The much-neglected flavours of Romanian cooking are given a proper showcase in north London’s Ilford. On a quiet corner of Cranbrook Road, the team at La Mama Acasa are creating classic Romanian dishes for the uninitiated London punter, as well as a handful of knowledgeable natives that head there for a taste of home. The food here is modern and finessed to reflect the local palate, but there’s no doubt that this is a kitchen that is packing authentic flavours into every mouthful.
Romanian food is unlike much of the food in the same region. There are strong Italian influences as well as lots of meat and potato in these dishes. In that way, Romanian food looks set to become the next big thing in the city. Ilford’s dining scene is fortunate then to have La Mama Acasa on Cranbrook Road, at the forefront of the Romanian dining revolution in north London.
Traditional Romanian cooking is the order of the day at La Mama Acasa on Ilford’s Cranbook Road. The menu offers plenty of interesting modern takes on classic food from Romania, in a dining room that is every bit as sleek and minimalist at you’d expect from a restaurant in the capital. Diners are welcomed into the chic dining space and invited to choose from a menu of Romania classics like the two person platter: pescaresc pentru with a selection of fish cooking in garlic and rosemary and lemon and garlic sauce to get a taste of Romanian.