Talk about one of the most satisfying vegetarian meals I have ever had. this restaurant is about a 45 min drive to the north of Podgorica and if you dont know where to find it you are not ever going to find it. This place is so good a 45 min drive for the offerings is a small price to pay for what was a very unique, beautiful delicious meal in a setting that will take you back to the old days and they way it was done. Below is the outside of the "Old House" that is my friend Marko walking in.
Here is the bread selection that is made up of corn bread, some blue colored wheat bread and some other types made in house a I am told and it certainly tasted of it.
What came next was a very unique way of preparing a potato dish and is called KACAMAK, pronounced "Kachamak". this one is made up of corn flour, a type of cheese and potatoes. It is very light and taste almost like jalapeno cheddar cheese corn muffins. that is a nice pat of butter that sits on top. They are served at room temp every time. I have had these before but these were the best I've had.
Served almost immediately was this cup of very creamy tart yogurt. It just went so well with all the food and helped with digestion as most of these dishes were very heavy and very flavorful.
Also on the table and on most restaurant tables as it is tradition is a plate of fresh vegetables and also pickled cabbage, cucumber and peppers. This I always tear into when it hits the table and eat it with the bread and olive oil so good I would be happy with just this.
Here is a nice shot of the wood fire that was beside our table. You could smell the wood burning as you walked up to the restaurant almost setting the scene for you experience.
Here are some sauteed wood mushrooms on some sticky rice but the rice has been fried a little on the bottom giving it that crispy crunch just slightly. I could taste the juice of the mushrooms with some olive oil in the rice. perfect dish.
And some more interior shots of the restaurant to give you an idea what we were seeing while dining.
Next comes one of the best savory pies I have had. This taste maybe similar to spanikopita but it was much more flavorful which I believe was the cheese that was used and also the greens was blitva which is common in the region and I used to eat a lot of in Croatia.
This next dish called "Cicvara: pronounced tzitzvarah" very unusual for North American but always wanted by Montenegrin's, it is a kind of take of the KACAMAK the prevoius potato/cheese dish but has more of a cheese flavor. It is also has a layer of a liquid which i could not figure out what it was but this one you spoon on your plate and if you see to the left the silver serving vessel well this contain honey and you drizzle it on top and when you eat it had the sensation of cheese with honey and soft bread this was very unique.
Finally there was a flaming crepe which Marko ordered and he insisted on sharing with me it had a honey spice syrup on two very light perfectly done crepes or thin pancake and was doused with some form of liquor which was flambeed with a plum that was split in two, sauteed and put on top. To die for perfect ending to an amazing meal.
I wanted to thank and introduce you to my two special friends Ljiljana and Marko who between the two of them have shown me an amazing experience, taught me the real Montenegro, how the people live, the real culture and why this country is so special. I wish to thank them both for this and espesically Ljiljana as if it were not for her seeing my vision with me for the business we are doing in Montenegro I would have never had this amazing experience.
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