Dine Out: Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking

Because it was our dear friend’s birthday, the barkada decided to have the family dinner earlier than planned. For our second international cuisine, we tried something not-so-Asian and we went meat-all-the-way! (..which was favorable to me!HAHA)

Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking @ Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati

Balkan, I think is the only Serbian restaurant in the country. It is owned by Marko Batricevic, a former basketball player of DLSU Green Archers. According to my research their first branch is in San Juan, which has more of a fastfood atmosphere. We decided to dine in Makati for a better ambiance and because I also read that they serve the crepe dessert only in Makati.

Inside Balkan.. paintings, wooden furnitures, red theme.

Before we started the carnivore feast, we let Glenna blow her birthday candles.. and yes, we had Sweet Bella cakes as early desserts.:)

The candles were too shy to touch the lovely cakes, we just held them for Glenna.

Now, we’re ready for the Serbian experience..

Goulash (PHP250)

Goulash is the classic beef stew of the balkans. It was served with a big Serbian bread. The waiter was kind enough to divide it in 3 bowls so we could easily share the dish. This appetizer was a big hit for the group.

Cevapcici Platter (PHP280)

Cevapcici are signature Serbian sausages made from spiced ground beef. These sausages were a bit salty and spicy but in a good way.

Stuffed Pljeskavica (PHP320)

A thick burger patty stuffed with mozarella, served with rice or fries. This dish was devoured fastest among all contenders. No doubt, it was really good.

Butkice (PHP650)

Butkice is pork knuckles cooked in a claypot. It was served with sweet potatoes. The meat was so tender, it was effortless to chew.

Stuffed Batak (PHP350)

Stuffed Batak is chicken breasts with double smoked salami and topped with mozarella cheese.

Palacinke (PHP160)

Traditional Serbian crepes filled with Nutella and vanilla ice cream on top. For me, this was worth the extra kilometers from QC to Makati.

Nothing beats good food and good company on a sweet Monday evening!
I would fly to Serbia with these people, anytime. 😀

After the meat overload, I realized that Yugoslavian food is really hard to pronounce and spell.. and it’s also hard to resist. Btw, thank you sissy for the treat! 🙂


Dine Out: Nasi Lemak Authentic Singaporean Cuisine

Friday the 13th dinner with my favorite group! 🙂

Nasi Lemak @Robinson’s Galleria, 2/F East Lane.

Since I already made a list of must try international cuisines for our monthly dinners, I suggested that we start with Singaporean food.

Nasi Lemak’s Menu. Aside from Singaporean cuisine, they also serve Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, and Chinese food.

Appetizer, Kueh Pai Ti (PHP268.00).. Singaporean version of California Maki.

Appetizer, Crispy Baby Squid (PHP218.00).. perfect beer combo.

Char Kway Teow, Medium (PHP275.00). Singapore’s popular noodle dish.

Singaporean Laksa (PHP265.00). This dish made me cough due to its extreme flavor but I liked the spice.

Steamed Prawns (PHP480.00)

Beef Rendang (PHP365.00). Caldereta + Curry. We asked the waiter for the ‘mild’ version but the girls in our group still find it too spicy.

Honey Glazed Pork Spareribs (PHP350.00)

Thank you, Joshua, Jera, Glenna, Thesa, Dust, and Diane! See you on our next first Friday family dinner!:)

So here comes the verdict: