So here in the Choomich Design District was where I found myself wondering in search of all the local young designer talents that I hear about so often, unfortunately for me most of the shops here were closed but I did manage to find a decent Sushi Bar that served decent Sushi.
So if your’e wondering if your taste for asian can be found in Belgrade I can assure you it does exist but you must be like a hunter as there are some places that can fool you.
Fresh Sushi made right in front of you with great customer service definitely gets the thumbs up Bravo Choomich you didn’t deliver me my designer wears but at least you gave me decent Sushi!
Here In Australia Japanese and Chinese cuisine is a regular on the menu and well after eating so much meat I started to miss home food so I asked a friend to take me to Belgrades finest Chinese food establishment.
Well lets just say it was and experience.
Peking Duck Belgrade
• Seafood Soup
• Sichuan Duck
• Sweet and Sour fish
• Steamed dumplings
• Mineral water
Bill – $3070.00 RSD
Constructive feedback from Local Serbian
The soup was quite pleasant with a mild spicy taste to it, not too chewy or decomposed.
The octopus in the soup was nice but I wouldn’t jump for joy over it.
Szechuan Duck was my main meal that I had ordered, and I would like to express my true affection for the meal that was placed before me.
As a local Serbian I know what a duck looks like, and in our culture we do prepare duck so I was under the impression I was being served something that shouldn’t be allowed to be consumed by any human.
My reasons being that I couldn’t tell if the meat I was eating was duck or deep fried cardboard, seeing as it did taste like re used Pom Frit oil and appeared really dark in color which for me was quite frightening.
Due to the fact that there was re used oils and fats present in my food I was unable to absorb any of the flavors that were supposed to make me feel like I want to visit China to experience their culinary delights.
Unfortunately for me this dream has now been crushed by the fact that my body has now consumed cardboard duck and I am really at a lost for words.
I enjoyed the rice and mineral water but again anyone can make rice in a rice cooker and the extra crunchy pieces of rice that stuck to my teeth while eating it was just a priceless moment not even the toothpicks that were offered could help get it off my teeth,
Now lets talk about the price and what one can expect to accrue while dining at this establishment. So seeing as the bill came to $3070.00 RSD I’m guessing that was also to pay for the sexually deprived ambience so naturally displayed by a lady serving our table as she so rudely snatched our bill and was very impatient as she felt the need to clear our table while we were still eating.
As a result of this experience I was rushed home and given Neurofen Advance to bring me back to life.
Feedback from Tourist
My entrée I ordered was the steamed dumplings and to my surprise I was confused as to weather I was under some sort of hallucination when the waiter brought to our table four large sausage looking pastries that seemed to be gigantic spring rolls, so seeing as I did not want to cause a scene I accepted them and pretended I was devouring large dumplings.
On a personal level Sweet and Sour fish is one of my favorite Chinese meals that I like to enjoy wherever I am in the world and I can honestly say that I have never seen this dish presented in such a way that left me questioning my knowledge of what I knew and what I know now.
Meaning Sweet and Sour Fish is made with pineapple juice and vinegar, the fish that was served to me was little pieces of pan seared flake drowned in a dark gravy of some sort with frozen peas and corn used as a garnish on top.
I’m guessing the garnish was to either hide the fact that the chef had no clue what he was cooking? Or maybe the garnish was to put a smile on my face and silently say I’m sorry for this mess please forgives me.
None the less I am not one to waste food so I ate this meal taking all that was around me into consideration for example the colorful walls displayed with art Nouveau and dynasty prints, the pretty lampshades that lit up the room, the Christmas tree colored tablecloths that complimented the thick wooden chopsticks that were presented to our table that looked like they had been sharpened at the ends to avoid contamination. Is it really that hard to buy disposable wooden chopsticks? And the trophy on display that glistened in the distance behind the fake waterfall was that really for the best duck or Chinese restaurant in Belgrade?
In terms of the service I received I was happy with the young waiter who served our table he obviously enjoys his work it was quite apparent that the waitress who served with him did not enjoy her job, as she was very impatient in tone and in the way she treated us. I must admit it was nice to see the head chef step out into the restaurant and make his presence known by standing there with such a serious look as if to say hey it is I who has cooked your food look at me and never forget me, bravo to chef! I will never forget your meal I promise you.
As a tourist here in Belgrade for the first time I am like any other tourist I hope to get what I paid for and well I hope my comments on this restaurant will be seen more as being constructive rather than a means to make ones business a living hell. I wish Peking Duck Belgrade all the best.
I mean on a personal level I never thought I would have the urge to eat asian in Serbia but hey what I can say is that after such an experience Belgrade did deliver an amazing Japanese experience.
I managed to find by chance a really nice Japanese restaurant called Moon sushi and fusion food
Here people is where you should go if you want to eat decent Japanese in Belgrade and the customer service was outstanding and Bravo to the chef and his Wasabi cream sauce uff magnificent!