Marisel is some 60 km from Cluj-Napoca. The road winds through a popular area of lakeside retreats owned by prosperous Clujeans, rises through the forest into the mountains and eventually becomes an unpaved track. On our visit (December 2013), Marisel had a Swiss village feel to it - rolling green fields, patches of snow (it had been a "global warming" winter"), wooden chalets, pine and fir forests. Downsides: potholes, stray dogs, lots of new (and unfinished) concrete construction. Cabana Motilor is, however, a welcome stop for food and refreshment. Wonder of wonders (for Romania) ... it's non-smoking ... and (another wonder) the customers respect the non-smoking rule. Great views from the dining room. The restaurant is small, with just five tables, but simply and pleasantly furnished. The menu is simple, mainly traditional dishes, but you can ask for items that you don't see on the menu. Service is prompt and courteous. Prices are geared to the Romanian market, in other words, reasonable by European standards. The food is honest home cooking, no pretensions. Arriving in the early afternoon, we had fried eggs with potatoes au gratin, an order of mamaliga (cornmeal) with cheese and sour cream, a herbal tea, a beer and a coffee, which came in total to about RON 35 (USD 10). To take home, we also bought their home-made blueberry jam, blueberry liqueur, zacusca (a sort of vegetable puree) and pine syrup. We would gladly visit again.
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