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Grill House Club, 31 August 1989 Street, Chisinau (Moldova)

Chicken liver and quail eggs on toast

Chicken liver and quail eggs on toast

Grilled Bull's Ballls

Grilled Bull's Ballls

Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Vegetables

Ribs with sesame

Ribs with sesame

Grill House Club is difficult to actually enter. The door is locked and until you figure out that you need to ring the tiny bell to get someone to open the door takes a bit of ingenouity. My appetizer were quail eggs with liver on toast, surprisingly quite a nice dish, only the toast was off. The next menu was a real howler, the menu had it listed as Grilled Bull’s Balls and I just couldn’t resist. I decided on giving my already naturally high testosterone level an even higher boost. Tyler Hamilton should have used this argument to explain his hormone levels which led him to lose his Tour de France win. The taste was interesting a sort of creamy chicken taste and the texture comparable to kidney. Surprisingly the potato strings which went along with the balls were excellent. Actually a hint of french fine dining in Chisinau. My rib with sesame and grilled vegetable wasn’t good, it was lacking taste and was overcooked, I should have gone for the steaks. My colleagures were ecstatic about theirs. Prices were off the hook for Chisinau, absolutely comparable to Switzerland. Coming back to high testosterone levels, not sure if that’s the case with every professional football player who just happens to be lounging in the Leo Grand hotel bar…

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Green Hills Cafe, Bd Stefan cel Mare, Chisinau (Moldova)

Zama (Chicken Soup)

Zama (Chicken Soup)

Beef Noyal with Brinza

Beef Noyal with Brinza

After a hard night of clubbing in Chisinau behind us we needed some breakfast and even though it’s hard to believe clubbing in Chisinau is great. Club Drive is a must visit, seldomly have I seen a cooler place. The other attractions are left to the readers mind… Anyway we sat down in this streetside cafe and decided that Zema, the classic Moldovan chicken soup with noodles was a good idea. Nice broth, the noodles a bit overdone but this national staple is great to cure a hangover and please you palate. My main was Beef Noyal . Beef Noyal are beef roulades filled with the national cheese called brinza. The accompaning corn is a national side dish which is typically found in every restaurant in the nation. I wasn’t a big of the cheese but this surely is a dish I could recommend to anyone. Prices were roughly 25 CHF for lunch with two drinks and an espresso per person, which is over the top for Chisina.

Vila Vechi, Str Mihai Eminescu, Chisina (Moldava)

Salted Sturgeon with lemon and olive oil

Salted Sturgeon with lemon and olive oil

Fresh vegetables

Fresh vegetables

Rabbit Vila Vechi

Rabbit Vila Vechi

Mystery meat served on potatoes

Mystery meat served on potatoes

Chisinau is the capital of Moldova and as such an interesting place to dine. Being the poorest country in Europe, the amount of Bentleys and AMG tuned Mercedes, which roam the streets is surprising. We tried to get a table at La Taifa and a steakhouse but they were all full on a Friday night. We landed at Vila Vechi, the interior look like a cross between a high school gym and a dining room at a nursing room. Judging from the equipment it probably is very popular for marriages and other functions. Looking at the menu, the bottle of Moldovian Cricova sparkling wine, sells for 9 CHF so we decided we needed one to help us make up our mind. The menu was absolutely huge, about 20 pages full of food. The quality of the food was horrible, even if you lower your standards the food just doesn’t deliver against any basic cooking skills. There’s no balance of flavours, the signature dish Rabbit Vile Vechi, was completely overcooked and the bread was just as bad as in the United States. The positive thing here is that Moldova is well known for its wines which is one of their biggest exports. Having no clue we took the simple approach of going for the most expensive bottle on the menu and were surprised by the wine, it was above drinkable, strongly towards good and at 34 CHF of great value. Moldova right now doesn’t need an international aid package it needs a cooking skill transfer.