At the “Valea Verde” Restaurant we have set out to create a relaxed, yet cosy and refined dining environment in our rural Countryside Inn. In an old converted barn you will be charmed by the warm and welcoming atmosphere of our main dining area, in the pavilion adjoining the restaurant up to 12 people will find a beautiful, more intimate space and in the lounge we can cater events for up to 90 guests with stunning views of the surrounding Wilderness.
Weather permitting we can also arrange for tables in our large grounds, by the lake side or even wilderness lunches in a wonderful forest clearing or on a great ridge-line with amazing views of the Carpathian mountains!
Your host & Chef Jonas Schäfer is spoiling his guests in the Transylvanian Wilderness with an inspiring modern take on rural cuisine using only the freshest of local ingredients. With his background in French and Mediterranean cuisine, he combines often forgotten local ingredients in his unique style.
He is focusing on seriously flavourful dishes, which he loves to pair with Romanian wines from the outstanding selection of the “Valea Verde” cellar. Jonas Schäfer and his wife Ulrike Schäfer’s work with his all local team has led to international interest by food and wine critics from Austria, Germany, the UK and Scandinavia, which recommend the “Valea Verde” as an outstanding international destination for food & wine lovers!
We always serve a set daily menu of delicious local produce either as a three, five or seven course menu, but please feel free to inquire about any special wishes of yours – we will do our best to spoil you!
Our restaurant is the proud bearer of the prestigious “Blazon for Excellence in Service & Hospitality” of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is the oldest and largest culinary association based in France bringing together enthusiasts of culinary arts and the pleasures of the table. Members come together from all over the world and both Ulrike and Jonas Schäfer are members of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs. We are always delighted to welcome Confrères et Dames de la Chaîne at the Valea Verde!
We are passionate members of the Slow Food association dedicating ourselves to sustainable and local food. It was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986 and has since spread worldwide.
Promoted as an alternative to fast food, it strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages farming of plants, seeds, and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem.
Along our true passion for good food and local produce, we have dedicated a lot of time and dedication to our carefully selected menu of Romanian and international wines.
On our wine menu you will find a selection of Romanian white and red wines, which is constantly updated due to the great variation of the vintages in most wineries and availability. The Romanian wine market has evolved tremendously and is slowly receiving mare and more international recognition. We have payed particular attention to including some indigenous local grape varieties like Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra, Sarba, Cramposie, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Novac, Negru de Dragasani and many others.
In the international section of our wine menu we have compiled wines from most major wine growing regions in the world. However, the list is very personal and focuses on emerging wine regions like Portugal, South Africa and Bulgaria – but rest assured, you will also be able to find a wonderful Barolo, some nice Bordeaux and Sauternes there!
Every evening we propose an all Romanian wine pairing with our menu, but please don’t hesitate to ask us for a special pairing. We will happily create a pairing to deliver an enhanced food and wine experience with special personalized flights!