At Rasoi our staff are the key ingredients to the success of the restaurant, so let’s meet Victor Slavu.
Victor has spent over 12 years working in restaurants developing and maintaining key levels of service, which we pride ourselves on.
So lets get to know Victor a little better and try to understand what make him “tick”.
Why did you choose the hospitality industry as a career?
Working in restaurants is in my blood, I started when I was 19 years of age at the establishment where my mother is head chef. So the industry found me.
Where did you work before coming to Swansea?
I worked in a busy restaurant in Focsani, Romania called Pensiunea Dana for 12 years and learnt so much about how to offer good service everyday. That’s the most important thing for me. Working with my family was such a pleasure, it could get a little heated at times, but that what happens in a pressure environment.
I came to the UK to start a new life, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. I love living in Swansea, I meet lots of interesting people and enjoy visiting beautiful places.
Who has been the greatest influencers in your life?
It has to be my Mum. She works very long hours in the restaurant and juggled bring us up, it not have been easy for her.
What’s your favourite place in Swansea?
I love the open space of Singleton Park, enjoying a coffee and a walk with my fiancée. Also Rhossili beach is my favourite bay on Gower, I was blown away when I first visited and can’t go down there enough.
What sport do you like to watch, football, rugby or cricket?
Sport is not my thing. But I do love movies and watch them all the time. My favourite pastime is settling down to watch The Godfather, with a beer and crisps. But any crime based films I enjoy.
What’s the best Welsh ingredients you cook with?
Welsh pork is fantastic and I really enjoy some of the local sausages I find in Swansea Market. The spicier the better for me.
What’s your favourite comfort food?
Pasta has to be my favourite, it reminds of home and dishes my Mum cooks. Any meaty pasta I enjoy. For dessert, it has to be Tiramisu, with an extra shot of coffee. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol, but I do enjoy a chilled local Welsh beer regularly.
What’s your favourite dish on the current Rasoi menu?
My favourite meal from the restaurant is a Chicken Jalfrezi, with steamed rice and an Aloo Gobho side order. I could eat this nearly everyday!!
Do you have many friends in Swansea?
Yes I do and I now have a fiancée, who I proposed to one month ago and she said yes. We plan to get married in 2020 back home in Romania. So I’m a very happy man.
Do you have any past times?
I enjoy watching movies, shopping and listening to music; mainly heavy metal. Walking is my passion, I love being in Wales and enjoy visiting the mountains, it reminds me of home. I recently walking to the top of Mount Snowdon with the other guys from Rasoi and the views were amazing.