Following on from her exotic Ibrik Café, where East and West meet up over Turkish coffee and sweet pastries, Ecaterina Paraschiv has now opened up the restaurant version of her Byzantine Empire. In a space with a very sober Balkanized feel (white walls, kilim rugs, marble tables, mochoï masks), chefs Bogdan Alexandrescu and Ovidiu Malisevschi send out Romanian dishes that transport you straight to the Carpathian Mountains: a delicate beef pastrama served under a smoke-filled bell with slivers of black truffle (€12); a generous Romani chicken goulash with mashed potatoes (€18);delicious pork sarmale, a cross between stuffed grape leaves and stuffed cabbage, served with grilled polenta (€18); before the very Instagrammable pistachio cake with a lemon glaze and rose petals (€7.50).As for the drinks, let yourself get swept away in a trance-sylvania: a Mastiha-based cocktail (€14), loads of ouzo (€16 a bottle), a Slovenian red (€7.50 for a glass of Refosk) or aHungarian orange wine – €40 for a bottle of Rozsa Petsovits. Weekday set lunch menu €15, appetizers €6.50-12, mains €18-22, desserts €7.50-8. Sunday brunch €30. // T.B.-R.