Whenever I have foreign friends coming to Chișinău, we need to stop for some traditional Moldovan food at this restaurant. It is located in the city center and it has everything my grandmother used to cook: plăcinte (pies), sarmale (Moldovan Sushi), mămăligă (polenta), brânză (sheep cheese), jumere (meat cracklings) and other local delicacies. The restaurant has some different rooms where it’s nice to sit and it is guaranteed there will be a nice cozy place for each visitor. Their food is tasty and their service is quite fast. On weekend nights they have live music.
It is best to make a reservation in advance though and find out about the music. Even if their food is great, the prices for are higher than average. Also, I recommend not going all out on the wine list. They have a great wine selection, but all of the wines are quite expensive and you can easily enjoy a bottle of Moldovan wine in some other place after dinner. If you go just for snacks or a light dinner, it is the perfect place to experience Moldovan cooking. The restaurant has a lot of portraits, historical decorations and artefacts. It is like a museum. Enjoy!