compare Maize with Kane.