I had dinner here last night and was confused before my family and I approached the building. When you come into the shopping plaza from Hwy 434, the side of the building indicates that there's a pool hall which is having it's new opening. When I pulled up, there were quite a few bikers outside the sign, sitting at tables having beer and smoking, so I was a bit concerned bringing my kids in. When you turn the corner, you find Romansa, sort of.
The entrance into the pool hall and Romansa are the same because they are the same establishment. You can smell the smoke from the pool hall as you come in, but when you go into the dining side, the smoke odor goes away.
The decor on the Romansa side is confusing too. It's a nice mixture of beiges and browns with cute cafe signage around the place, working hard to create an intimate setting but there is a huge bar in the middle of the restaurant, complete with giant TV's. While we were there, the sound system was blaring Led Zepplin and I'm a Led Zepplin fan, but I didn't think it lent itself to the environment.
We ordered from the menu and was a bit concerned about the amount of time from the kitchen to the table. We had to be out in an hour and some of the other reviewers commented about the service, so I asked for the food as soon as it was ready and it came out fast; no worries there.
I started with the lentil soup, which was very well done. Lots of lentils and potatoes. Excellent flavor. Would definitely order again. Next came the entrees. My daughter had the fettuccine Alfredo which she liked very much and had a pleasant presentation. Her friend had spaghetti and meatballs, which came with two monstrous meatballs and was tasty as well. I ordered the goulash. This was unlike any goulash I've ever had and was excellent. My plate was piled high with tender chunks of highly peppered beef atop of a bed of home made mashed potatoes, all covered in broth, not sauce. The flavor was similar to Italian beef or pepper steak. The server told me the style was Serbian / Croatian goulash, not Hungarian or Polish style. Either way, this was the best thing we tried.
There are Groupons available for you to try Romansa at a reduced rate for the first time out. The portions are substantial, although a la carte. They have live music and activities a few nights a week. We'd come back for the food, but honestly, it's not a romantic place to eat. It's more of an upscale local pub that serves very good food. And if you like food, you won't be disappointed.