Beautiful moments and memories at Kupaj
Beautiful places always awaken memories, and this place will surely become a reference point among the places to be visited in Cluj-Napoca. Kupaj restaurant promises to delight you from the moment you step in and it will not disappoint. A beautiful experience that will leave a mark on your soul.
Many years ago, on this street, Sindicatelor Street no. 4, there was a small student place where we used to spend the time between classes or meet with friends on weekends. This is friendships were born, a place where we lived beautiful moments that will remain in our memory, here I met my great love.
Years have passed, we have matured, but memories remain. Now that this place has been transformed into a chic restaurant we decided to “investigate” and spend a beautiful afternoon here for a glass of wine. On this occasion, we also had the opportunity to meet Andrei, the one who gave this fresh breath to the location and managed to turn the location into a special place. From the very first moment I stepped into the restaurant I had a pleasant feeling and I felt some kind of excitement. It is not a very large place, but it is spacious and very suitable for wine tastings, it is a corner that gives you the feeling of good, makes you feel at home.
I later learned from Andrei that the menu will be slightly modified, although I can say that what I have seen so far about tapas and dishes I enjoyed a lot. Instead, I was very pleasantly surprised by the variety of wines. Here you can find everything for all wine lovers, from Romanian wines to wines from France, New Zealand, Spain or South America. We chose a wine from Chile, a wine that I liked very much and which I have already added to the preference list. Besides, I was pleasantly surprised by the impeccable service I had, and I think this is a very important aspect that makes the experience much more enjoyable.
We chose two tapas, for me, eggplant with feta cheese, baked tomatoes and coriander, and he chose an absolutely delicious camenbert in panko with sweet pepper jam. Aside the tapas we chose an extraordinary red wine that I recommend you to try. 5 Cepas Reserva 2016 from Casa Silva. A wonderful blend of 5 grape varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon – Carmenère – Syrah – Pinot Noir and Petit Verdot. An elegant wine with intense ruby color with spicy notes and black fruit, a pleasure for the tasting buds with a fine and intense taste. It is a wine that can be associated with various types of beef or even venison, but also with pasta or with well-matured cheeses.
If you appreciate a white wine I leave here two proposals that you can find at Kupaj. If you want to start with something special I suggest you do it with Franciacorta Corteaura Brut. We are talking about a 100% Chardonnay with grapes coming from different areas of Franciacorta. It is absolutely wonderful after a meal with dried pastries or fruit cakes, but it is also ideal as an aperitif or as a snack as well as associated with spicy cheeses or various appetizers. Another proposal is Colefrisio Pecorino. A delicate wine with a nice straw color and strong notes of green tea and peach in an absolutely perfect balance. As the warm season approaches, we will surely have the opportunity to enjoy one of the two at Kupaj.
If I have awaken some interest in you, I suggest you take the time to spend a lovely afternoon or an early evening in the right company at Kupaj. Beautiful moments and places have to be cherished because they remain in our memory forever.
Text by Yle Bocu