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Strada Pictor Barbu Iscovescu 19, Bucharest, Romania

Raw and vegan cooked food. Previously at Strada Leonida, Nr 11. Offers raw meals, pasta, soups, salads, juices and desserts. Vegan except honey. Previously located at Emanoil Porumbaru 9, Apr 2016. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Raw, Western, Beer/Wine

Reviews (10)

First Review by Laudi

Okay - Edit

We went there for lunch and I had fried polenta sticks with spinach which was sort of okay. My friend had the cabbage salad which was good average. So we were a bit disappointed, especially as some of the raw options were not available that day. Nevertheless the beetroot juice was amazing!
The location is down in the basement and we could not sit outside as there was only one waiter.

I also pointed out that honey is not vegan but the guy said it is organic honey....

Pros: Fresh juices

Cons: Interior

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Amazing find - Edit

This place is a little gem. It is located on a side street 5 minutes walk from the Aviatorilor Metro station. It was pretty quiet when I went (Wednesday evening). The menu is vegan, except for honey which they use mainly in their smoothies, with a fair selection of raw dishes. I ordered the mushroom soup (waiter's recommendation) and fluffy vegan omelette with a goji juice (without honey). The soup was truly the best I have ever tasted, a creamy texture with a lovely rich mushroom flavour. The vegan omelette was made from tofu and is dish I often make at home. Barca's version was outstanding. The waiter recommended a dessert that I didn't catch the name of but was a basically a vegan mousse made from almonds with a delicious coconut sugar syrup - superb! Barca's menu is vast and I plan to work my way through it during my time in Bucharest.

I am forever grateful to Happy Cow for connecting me to places as special as Barca as I would never have found it otherwise.

Pros: Amazing menu, Convenient location, Very good value

Cons: No need to use honey!

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a beacon of light in the skies of Bucharest - Edit

Has a 21 years vegan i'm always in staress why i go abroad , it took me some time to get the hang of romania and i strugling , however the moment i went in the Barca i was trhown back to Tel Aviv , the Food is great , i was suppriesd from the veraity of option in the menu , i took the "Egg paste"that was from cashew , it was great , also add the amazing Raw pizza , what a great interpetion for a pizza , a must have
the services was amazing and calm ... be patient the food is fresh and it takes time

Pros: Great Food, Variety, Service

Cons: Price - altough i understand the price , the raw m

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owners are part of an ultra-nationalist group!! - Edit

There are yet no *real* vegan restaurant or eateries in Bucharest. they are either vegetarian (promoting healthy food with a spiritual twist - see Satya), either raw vegan (again, health being their focus). So nothing about animal rights yet...

But anyway, as a vegan residing Bucharest, I have to deal with this and occasionally visit these vegetarian and raw vegan places. Barca was, until a certain point, my favourite place, since the food and prices (considering that raw veganism is more of a pretext to overcharge in the name of "healthy-living") were very reasonable. But then, some piece of news simply made me never return again...

Yet, in this review I won"t talk about the food. But about the owners - one of them being the president of the ultra-orthodox christian foundation - "Arsenie Boca".

Because yes, if you will pay more attention when visiting Barca, you will notice discrete orthodox icons pertaining to the christian eastern-orthodox cult. Not to mention, that in the media, the restaurant is advertised as "the first christian vegetarian restaurant in Romania".

Now, the same Arsenie Boca foudation is a spearhead of nationalism and ultra-conservatory values ( INVOLVED IN ANTI-ABORTION and HOMOPHOBIC campaigns in Romania.
See missions here

So, sorry, Barca, but you're not getting more money for your campaigns from me!
Updated from previous review on Sunday June 30, 2013

Pros: decent food, good prices

Cons: owners' s hateful campaigns, anti-abortion, anti-choice, christian icons on the walls

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Ok food, staff might try to overcharge - Edit

The food was ok although the waiter who was dressed in a suit (not sure whether a manager or owner?) appeared to speak no English although he appeared to understand English as I ordered in English, but also pointed to the items I wanted. The menu in the restaurant is only in Romanian (I had previously looked at the menu online with google translate). I ordered a pumpkin soup, rice with vegetables and mushrooms, and ginger lemonade. All were very ordinary and it didn't seem like my lemonade had any ginger. After eating, I was going to toilet and the waiter thought I wanted the bill and told me in Romanian I believe treizeci which I thought meant thirty, but wanted to be sure so I asked him again and he showed me on the calculator and it was forty. So I paid him forty and also left five lei for a tip. I didn't get a bill or anything which I found strange and I thought a bit more and when I returned to the table, I looked at the menu, because forty seemed high and it was supposed to be thirty. So I went and asked for my ten lei; the guy apologized, but I think he did it on purpose, because he didn't give me the bill just verbally told me the amount so I couldn't check the bill for any mistakes.

I can't recommend this restaurant given the very average food and the dishonest guy in a suit who was the waiter.
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 09, 2014

Cons: may attempt to overcharge, very average food

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Raw-bore - Edit

Everything was raw-vegan, and there was a good selection of different salads, cakes and drinks. However, it's pricey compared to the cost of food and eating out here, and we do not think that the standard of food (we expected the deliciousness spoken of in other reviews on happycow) lived up to our hopes. The portions were also quite small.
Do go in for the lemonade with mint and ginger though, or head there with the mindset to splurge on the inventive raw-vegan sushi or Barca-rolls, which are much better than their quite average salads. If you want something particularly good you will need to spend at least E20 a person.

Pros: Good service, Outdoor seating , Selection

Cons: Expensive, Nothing too spectacular or inventive

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nice raw food - Edit

Very good raw food restaurant, with ingenious recipes. Excellent desserts made out of cashew "cheese". Only drawback: not technically vegan (use honey as sweetener).

Pros: healthy, tasty, friendly staff

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Delicious! - Edit

The food was so tasty, I would love to eat here every day. The "sushi" is excellent, the chocolate cake I will never forget! The restaurant itself is beautiful and the place is quiet.

Pros: excellent food, healthy, friendly staff

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finaly place for me :) - Edit

Barca was the first Bucarest place listed at the Happy Cow that I found existing, after dozen others came out to be closed.
Deliciuos food. Not cheap, but prices corespond with quality.
Has vitarian food only and little shop with raw ingredients.
Place is very nice and quiet. You can eat outside not being disturbed by traffic noise.
Stuff was very nice and it was plaesure to visit.

Pros: excelent food, nice staff, quiet

Cons: prices, not opened in morning

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Very Tasty - Edit

The quality of the food is excellent and everything we tried was very tasty. They use honey for most of the deserts though. The ones without honey which we had were abolutely delicious.

Pros: Friendly and helpful staff, Quality food, Great variety

Cons: Honey, Place is not easy to find

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