Restoran Porto Bello: Lunch in Stari Grad
My girlfriend and I ate lunch at Restoran Porto Bello during our day trip to Trebinje in May 2012.
This local restaurant, which is attached to Hotel Porto Bello, is located in the heart of the Stari Grad region of the city.
When we arrived, the dining room was busy with a party of school children, so we made our way to an enclosed courtyard which was quieter. There were only a few tables in the courtyard; a couple in the sun and a couple in the shade. We sat at one of the shaded tables and studied the menu (which was in both Bosnian and English).
The menu featured a selection of salads, soups and seafood (squid and trout), but was largely dominated by meat dishes. The extensive choice included beefsteaks, veal, lamb, grilled pork, chicken fillets, kebabs, sausages, liver and much more.
We shared a couple of starters from the "Cold Antipasti" section of the menu. They came on a combined platter and were accompanied by juicy green olives, lettuce and a basket of crusty bread:
Domestic Smoked Ham - Price: 8 KM / £3.20
Seven pieces of ham which rolled out into large slices. It was nicely cured with a slightly smoky taste.
Cheese - Price: 6 KM / £2.40
Eight slices of a slightly salty local cheese.
We both chose our main courses from the meat section of the menu. I went for:
Njegushi Steak - Price: 12 KM / £4.80
A Montenegrin speciality; a pork steak stuffed with melted cheese and thick pieces of cooked ham. It was serves with a portion of salty (and quite greasy) french fries. I enjoyed it, but it was very filling.
Emma opted for:
Veal Risotto - Price: 10 KM / £4 and Peas - Price: 2 KM / £0.80
This was the strangest risotto either of us had ever seen...it contained no rice at all! Instead, it featured lots of tender veal in an oily tomato based sauce. The peas came on the same plate and there was a little salad as an accompaniment. It wasn't at all what Emma was expecting, but she enjoyed it nonetheless.
I had a 330 ml bottle of Serbian Jelen beer (2.5 KM / £1) to drink and Emma had a bottle of still mineral water (1.5 KM / £0.60).
A good selection of local meat dishes in the heart of Stari Grad.
Poslasticarnica GRK: Ice cream sundaes in Stari Grad
We stopped for ice cream at Poslasticarnica GRK during a day trip to Trebinje in May 2012.
This cafe/ice cream parlour is located in the heart of Stari Grad and occupies a quiet pavement location with long rows of seats and tables shaded by tall trees.
The choice of ice cream sundaes is very impressive; the brightly coloured menu stretches to several pages, while large picture boards display photos of the various unique creations.
Choose from a selection of exotic sounding fruit and ice cream combinations (such as "Malibu", "Cuba", "Tango" and "Brazil") or perhaps go for the "Venezia" which is served in a gondola shaped dish or the "River" which is also served in a boat and features a wafer sail.
As well as offering a huge choice of ice creams, Poslasticarnica GRK also offers incredible value for money; the majority of the sundaes range in price from 1 KM (£0.40) to 2.5 KM (£1).
I opted for a rather unusual looking:
Coko Stejk / Chocolate Steak - Price: 2 KM / £0.80
Four balls of chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and nuts to look like a beef steak. This was accompanied by two half peaches surrounded by whipped cream to look like fried eggs!
Emma opted for:
Gigi - Price: 2.5 KM / £1
Four balls of strawberry and blackcurrant ice cream in a glass sundae dish, topped with whipped cream, sliced strawberries and strawberry syrup.
As well as a plethora of ice cream sundaes, GRK also offers a selection of coffees, teas, hot chocolate, milkshakes and soft drinks.
Excellent value ice cream sundaes in a shaded cafe in Stari Grad. Highly recommended!
Cafe Bar Jaz: Cold drinks on a lovely riverside terrace
We stopped for much-needed cold drinks on the terrace at Cafe Bar Jaz during a hot afternoon of sightseeing in Trebinje in May 2012.
The cafe itself would be unremarkable but for the fact that it offers a raised terrace with outdoor tables overlooking the Trebisnijca river and offering great views of Perovica Bridge a couple of hundred metres away.
We had the terrace to ourselves when we visited, so we sat at the edge, relaxing and soaking up the views of the river and surrounding mountains while sipping ice cold Fanta Orange (2 KM / £1 a bottle).
The drinks were a little more expensive than they would have been in the town centre, but it was worth paying a little extra for the tranquil setting and beautiful views.
A relaxing cafe with a wonderful riverside terrace. Recommended!
Amici Per La Pelle ("Friends For Life"): Pavement cafe on Trg Slobode
We stopped for morning drinks at Amici Per la Pelle ("Friends For Life") cafe during our day trip to Trebinje in May 2012.
This is one of several pavement cafes located along the edge of Trg Slobode; a large square that hosts an outdoor farmers' market just outside the walls of the old town.
The temperatures were already climbing, so we sat ourselves down at an outdoor table in the welcome shade provided by one of several large green Niksicko Pivo parasols.
The menu consisted of a single laminated piece of card and featured a selection of coffees, teas, hot chocolate, fruit juices, soft drinks, wines, beers, spirits and liqueurs. The choice of beers included draught Niksicko (from Montenegro) and bottled Jelen, Heineken, Bavaria, Tuborg and Staropramen (each at 2.5 KM / £1 a bottle). The wine selection included local Vranac wines and the extensive list of spirits and liqueurs provided excellent value for money (between 1 and 3 KM (£0.40 and £1.20 a shot).
There was a small food section in the bottom corner of the menu which included sandwiches, cakes, pastries and ice cream sundaes.
I opted for an espresso coffee (1 KM / £0.40) to wake me up and a draught Niksicko beer (1.5 KM / £0.60) to cool me down, while Emma enjoyed a Sprite (2 KM / £0.80).
A pleasant pavement cafe by the central market in Trebinje. An extensive list of drinks and an ideal spot for some people watching.
TDS: What A Meat!!!
Not so far from the center of the town, this is one of the best restaurants I ever ate at. We were to told to go there and eat meat and they were freaking right! Ambience is fine, service is good and personnel is lovely.
Favorite Dish: Four people bill:
- 1 big mixed meat (wonderful) for two people (more or less 6 libras) with vegetables;
- 2 big mixed meat (wonderful) for one person (more or less 2,5 libras) with vegetables;
- 2 mixed salads;
- 1 dish of fresh tomatoes with krauts;
- 4 bottles of water;
- 3 cans of Coke;
- 2 crepes with chocolate;
- 1 express coffee.
Total bill 30 euros
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