Sarajevo's Attempts at International Cuisine
Earlier: What to do and eat in Sarajevo
I went to Sarajevo with a group of Americans and Canadians who'd been living in Albania for several months to a few years (plus one Albanian, who'd been living in Albania for much longer). They were all quite interested in having some international cuisines. In Sarajevo they'd found a place with sushi and a Moroccan restaurant. After just a little more than a week, even I was excited to have something different.
|Bruschetta Karuzo - two kinds. This is probably the worst bruschetta I've ever been served in a restaurant, coming as it did on two slices of wheat bread. It was pleasant enough, but if I were served this in America, I would laugh.|
Smoked Salmon Chirashi - 14 KM - Salmon and cucumber seasoned and served over rice, cool, whatever
Rolls: Karuzo Roll - 14KM or $9.20 USD: crab stick, avocado, cucumber tobiko
Caviar Roll - same price: same without crab stick and with more tobiko or caviar
I gave them both a C+. If you haven't had sushi in a year, this'll do nicely. If you have, it's enjoyable anyway.
|Just six little tables, very small, very cute nautical decor|
|"Vitamin Salad" !|
|What's a "chocolate and apple cube"? I will never know. "Amaranth pudding"? "La Macedonnia with ginger sauce"? I wish I could have tried everything.|
Another night we went to Maroko, the Moroccan restaurant.
|It was huge and stunningly beautiful.|
|The bread was good, with a nice sweetness to it, but don't fill up on it because you've got pita coming.|
|The best thing here was the pita, coming out well-herbed and sesame-d, fresh from the oven with air bubbles. It was hard not to scarf the whole thing down.|
|Oriental Cauliflower Cream Soup, with cauliflower, carrots, cream, almonds and spices - Now this was good.|
|The Mutabel (baba ghanoush) was good.|
|The hummus was fine, but we had no idea it would be curried hummus, very curried.|
|It was strange to be dining in this Casablanca-y heaven, amidst a few other early diners, presumably among the wealthier citizens of Sarajevo, while being served vegetables that had clearly come from a frozen bag.|
If you go, go to enjoy the atmosphere, and just get some mutabel and some soup.
|They also have a Cheers Bar in Sarajevo, which I found delightful. Inside, there was a Savage Garden cover band.|