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One item in my bucket list is to introduce my palate to as many foreign cuisines as possible. Other than the language, you can learn much about a culture through their food. Much to my extreme delight, I was able to savor some Yugoslavian dishes at Balkan restaurant.

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I discovered the restaurant while leisurely walking around the streets of Makati with a friend. It is located in the Ground Floor of Maripola Building at 109 Perea Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, Philippines and is open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Upon entering the restaurant, there is a feel-at-home, cozy vibe to it. The lighting is appropriate for enjoying a meal. It was not bright like those in fast food restaurants. You could definitely relax and chat with your friends in this restaurant.

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Red is definitely one of the dominant colors in the restaurant’s interior design. Black and white photos, which seem to depict the Southeast European culture, are also plastered on its walls. One picture near the entrance was of basketball players. This is interesting because the owner of Balkan is a former De La Salle University Green Archer, Marko Batricevic and his brother Martin Batricevic; both are Serbians. Photo0150 Photo0151

One Eastern European dish that I have already heard about is the Goulash (beef stew). The one served at Balkan is generously filled with tender beef cuts and pasta noodles. It was really mouthwatering especially when their fresh bread that is made on-site is dipped in it. It somehow reminded me of the Italian Ciabatta bread except it was shaped like a hamburger bun.

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Another restaurant favorite is their comfort food PljeskavicaSerbian burger. The grilled burger patty is served with fresh lettuce, onions and tomatoes. The serving size is, again, generous. It is a seriously meaty burger. Fries are also served on the side with ketchup and mayonnaise. But if you wish to spice things up, you could always request for a bottle of Tabasco sauce. Photo0153 Photo0154

If you prefer to taste lamb, they have Jagnjetina Lamb which is considered their specialty. There is also Cevapcici (Serbian sausages), Sarma (pickled cabbage rolls that are stuffed with rice, spices and, yes, beef, placed on top of creamy mashed potatoes) and Sopska (vegetable salad).

Dessert is in the form of Serbian crepes- choice of filling is apricot jam or chocolate (in the form of yummy Nutella).

The foods in Balkan restaurant are truly must-tries. With the goulash alone, my tummy was already happy. The owner (he may have been Marko or Martin) arrived just before we left the restaurant and it is true that he is hands-on. He checked on the newer customers and asked if the bread was alright since the oven apparently broke down and they could not bake a much fresher batch. As my companion and I left, he personally thanked each one of us.

Balkan restaurant is definitely one eatery that I will be going back to.

Their contact details are as follows:

Tel. No. (0917) 547-4188, 846-0744

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BalkanResto/

Have you tried Yugoslavian dishes?

La vie est belle,

Freine ♕

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