After a visit to husband’s paternal grandmother yesterday, we dropped by Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati to see the much talked about Festival of Lights where lights on trees dance and sparkle with music. Watching the lights with all that crowd made us feel exhausted and famished so we went to find a nice place to eat.
Our hunger led us to Balkan – a Yugoslavian home cooking restaurant, located at Legaspi Village, Makati. We’ve frequented Japanese, Korean, Italian restaurants but this is the first time we’ve seen a Yugoslavian one so we decided to give it a try.
For appetizers, we had Leblebije (pronounced as leb-leb-iye) which is traditional hummus served with warm pita bread.
Hubby had Stuffed Pljeskavica (plyes-ka-vi-tsa) for his main course. According to their menu, this is the national dish of Serbia. It is made of ground beef steak with mozzarella stuffing inside served with your choice of rice, fries or mashed potatoes. It is one of their best sellers.
I tried their Kobasica (ko-ba-si-tsa) which is their homemade pork sausage also served with your choice of rice, fries or mashed potatoes.
Both of us chose fries as sides on our main dish and our daughter seemed to be the one who enjoyed that the most. Between the two main dishes, the stuffed Pljeskavica is hands-down, our favorite. For me, the sausages taste average. I kind of miss the garlic sausages we always buy in Nueva Ecija, those are still my favorite ones.
We noticed that the restaurant has a small bar and they serve alcoholic beverages from wine to beer. They also have a television inside and a large projection screen outside which gives them a sports bar-like ambiance. (I think I heard hubby whisper to himself that he’ll be inviting his friends here to watch NBA one of these days)
It was only when we were done that we realize we’ve eaten too much meat for dinner. You can’t blame us; their menu is all meat, what choice do we have? (hehehe) Still, those two dishes are enough for a heavy meal.
They still have a lot of food on their menu that we would like to try next time (hopefully with beer too!) like their sausage platter, chicken kebab, and the Balkan steak.
If you feel carnivorous, have your fill in any of Balkan’s three branches:
2nd Floor, Crossroads Bldg, 32nd St, BGC, Taguig
109 Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati
87 Jose Abad Santos St., Little Baguio, San Juan City