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“Great modern cuisine”
Review of VIA Restaurant

VIA Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 380 Restaurants in Cluj-Napoca
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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179 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great modern cuisine”
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Very nice ambiance and decor. Full view on the kitchen, with young dynamic staff.
Service a bit slow, and prosecco a tad too warm...
The salmon tartar is divine, and the shrimp with leek stuffed squid is visual and delicious, especially the reduction that accompanied it. Ingredients are fresh, and cooked accordingly.
Eclipse 2011 - crama basiliescu - simply perfect match.
Even the ice-cubes are correct- no air, perfect shape, and not icebergs.
The foie-gras was perfectly pan fried and seasoned, leaving it soft on the inside, and crisp outside, accompanied with a balanced and matching quince jam. As for the filet minion with shrimp and sabayon sauce, was simply a delight! The meat and shrimp perfectly cooked, on a bed of tarragon with a spoon of calvados onion confit, and the sabayon fluffy and full flavoured. Gastronomic orgasm....
For a fan of creme brulée, I must say it was refreshing to taste a home made, authentic style one. Mmmmh!
Oh, and for a very reasonable price!

  • Visited July 2013
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“FB Via”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Quality food, nice place, good drinks, beautifull setting.
We've been outdoor on a nice terrace
I eat duck: very good but not the best ever...

  • Visited May 2013
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Vinaros
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Outstanding food”
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

So impressed on our first visit we returned 2 nights later. Excellent food, excellent service and good atmosphere

  • Visited June 2013
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fancy touch !”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Went here with a friend that just adores the place. From the menu I've got the impression that this was really nice stuff. Ordered MANGALICA CENTER LOIN served with red lentil purée and bulgur salad. First a bite if the meat... amazing taste; meaty, butterish and a touch of juniper, nice! But then it was actually a bit chewy due to a small string of connective tissue in the middle of the file. Maybe I was just unlucky. The purée and salad looked very fancy, but lacked the same advanced taste as the meat and to my disappointment the purée seemed more likely to be made from parsnip then from lentils. The restaurant is looking really classy with nice extras as folded one use real towels in bathrooms. There is a small garden too which makes a perfect place to spend a warm evening.

Visited June 2013
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in town”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

VIA Restaurant has delightful food, a good wine list and it is one of the few restaurant I know of in Cluj that has a real non-smoking section (different room). I'm there about every 2nd week with private or business guests. Everything on the menu is delicious and I have never had bad experiences with over-or undercooked meat. They are flexible on changing side dishes and even keep cooking a dish for us that is no longer on the menu (provided my Romanian friend is with me and can explain in Romanian :-) Try "VIA lemonade" listed under non-alcoholic cocktails, it's amazing.

The ambience is more classic and more quiet than Baracca (2nd best restaurant in town). They have a really nice terrace in the summer. Make sure to make reservations no matter what day of the week.

Only drawback: the service can be really slow. Don't go when you're really hungry, had a long hard day and want to get a business dinner over with in 2 hours or less, or with larger groups. For 2-6 people, romantic dinner, impressing someone with great food - perfect.

  • Visited May 2013
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