Caju by Joseph Hadad

Caju by Joseph Hadad

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Hours
Sun
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Mon
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Tue
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Wed
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Thu
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Fri
12:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sat
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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About
The concept of CAJU by Joseph Hadad brasserie is casual dining with affordable tasty dishes, which can pamper all your senses. It’s the place where Joseph brings to table the tastes of his childhood, with strong Mediterranean influences. The brasserie is located downtown, on a picturesque street (Nicolae Golescu 16), behind the Romanian Athenaeum, a symbol that represents one of the main attractions of the city. For more than 40 years, Joseph has dedicated most of his time to his greatest love – gastronomy. He has put all his passion and his decades of experience in the creation process of CAJU’s menu. It’s the place where he brings to table the tastes of his childhood, with strong Mediterranean influences. Chef Joseph Hadad likes to say that gastronomy is about feeling a sensation, about sacredly respecting what you eat, but also about enjoying the magic of every flavor.
PRICE RANGE
$20.00 – $40.00
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Healthy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
Top 3 reasons to eat here
Sponsored by: Caju by Joseph Hadad
1. Chef Joseph Hadad
"We found this restaurant to be clean and modern Mediterranean style."
5.0 of 5 bubbles329HowardG
2. Great
"The Moroccan bread is yummy."
5.0 of 5 bubbleschrisf536
3. Cozy terrace behind Atheneum
"The lunch was good, the music was nice and also the service."
5.0 of 5 bubblesCristina M
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles644 reviews
Excellent
316
Very good
139
Average
83
Poor
46
Terrible
60
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

