In Bucharest’s bustling city centre, the Novotel is stimulating the taste buds of tourists and locals with the launch of their new vibrant restaurant, Winestone. As you settle back against the purple glow of the bar, the experience here is whatever you wish to make it. You can cosy up in the corner over a late night drink or sit tall with friends at the high bench tables sampling international and local Romanian wines. Instead, hungry for some local cuisine with an international twist, we gave way to temptation and opted for the restaurant.
The menu is a well-balanced mix of international, contemporary cuisines but with so much on offer, Marco, the assistant manager, suggests the ecologically sourced Norwegian salmon on sautéed spinach with orange sauce. The fish is succulent, the sauce divine. I savour every mouthful slowly for fear of ending this exquisite meal too soon. Winestone’s desserts equally impress. The chocolate fondant encircled in a sea of warm chocolate sauce admirably meets the standards of my chocolate-aficionado daughter, while every mouthful of my Romanian apple pie with honey caramel sauce explodes with a different flavour: cinnamon, walnut, sultanas and apples all vying for my attention. Coupled with exceptional service and a funky vibe, this restaurant is a very welcome addition to the food scene in Bucharest. Winestone is well worth experiencing.
Footnote: Why not wander across the lobby after your time in Winestone and treat yourself to a luxurious night in the Novotel. The rooms are spacious, the breakfasts are brilliant and there are numerous, nurturing spa treatments at your fingertips to help melt away your stress. It all makes for the perfect escape.