Sunday, June 17, 2012

Restaurant Reviews

I realized that I don't really give props or recommend places, so I will share three restaurants that have become my new staples in Belgrade.

1. Botako Pizza - Nevesinje 6

The best pizza in Belgrade, hands down. They make the crust in front of you, rolling the outer edges inwards and add a bit of olive oil and spices. The menu has little drawings of all the toppings, so you don't need to know the words, and they can do half a pizza in one style, the rest in another. Their pastas are also really really good. A large pizza is about 12 dollars and can easily feed 3 regular people, or 2 Americans, or 4 Serbs. They have wine, beer and porn magazines next to the bathroom. What else could a customer want?

2. Mala Fabrika Ukusa - Nebojsina 49a

The best Ayvar I've had in Belgrade so far; it is so good, last time I was there, I asked for an extra one to take home. This is the kind of place you want to go with more than 3 people because they have big portions of meat, ready for sharing. One of them is called "Gypsy Dance" and it's got all the Serbian specialties, like cevapi and others. Plus some pork chops, fried potatoes (not french fries) and sausages. The place itself is really cool, because it's meant to look like an old farm house. They have outdoor seating, which is ideal because in Serbia, you can still smoke inside, which I hate. They also have really good salads and desserts. Last time I was there, we ordered a dessert called "Alchemy" and it was literally brought to us with liquid nitrogen to quickly set this magical caramel on top of a souffle. WOW. Soo good. A four course meal here runs for about 25 to 30 bucks per person, depending on the amount of wine you get.

3. Comunale - Karađorđeva 2-4

 I couldn't find their website, but this place is probably the most well known from the list because it's in the more touristy area of town. In front of the Sava river, in old Belgrade, there is a street full of restaurants, a club, and a spa, overlooking New Belgrade on the other side of the river. Most restaurants are pretty good. I haven't been to all of them, because whenever I go, Comunale calls. I am a HUGE fan of meat and cheese platters, and this place takes it to a whole new level. They have an appetizer called Antipasto Comunale and you can get the small or the large, which serves 2 or 4 people. It is PHENOMENAL. It brings, the freshest cold-cuts, marinated veggies and cheese I've had in my life. The cheese is just little blocks of Parmesan, but the meats are prosciutto, bologna, salami and sopressata. So good! The veggies are the best part. Dripping in delicious olive oil and some magical marinade, they are a different assortment every time. I have seen olives, asparagus, beets, carrots, onions, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, different kinds of mushrooms, and more. They also serve pizzas and pastas. I like the pastas. The pizzas are good, but nothing to write home (or in a blog) about. Ideally, I would go here just for the platter and dessert. Phil swears they make the best Tiramisu in the entire world. I don't like coffee, so I can't say.

So there you have it. My first three restaurant reviews. If you come to Serbia by yourself, this is what I would recommend. If you come visit Phil and I, most likely we'll take you to at least one of them.  This Wednesday, we are expecting visitor #3!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"can easily feed 3 regular people, or 2 Americans, or 4 Serbs", WTF!!???