When we moved to Romania in 2003, my (up-to-date!) guide suggested that if we were to go out to a restaurant, we should take some toilet paper with us, as this is not always supplied. Even back then -- two years ago! gasp! -- this wasn't true. We've seen some truly disgusting toilets in Romania, yes. Some were just not usable at all. And were out of toilet paper. But the Bucharest restaurant toilets were usually OK. However, we did notice a trend over the past years.
Bathrooms are getting some attention now. The new (and old) restaurants are using their interior designers not only for their eating areas but also for their bathrooms. Some go a bit overboard but when a new place opens, it's always fun to check out the bathrooms for some innovative ideas. My favorite ones are: 1. Mica Helvetia -- The toilets in this Swiss restaurant have their seats covered in a nice Heidi theme. You almost don't want to sit down. 2. Piccolo Mondo -- The Lebanese/Turkish restaurant sports a regular big well in the anteroom to the toilets, complete with a nice hanging basket of plants over it and big stones at the bottom. Both Doug and I walked back and forth some little while in search for the sinks until we realized that the well was the sink. The taps are hidden in the hanging basket and the drains are below the stones. It's -- different. 3. Rogue Cafe -- Very modern, very stylish with brown mosaic in white washed walls and a sleek, elegant sink. Quite my thing. Just the big mirror in which you see yourself pulling down your undies is somewhat disconcerting. Any suggestions for other contenders? We are looking for the coolest restaurant bathroom in Bucharest. Of course, it would be more impressive for our readers outside of Romania if we supplied pictures. Maybe one day.