GregorioIndelicato
Amsterdam478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 friends
Recommended by a local friend (always trust locals) we end up by Caju. The place is cozy, really welcoming, with a modern touch when it comes to forniture and the look and feel all over around. Water and wine to start with, then we share a Burrata dish, a salmon sashimi and an amazingly delicious tataki tuna tartare, together with some soft moroccan bread. The tuna tartare was so good that we had a second round as well. Main courses: grilled octopus (tasty and good) and a confit duck dish (👍👍 really good!). We end dinner with some cocktails, for a total bill of 500 ron (33€ each). So far the best place where we had dinner in Bucharest. No doubts about us coming back soon!
Written January 4, 2020
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Rosca T
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
Why people going to the Restaurant? I guess for food experience and atmosphere? Regrettably, none of them were found at the Caju. We booked a table to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary. At the door we were welcomed by an angry and distressed Hostess. We ordered a bottle of prosecco and two mains, I had a Sea Bream served with mashed aubergine, the flavours of these ingredients were not combinable and the lack of sauce left the plate a selection of ingredients not a dish. Making abstraction of food which someone may found absolutely delicious for their taste because we are all different and have our own palette, I was bothered by their attitude and lack of atmosphere. I have not finished my last glass of prosecco, yet when the Waiter brought us the bill without even asking if we want anything else or perhaps any desert, was a clear message “we have to leave”. We were treated like a number to the day’s grand total, there is no passion for hospitality and food just another Instagrammable restaurant.
Written October 5, 2020
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ROmanyeah
Houston74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 none
Excellent dishes on a terrace, boulevard draught beer, and lovely dessert spent with friends on a sunny weekend. The octopus and the duck were great, and the lamb chops exceeded expectations (and we came from the Emirates). Mille-feuille desert was spectacular, combining salt with sweet, and raspberries. Yummy! The bad after taste came from Romică, the waiter, who tried to stood us by adding a 10% gratuity tax on the check, even if it was only mandatory for parties above 10. Caught red-handed, he received his only 10% because of his knowledge and service prior the incident.
Written May 16, 2021
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Loris Batacchi
Bucharest20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
As already highlighted on other reviews, the food could be ok BUT the service is probably the wrongest in all Romania. All the tables are reserved but empty, the waiters are extremely rude and not polite, it seems that you have just to sit down and eat without say anything. I've tried to ask gently something, a waiter put his hands at 2 centimeters to my face and told me "shut up and wait", with a tone that a red khmer in comparison seems to be a saint. So, if you have a grain of self respect, avoid this place. Never, never more.
Written January 21, 2020
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Ionela T
Bucharest25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
They add tips to your bill without asking or informing you in any way. They basically force you to tip unless you ask for the money back but that is very awkward. They write tips are included on the menu but that implies tips are included in the price of the menu items. They do it on purpose. They should write that an extra charge will be added. Othewise food was decent but very small portions and very expensive.
Written August 1, 2021
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Noumea2015
Munich36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 business
I got this recommendation from a local friend, who told me the story of the famous TV chef, who owns this special restaurant in the heart of Bukarest. A ´must` be place. Whatever he said was undervaluing what I found. Defiantly the best place I have visited in Romania and on an international highest standard. Every dish was delicious. For Romanian standards higher priced, but defiantly worth every Euro. Just to look at the presentation made me hungry. International cuisine with fantastic wine recommendations,from the very friendly and trained staff. The chef even showed up in person and showed real interest in our opinion. I like places where you can feel this personal touch and interest of the owner. Who wants to get good service, highest class of food and good atmosphere, is right here!
Written December 2, 2020
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Umf
Bucharest6552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 friends
A bit crowded in a saturday afternoon, even we hadn't a reservation we found a table. Mint lemonade was good. Traditional mixed Jerusalem dish was very good, i recommend it. Sea bream fillet was dissapointing it didn't deserve the price. Serving was attentive. Parking places are easy to find near it. Prices are big overall. Food presentation very nice.
Written August 30, 2020
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Anca
Bucharest227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
I've dreamed and dreamed to come here and taste something, anything, to have moments of pleasure. I have a great admiration for Chef Hadad and today was the day to taste divine and artistic dishes. The location is simply wonderful, with a permanent oriental perfume, the furniture and all decorations simply embelishe everything. Our serving was without fault, with great humour, class and great care for details, all the go congratulations to Andrei. We chose the chef's speciality which couldn't be more exquisite. The fresh european bass was filletted before our eyes and was seasoned with a sauce, we chose two from four garnishes and we were offered Prosecco. All this magnificent concert of flavours, textures and colours was crowned by a great dessert of reinvented mille-feuille. My dream became faded by this wonderful reality. I couldn't be more grateful, a simply thank you it's not enough.
Written April 30, 2022
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Julia F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 family
The food is average,the prices too high for what they offer but what is terrible is the tall waiter’attitude at the end when I payed the bill and he was upset that I only left 5% tips.He told me aggressively that in that location they start the tips from 10%…I told him that this is what I think they deserve because the wood was not great,they brought us the order from another table and they missed up some people’s reservation and caused fuss. he told me very rude that if I want he can bring me back the 5%…He put us in a humiliating situation in front of the other people because he was not satisfied whit the percentage of the tips…In Romania the tips is not mandatory and never in my live I experienced this tipe of attitude in a restaurant.The manager should take attitude because is rude and disrespectful for the clients. I do not recommend at all.In Bucharest are many other restaurants with better food and better service.
Written July 8, 2023
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Simona B
Reading326 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 friends
It was my 2nd time at Caju and my first experience was so nice that I brought a friend of mine who lives abroad for a high end experience (or so I though). We arrived there at around 3:45 and it was just when the kitchen was closed for an hour. They explained that we will have to wait but there will be some apetizers available. That was ok and we were sat on the terrace, ordered the mini salads and some coffee, waiting for the kitchen to be open. The waiter forgot about us and when he started taking orders, we had to remind him that we wanted to order as well. Maybe it wouldn t have been an issue if the waiter didn t come to us and instead of taking our order or speaking to his colleague he started asking if we were aware that there is a maximum stay of 1.5h. To be honest i was struck by this then and there because the restaurant and terrace was full max 30% of its capaxity. I told him that his colleague said that we would have the table until 6 pm and it was 5:15pm. Long story short, he took out order, didn t ask if it was ok or anything like that and we left. We didn't feel welcome or that we eat at a high end restaurant like they probably want to be considered. Also, even if it would have been full, i don t understand the time limit. As long as I want to eat, it depends on how long it takes you to cook that and also how many courses i have. You can t put a time on that because let us not forget that IT'S NOT FREE OR IT'S NOT A ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET. I don t know if this pissed me off so much that even the risotto i ordered seemes too runny and not at all creamy, but experience wise, I think people should be trained in customer service. It's my last time there.
Written October 10, 2022
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Felixomana
Bucharest11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
The food was awesome. If you are looking for something different than what other restaurants have to offer, this is the place to go to. The appetizer was very good, and I really recommend the long bread that they bake themselves on the spot. We tried a pasta dish and a duck dish and they were both very tasty. Do give a try to the Tiramisu dessert as well. Last but not least, the staff was very nice. We will certainly go again!
Written January 25, 2020
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Andreea M.
Bucharest12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
The food we tried was amazing. The appetizers were absolutely delicious. As for the main course, I tried the beef with kataif which was really tasty and unique (also it came in a huge portion). The prices were reasonable and the staff was really nice. I will definitely come back. The cosy atmosphere brought everything together.
Written January 7, 2020
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adrian g
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
This is our normal go to place when we come to Bucharest. Food is nice and well presented and there is a buzz about the place. The menu was very limited as several items from the menu were not available. This time the service was also well below par - felt like staff prefer to talk to each other than focus on the customers. With a bit of training this can be easily fixed but it has dropped our enjoyment of the place and the experience.
Written April 15, 2022
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Mihai Preda
Bucharest57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
If you are looking for a nice cosy place and great food, Caju by Joseph Hadad is one of the best place to go. The food is mainly oriental, but you can also try some western dishes. Desserts are also great while the wine list contains some special ones. Since the place is small, you need to book in advance, especially for evenings. I don't know about other people's experience, but ours was great!
Written February 21, 2020
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Andrei V
39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 family
The food is good, we ate quite a lot of dishes. It's a crowded place and, since the location is rather small, it's a little too noisy. However, after we left we were very disappointed to see on the receipt that service was included, an unusual thing in Bucharest. Since we had quite a lot of dishes, it was not a small amount at all. Nobody from the staff bothered to tell us, there was no sign, or warning or something else.
Written January 26, 2020
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