Restaurant Review: Carpathia Romanian Cafe and Deli

The third review in our regular feature showcasing local restaurant talent

A Romanian cafe and deli restaurant has landed from out of space on East Ham High Street (hooray!).

How pleased we were to chance upon the new-found gem of Carpathia, which offers a nicely decked-out interior, an injection of caffeine, and good quality Romanian grub – all reasonably priced.

Here we take a look at what this little surprise of the summer has to offer.

CarpathiaName/location

Carpathia: a reference to the mountain range in Romania and across Central Europe. Here you won’t find a view of mountains, but you do get a chance to escape the high street into very pleasant surroundings.

Address: 166(ish) High Street North.

Atmosphere/decor

The interior has a nice cosy cafe vibe – complete with cute cushions, signs, books and those artsy chalk menus (a must-have for any swanky coffee house!). Prime seat is a cosy lounge-style sofa, a front-row seat onto the bustling high street.

The menu/dishes

Carpathia offers anything from a very decent cup of coffee to sandwiches to traditional Romanian dishes. And they have a deli…

We had pork ribs with cabbage and pork steak with rice – these came with a side serving of pickles and chillies for those who want more flavour; and we sampled both the chicken and beef soups.

As with east European food it can be rich and filling so you most definitely won’t leave feeling hungry.

Total price: under £10.

The service

The waiter was very friendly and gave us a talk around the coffee shop and menu. Granted – it was the first week, but it has to be said that the staff were really welcoming and hospitable.

Recommendation

Definitely. This place is a step away from the many fast food joints of East Ham and is a chance to sample some East European food on the high street. Make sure you check it out!

By Naomi

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