Bucharest having recovered from its traumatic past, having left quite a legacy of opulence and some delicious culinary secrets. Spent the weekend eating and lunching at ... Casa Vernescu ... serves delicious Romanesc dishes in elegant surroundings. The local cuisine is its highlight for example the fresh black sturgeon called Nisetru La Gratar. Bursting with atmosphere is the restaurant called Carul cu Bere where recipes dating back to the lates 1870s are served. The beers are brewed on premises. The French Thai venue called The Balthazar is the trendiest to date. Casa Doina specialises in exemplary Romanian cuisine ... and the specialty here is the melted cheese called Cascaval Pane. The Papanasi, a doughnut sort of sweet is filled with spicy homemade fruit preserves. It is the under discovered of all of Europe ... The hidden cafes and herbal botanical shops are fascinating.