Thursday, 30 October 2008

Cevapcici, Shopska & Sarajevsko Pivo

My first three days in Republica Srbska where not filled with culinary highlights, so today I thought it was high time to sample some authentic Bosnian cuisine.

For Sarajevo's best Cevapcici my Bosnian friend Belma told me to check out Zeljo right in the centre of the Bascarsija bazaar. You basically just have to follow your nose.

It's just past 12pm and the place is quickly filling up. I grab a stool at one of the low wooden tables.

The choice is not difficult: 5, 10 or 15 Cevapcici, the divine lepinja bread is complimentary, you only have to choose if you want a side of onions or not. As the three middle aged ladies sitting next to me have gone for onion breath, I follow suit - bugger my next interview partner, it's only the EU anyway...

A peak around the room, and the thing to do seems to be to order a glass of yoghurt too. Delicious.

I'm really not a big meat eater, but these Cevapcici's are very very yummy. Not even 20 minutes later, the place is jam packed. An older guy with disproportionately big glasses takes a seat across from me without asking, or even looking at me. Strange. I guess I have TOURIST written all over my face and he probably doesn't speak English, so why bother?

This place is all about a quick eat anyway. The guy behind the cashier yells "idimo, idimo, idimo!" - which, as far as I know, means "come on, come on, come on!" The three ladies next to me have long time gone.

I scoff down my meal, surprised how good meat can taste. And it's time to move on.

I still have my onion breath... and I'm already back to onions... a friend on Facebook last night recommended checking out Inat Kuca. It's not difficult to find, just across the bridge from the old Austrian Hungarian library currently in the process of being renovated.

It's a gorgeous wooden house, full of beautiful exotic lamps, Bosnian carpets, and other Ottoman knick knacks. The story goes that the restaurant was once on the other side of the river but when the authorities wanted to demolish it during the construction of the town hall, the owner insisted to rebuild it on the other side of the bank - piece by piece. Hence the name, Spite House.

I'm going for Shopska salad and Sarajevo Pivo. Uzdravlje!


Anonymous 27 November 2008 at 17:01  

Dear Barb!
No bosnian "Foto-Rätsel"? Liebe Grüße, Schorsch

Barbara 27 November 2008 at 19:26  

Yeah you're right. We'd need a Bosnian food quiz. I'll give it some thought and will get back to you!!

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