The chain La Placinte is a great place for good Moldavian food in Chisinau, but we also loved the Propaganda Restaurant and its weird Soviet theme! Wondering where all the politicians are? I never once felt uncomfortable, even walking around in the middle of the night.
If you have the time, it is really worth going both, especially in the summer when the outside wine fountain is working.
Did you know Moldova produced two-thirds of all wine consumed in the Soviet Union? And of course, it does make a beautiful photo as well! Heavily influences by Romanian cuisine, with inspiration from Greek, Polish, Ukrainian, and Ottoman — it would be a mistake to dismiss Moldovan food out-of-hand.