We try Romanian food at Ambient restaurant in Windmill Street, Gravesend


A new cafe opened its door at the conclude of last 12 months serving up classic Romanian cuisine to the people of North Kent.

But what is standard Romanian food? I was eager to discover out so popped into Ambient in Gravesend with my close friend and ordered anything I could.

Corina and Vasile Conduraru have opened the restaurant in Windmill Street, Gravesend
Corina and Vasile Conduraru have opened the restaurant in Windmill Road, Gravesend
Inside the restaurant is inspired by Bucharest with a modern twist
Inside the restaurant is inspired by Bucharest with a modern twist
Reporter Alex Langridge tried out the Romanian restaurant
Reporter Alex Langridge tried using out the Romanian cafe

When you initial walk in you are satisfied with the cold breeze of a strong air-conditioning device – a saviour if you are consuming in a heatwave, which I was – and some refined track record new music.

The restaurant itself has been embellished to resemble eateries in Bucharest, Romania where house owners Vasile and Corina Conduraru are initially from.

Mr Conduraru spelled out that in Bucharest, dining places have a Victorian style about them and are fitted with wooden tables and chairs. He made a decision to convey this to Ambient but in a fashionable twist which can be found from the hand-painted walls and preferred gray and velvet decor.

Now onto the whole level of this assessment, the food items.

The cafe in Windmill Road serves close to 90% Romanian food stuff but also has a site of non-japanese European cuisine such as pastas, seafood and fish.

As it was a 7 days evening and I was driving I opted for a coke but there is a vast range of gentle and alcoholic beverages such as cocktails which I have read from a believe in-deserving supply are enormous – maybe following time.

The cold traditional countryside platter was enough to share
The cold common countryside platter was more than enough to share
My main of stuffed cabbage rolls with polenta and sour cream was really good
My major of stuffed cabbage rolls with polenta and bitter cream was really great

To start off we ordered a chilly common countryside platter to share. It came out on a wooden board with a lot of picky bits like pork scratchings, meatballs, ham, cheese, aubergine salad, olives, greens and bread.

Even though, it was pleasant and more than enough food items for a mild starter for two men and women, it was not everything extremely fascinating or out of this world so I would not order once again.

We then ordered mains and some side dishes. I attempted the stuffed cabbage rolls with mince meat and rice. It was served with polenta – boiled cornmeal – sour cream and a chilli pepper.

I had hardly ever had polenta right before and I wasn’t the major enthusiast of the texture and most likely would have preferred some chips but the cabbage rolls had been amazing.

They have been protected in a ragu-fashion sauce and the meat was wrapped in the cabbage thinly. It wasn’t crunchy as I had imagined but smooth and you acquired rather a handful of. Absolutely value seeking.

I then went for a side of Romanian potatoes which were lined in parts of bacon and tomato sauce and all over again, this was very nice.

The portion of Romanian potatoes was rather large for a side dish
The portion of Romanian potatoes was relatively substantial for a facet dish
Traditional mince meat rolls came with a side of mustard
Common mince meat rolls arrived with a facet of mustard

My pal purchased rooster skewers and chips and reported it was fantastic and the presentation was pleasurable. She also experienced two regular meat rolls which I was not the most significant lover of but she appeared to like.

We experienced absent a minimal more than-board so there was lots to choose residence which our waiter right away requested if we wanted to do without the need of us inquiring.

Although we had been experience quite full from all the foodstuff we could not depart with out hoping the Romanian cheese doughnuts something we ended up both doubtful of.

We experienced one particular to share which was a great deal right after all the other dishes. I was anticipating it to be stuffed with melted cheese like a jam doughnut or a stuffed crust on a pizza but it wasn’t.

The inside of was just like any other doughnut, gentle and fluffy, and just after some research I identified out the dough is built using a delicate cheese and you can’t even style it.

They were smothered in bitter product and blueberry jam, a weird blend which astonishingly labored and put together to make a creamy, fruity sauce.

The skewers were hung above a plate of chips
The skewers were being hung earlier mentioned a plate of chips
The doughnuts were amazing
The doughnuts ended up remarkable

I was taken again by how great these had been and would occur again just for them. They are a staple Romanian dish and well worthy of offering a go even if you are a little bit apprehensive.

So what is my verdict on Romanian meals? Although not all of it is for my style buds, plenty of it is and there are items I under no circumstances would have experienced normally.

The array of meals is substantial and has some thing for everyone even if you never want to try the Eastern-European delicacies. I would certainly recommend it to any individual on the lookout for a thing a bit different.


Out of five:

Food items: Turns out I am a huge enthusiast of Romanian food stuff even if some of it is not to my liking. ****

Consume: I only had a coke but there is a huge vary of different delicate and alcoholic alternatives. ****

Decor: The inside of of the cafe is diverse but comfortable and they have air-con which was a saviour in the heatwave. *****

Employees: Every person was incredibly welcoming and was joyful to respond to our thoughts on the food items and menu. *****

Cost: £60 for a three-class food for two isn’t undesirable in my eyes and anything was fairly priced. ****