In Bogutovac village, in central Serbia, on Kraljevo-Raška highway there is restaurant Kod Mira, one of the oldest restaurants in this part of Serbia.
A while ago, I have promised more stories about Serbian restaurants. The first post was about a currently very fashionable Belgrade restaurant Lorenzo & Kakalamba and today I will show you an ethno restaurant. This is a place where common people eat and where you can have authentic, traditional food of Serbia.
This particular restaurant is opened since 1826. The owners are still in the same family that built it originally. Not many restaurants that old are left in Serbia.
First, I need to tell you a few basic things about Serbian food. It’s all about the meat and a lot of it. It has been mostly influenced by Ottoman cuisine as our country has been under their rule for centuries.
Most of the traditional restaurants have checkered tablecloths. Red or blue. I just love that!
We started our meal with a rose. Rose (as well as white wine) are typically drunk diluted with mineral sparkling water. Not my kind of drink. I like my wine as is, but most of the experienced guests will have it that way
Appetizer is almost always a soup. We had fish soup and chicken soup. Both were served in a miniature cauldrons, heated on the table. Very nice and cute. These miniature cauldrons are making a comeback in last couple of years and were very rare in restaurants.
This is grilled pork loin served with lots of fresh onions. Here, in Serbia, when it comes to food, it’s all about the quantities. Check out the size of this portion
Mućkalica – pork again with tomatoes and onions.
Salads are always seasonal. We had šopska (diced tomatoes, onions and cucumbers, topped with grated fresh cheese) and vitamin salad (bunch of grated seasonal vegetables). Can’t say that I’m a fan of vitamin salad. It’s a new design on the tables of traditional restaurants and somehow, to me, vitamins and our traditional food just don’t go together. Though, this one looked fantastic.
Now… In this time of year there is a must have salad – roasted red peppers seasoned with garlic, vinegar, oil and salt, sometimes with chopped parsley leaves. This salad is a heaven on a plate. Somehow, they’ve managed to ruin it. The peppers weren’t roasted enough and the skin wasn’t peeled good. Unforgivable!
Literally, the translation of this dessert would be “Apples in a robe”. These are fried apples actually. Usually, they are just fried and dusted with powdered sugar. Here, they were served with homemade plum jam and topped with ground walnuts. A very old recipe not easy to find on the menus of restaurants here. You can find the recipe here if you’d like to try them.