There are few places I like, but I rarely get there, I don't know why. Lacrimi și Sfinți is one of them. First time I ate Wonderful Meatballs from their menu it was truly a lyrical experience. I went to the restaurant again, recently, on Diana's birthday. Diana is our friend who lives in The Hague. And when I say ours, I mean my group of 13 girls. We rarely manage to gather all at once, at the same table. Unfortunately, I can't present everyone, because I'd talk more about people and less about food. But I really have to mention Luiza, because she is a real foodie and passionate about cooking - fatty Romanian food, especially. Luiza can fry a country side piece of pork neck or leg in such way that it changes your views on food. For Romanian dishes with the real country side taste, we came to Mircea Dinescu's restaurant.
Lacrimi și Sfinți is indeed a hipster place, which combines traditional elements with contemporary design. On the walls, for example, there are Lego animals and red pot lids.
They gave us a table in the middle of the restaurant, so we felt like we were attending a wedding. We even had a local band. The menu is full of funny food names. So we ordered Universitarian Scraps, Wonderful Meatballs, “Bring me another one" Salad, Forget-me-not cabbage rolls, Manners Brigade, Ram pastrami, Tuned Sausages, fries and others.
Luiza suggested we start with Universitarian Scraps (30 lei), because she had them before and said they were extraordinary. I was the first one to agree, because I like scraps. But these ones were made out of goose and duck and they were served warm. I didn't exactly like them. Maybe because they had the skin on, and I'm the type who of person that removes it. I had a few bites, they were tasty, but didn't resemble the scraps I know, and they seemed waaaay too expensive. They would've worked better as a starter on the house.
"There are a few places I like, but I rarely get there, I don't know why. Lacrimi și Sfinți is one of them."
I got this time also Wonderful Meatballs (26 lei). If you get there for the first time, this is what you should order. And with a side of mashed potatoes. The meatballs are made with sirloin and pork neck, basil and coriander. I'm telling you, they are wonderful! If you don't want meat that day, get the vegetarian variant: Pious Meatballs (23 lei). They are made with zucchini, cabbage and onion, but they have the consistency of real meatballs. I don't know how they make them, but they do them well.
What surprised me in a pleasant way, and I didn't expect, was the "Bring me another one" Salad (18 lei), with lentil, avocado, roasted peppers and onion. I never tasted anything this good! And it’s not salad level good, it’s really good and that's that. I want you to think of how all ingredients borrow the roasted pepper's flavor. Mmm. Otherwise, I had a taste from everything, though I wasn't insisting on it, because I was pretty decide. But the girls were pushing me to taste all dishes. So I can guarantee for the Ram pastrami (39 lei), which was very tender, and for the Forget-me-not cabbage rolls (56 lei). The cabbage rolls have 550g so they quickly turn into two portions. I also liked the Tuned Sausages which come in a small pan with roasted cabbage. Luiza got the "Vice Squad", meaning, hold on tight, veal sweetbread, short fries aka turkey testes and the “butcher’s secret cut”. I didn't try that dish, so I can't say much about it, besides the fact that Luiza was pleased with it.
"Luiza got the Vice Squad, meaning, hold on tight, veal sweetbread, short fries aka turkey testes and the butcher’s secret cut."
We all agreed that the food was good, but a little too fatty. But it feels like it's meant to be that way. Meaning that you go there when you know that’s what you want. I like it, but maybe because I also have a soft spot for Dinescu and Cetate. At Cetate I spent my childhood, on the shore of the Danube. Dinescu came later. I think that all ingredients from the country side are brought from there. Same goes for wines. I forgot to tell you that the wines are really great. From all 13 of us, none woke up with a hangover the next day. Well, Luiza claims that “before", however long ago that was, the wines were better.
"We all agreed that the food was good, but a little too fatty."
Between a cabbage roll and a sausage, I looked around at other tables. I showed Mimi a him and a her and I told her that they are probably foreigners. And Mimi said that if they were Romanian, we would've probably known them. Hahaha.
I'm looking forward to the next meatballs!