La Dud Morgan, 7 Sperantei Str. (Pta Rosetti area)
La dud (At the Mulberry Tree) has for many years been one of the most crowded spots on Bucharest’s open air, summer restaurant map. The main attraction is the huge, almost one hundred-year-old mulberry tree, with an enormous green crown that shades the entire surface of the open-air terrace, located at the intersection of two narrow streets in the Pta Rosetti area.
After more than half a year, the summer terrace/restaurant has reopened as a high-end venue, with new ownership, new design and a new menu. To outline the change, the new owners have added the name “Morgan” (as in Morgan Motor British company, since one of the owners is the proud owner of a vintage model which he keeps parked just in front of the entrance).
The heavy leafy roof and an intricate mist fan system already recommend the classy-looking terrace for the hot days and evenings of a Bucharest summer. Equally enjoyable is the upgraded menu based on international cuisine, which is divided in two chapters: lunch (12:00-16:00) and dinner (18:00-23:00), with most of the Romanian delicacies, from an excellent trout soup (RON 11) to “sarmale in foi de varza cu mamaliguta” (RON 25)
White turkey meat is the star ingredient, prepared in all formats, from soup to mushroom stew and schnitzel.
Several nice surprises like the Pleurotus mushroom soup (RON 11) and the Argentinean Rib Eye Steak (RON 49) are also on the menu. Make sure you order Morgan Lemonade, which comes with mint, lime and honey (RON 16), one of the best I’ve tried so far in Bucharest. In terms of prices, the restaurant is in the lower high-end area, with a three-course meal without wine costing around RON 75. The wine list is generous, with white, rose and red wines coming from the local Crama Basilescu – Eclipse. So is the bread, freshly prepared by a small neighborhood bakery. And, for the chilly evenings, a lavishly baroque interior restaurant, with comfy armchairs and sofas, and intimate booths, is ready to be discovered.