A1.11 Romanian food & drinks vocabulary
In this online Romanian lesson you will find a list of useful vocabulary words for eating and drinking in Romania.
We will teach you how to say in Romanian:
- enjoy your meal & cheers (which might be the most important Romanian words related to eating and drinking)
- the meals of the day
- all the things that can be found on the table
- Coffee & Tea
- Soft drinks
- Alcoholic beverages - Beer
- Romanian wine
- Other Romanian alcoholic beverages - Schnapps, Spirits...
- Typical Romanian starter (video included)
A typical Romanian lunch would start with a soup as the first dish followed by a main dish (most of the times containing meat) with a salad and closing with a desert and a coffee.
The Romanian kitchen is largely based on meat products (ranging from soup with meat, to grilled pork, poultry...). Romanians like quite a lot grilled meat.
How do you say "enjoy your meal" and "cheers" in Romanian?
Enjoy your meal, Have a nice meal, Bon appétit
cheers (as in English, "noroc" can be used for a toast, or for saying hi or goodbye)
Romanian courses names
In Romanian "aperitiv" refers most of the time to "starter" rather than an alcoholic drink served before a meal as an appetizer.
second dish a synonym of "main dish" (felul principal)
Romanian tableware / dinning room vocabulary
buns, bread rolls
Coffee & Tea - Romanian Vocabulary
coffee with milk
cafea cu lapte
|/ka'fe̯a ku 'lap.te/|
Would you like to get a coffee? (you can address both a man and a woman like this)
Ai vrea să mergem la o cafea?
|/aʲ vre̯a sə 'mer.d͡ʒem la o ka'fe̯a/|
Romanian soft drinks
still water, flat water
sparkling water, or sodawater
Scientifically speaking, "apă minerală" is not the correct translation for "sparkling water" however many so Romanians (wrongly) use it, that you are bound to hear it.
suc de portocale
|/suk de por.to'ka.le/|
suc de mere
|/suk de 'me.re/|
natural fresh juice
suc natural proaspăt
|/suk na.tu'ral pro̯as.pət/|
non sparkling (you are literally saying "without acid"; even though "acid" is obviously innappropiate in this context this is the popular way of saying in Romanian "not sparkling"
Prigat is a popular softdrinks brand in Romania
Prigat de piersici
|/pri'gat de 'pjer.sit͡ʃi/|
Alcoholic beverages - Beer - Romanian vocabulary
dark brown beer
alcohol-free beer (even though low-alcohol beer is translated differently in Romanian than "bere fără aclool" it virtually means the same thing)
It is very important to know that driving in Romania imposes a virtually alcohol free percentage in your blood, thus no alcohol consumption before hitting the road. The rules are quite strict and the Romanian police are enforcing them.
bere fără alcool
|/'be.re 'fə.rə al.ko'ol/|
Romanian Wine Vocabulary
Liqueur, brandy... - Romanian distilled alcoholic beverages
liqueur (also known as schnapps, or cordial)
This is a very common if not the most famous Romanian liqueur (also known as shnapps or cordial) made of sour cherries, sugar and alcohol. It is usually home made, thus it can be normal 30% alcohol or stronger (according to the house recepy).
It is easily available in the bigger Romanian supermarkets (30% alcohol).
Afinată is a Romanian liqueur made of bilberries (similar and a bit smaller blueberries), sugar and alcohol. It is similar to vișinată.
whisky or whiskey
Romanian starter (eating, food) - useful phrases
fish roe salad
It's a spreadable salad made of fresh roe (usually carp) with sunflower oil with (or without) ognions and lemon juice
yellow cheese (Kashkaval)
Tripe soup (Ciorba de burtă) is one of the most popular Romanian traditional dishes. It is a white sour soup of tripe (beef) seasoned with garlic sauce and vinaigre/lemon.
ciorbă de burtă
|/'ʧio̯r.bə de bur.tə/|
beef sour soup
ciorbă de văcuţă
|/'ʧio̯r.bə de və'ku.t͡sə/|
chicken soup (it could bewith a small sliced chicken meat, however and especially for the home made chicken soup, you can expect to find a chicken wing or drumstick in your plate)
supă de pui
|/'su.pə de puj/|
It is important to note that most Romanian soups are borth/bouillon type also called clear soup. This is why if you want to refer in Romanian to a soup which is mixed and cream like than you should add the word "cremă".
supă cremă de roşii
|/'su.pə 'cre.mə de 'ro.ʃiʲ/|
semolina dumplings soup (usually with chicken meat as well)
supă de găluşte
|/'su.pə de gə'luʃ.te/|
soup of the day
a finely-ground spreadeable paste of meat (usually pork, gesses liver)
A salty smoked piece of mutton, turkey, beef or turkey. seasoned with spices and herbs.