The name may suggest Italian, but this Stockport restaurant down Hazel Grove’s London Road is proudly Romanian, making La Roberto one of the most unique eateries in the region. It’s rare to find such a jewel anywhere in the UK, and with far-from-common cuisine on offer, matched with fine wine, traditional beer, and a warm welcome, La Roberto is a surefire destination for the curious gourmet. We raise a glass of tuica, Romanian plum brandy, to good health and La Roberto.
Hazel Grove’s La Roberto is an establishment clearly proud of its Romanian heritage, and what better way to celebrate one’s history and culture than with a culinary offering replete with dishes bound to make natives nostalgic and newbies awestruck. The a la carte menu at what has to be one of Stockport’s most interesting restaurants is monument to Romanian kitchen traditions – well annotated to boot and helped along by La Roberto’s knowledgeable staff (also always ready with a regional wine pairing suggestion). Anyone with any interest in global cuisine will be rewarded when they book a table at this London Road restaurant.
Various ciorba, soups, begin La Roberto’s menu. The ciorba de burta takes chopped tripe simmered in a beef and vegetable broth with cream, garlic, lime, and herbs. Already, this Stockport surprise demonstrates unique Romanian culinary style – what appears to be a hearty, wintry soup leavened with lime, of all things. Clearly an indication of Romanian cuisine’s complicated dialogue with western Europe and the Near East. A brilliant option when you dine with a group at La Roberto’s London Road premises are the sharing platters for two – seafood, mixed grills, and rolled minced meats. Finally, hop-heads, whatever you do, don’t leave Hazel Grove’s best kept secret without trying a traditional Romanian beer.
Great service, fantastic food. Lovely little restaurant with top quality food. Staff very, very pleasant. Makes a change from your average restaurants. Will be returning soon.