Eat and Drink in my Prishtina


AdsızThe capital city of Kosova, a small newly independent country, is around 570 km squared, with a population of approximately 400,000. This makes for a city full of love hate relationships, where you are never invisible.

To understand business in this city, one must understand the daily routines of its trendy young population. Once you’ve understood this you will evidently know that coffee and bear are on the daily to do list. Socialising is key in this town, it can be a lonely place if you have no friends, this is virtually impossible to occur with such friendly and curious people around.

I’ve been exploring this city for most of my life and am finally seeing major changes and growth occurring in Prishtina city, mentally and physically. If you ever find yourself in this city, here are some places that will amaze you, welcome you and make you laugh. Beware this review is for those that do not live in the city the rest of you are probably aware of these easily accessible places. As a tourist you will not need help finding these places.

Here’s a pallet guide to my city, the places that promise a positive vibe and just a plethora of quality drinks as well as mouth-watering unforgettable munches! I’m going to mix it up and talk about a food venue then a drink venue so in no particular order of preference, here they are:

  • Papirun (No Fork)

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Visit this cosy little food venue for THE best sandwiches you will ever eat! And that’s a promise. You might think ‘hmmm sandwich…boring’ ummm hell no! This place keeps it simple, which if you haven’t noticed by now I really appreciate. You will have a choice between a few sandwiches even salads (let’s stick to the sandwiches). The all-time favourite and highly recommended would be the ‘Crunch’. Order a Crunch and come back a changed human. The Crunch consists of succulent juicy chicken breast fillet deep fried and covered in crispy cornflakes… yes I just said cornflakes! Coating this immaculate chicken piece is the signature sauce that is home made, mayonnaise? Nope umm mayo and ketchup… I could spend all day trying to figure it out. All this hugged by fresh homemade flatbread soaking up some of that generously applied sauce. Yep that’s a sandwich I go back for every second day, all at the price of €2.40. Once you go Crunch, no other food will you ever Munch!

  • Dit e Nat (Day and Night)

IMG_5110This is a place that changed the youth of the city. I know you’re asking ‘how can a café bar change generations?’ I’ll tell you how, by introducing literature! Until this place socialising did not involve intellectual talks (between teenagers that is) about books or theories or even discussion of school projects. Dit e Nat is a small self-service coffee house book shop where you can visit to have coffee reading a great book, eat a vegetarian meal from their new menu, or even come to at night and try their local draft beers. The staff is always welcoming, and how often do you visit a place where the regulars play their music and the owner socialises with you. Let’s not forget the main house member, Lule the cat. She’s a huge hit at the place, comforting all those in need. By the way if you’re having a glass of wine, try their amazing cheese cake with a cherry on top, try it with the tea too, also the coffee… just eat the cheese cake. With their new renovation Day and Night have clicked into the trendy open space interior that is popular in Prishtina at the moment within the crowd of artists and hipsters.

  • Tokyo

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For someone that lives in London, getting used to the fact there is no Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Jamaican food in anyone’s daily menu is crazy. I have however found a Japanese Sushi restaurant that could beat 80% of sushi restaurants in London. Tokyo is a tacky restaurant if we’re judging interior and atmosphere however sometimes over the top is needed, particularly in a city where Asian culture is being introduced. The service is interesting to say the least, the lady of the restaurant is bubbly, polite, and always ready for action. As entertaining as she is and cheesy the interior, the food is immaculate. I highly recommend the mixed sushi platter that comes with a salad and soup for two. This would be my preferred platter not because it tastes better than the rest unfortunately but because it’s more on your plate for a little less than the rest. The prices at Tokyo are considerably higher than most restaurants in Prishtina. However for those of you that live in Europe these prices are still cheaper than back home that’s for sure. So put on your Kimono and awkward shoes and have an exotic Asian meal in the middle of the Balkans.

  • Restaurant Gresa

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There’s something special about Gresa, they appreciate delicate pallets, so fear not if you’re not into experimenting with your food and you want your steak to be medium-well in the middle of your plate with just enough of everything, your pasta to be not al dente, not soggy but just right! Because that’s how you like your food and it’s not too much to ask to have ingredients together how you’re used to having them and presented in a normal way no fussing around! Then Gresa is perfect for you. They really haven’t gone wrong with anything on their menu yet. More specifically the sea food platter is great, there’s a mix of fish, squid, prawns and vegetables, good for two. The restaurant shows its true spirit in Spring when they take on an Asparagus menu supporting Kosovo’s Asparagus farmers, offering you Asparagus soup, starter, main and sides.

  • Soma

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The new comer has definitely made a statement on its arrival. This place is a bar, restaurant, café and also sells books, sound familiar? Its location is 30m from Dit e Nat. So what makes this place different to Day and Night? Soma is an industry, it’s the New York compared to Amsterdam. Both unique and appealing in their own ways however Soma is larger, flashier and louder to be in. There is not a moment where this place is empty, their cocktails are spectacular and the interior is to die for. The best part however is their garden, where you can sit with a bitter cocktail snacking on a mountain of chicken fingers under the twinkle of their lights.

  • Hemingway

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Hemingway is one of the few sea food restaurants and now has a new location in an enclosed complex Marigona, on the outskirts of Prishtina. The setting is peaceful with something for everyone. Around the restaurant you have a selection of fancy shops, hairdressers and children’s play areas, all catered to a perfect evening with the family. Hemingway is a family run business and meals here are always personal and customised to your taste. The chef is great at what he does, offering his own recipes. Hemingway pays close attention to taste and presentation, providing you with the fine dining you set out for. The prices are great for sea food in a landlocked country. The mixed sea food platter is my personal favourite; this is a meal that you will thoroughly enjoy in the moment but even more when it’s over. I have had daydreams of this meal and have always had a great time at the restaurant.

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Le Relais de Venise


On that particular day, unlike most days, we decided it was a good idea to eat out and that we didn’t mind venturing out into the city as long as it was a good place because we were very hungry.

So I picked the place and based my decision upon a close friends suggestion, and he’s the kind of guy that you trust he definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to food. He suggested that we visit this place because the meat is exquisite and as meat eaters we would love it there. We got in the car and set of to the restaurant on Marylebone Lane. Parked the car, got out and set of to find the place. We probably walked passed it twice due to its conspicuous name and small font. We then had to carefully place ourselves in the cue that had formed outside (because the restaurant doesn’t do reservations). As we waited I peered in through the restaurant windows to see what people were eating and what we should expect, all I could see on people’s plates was fries, the waitress had a large plate full of fries too, she was handing out extras to scattered people. I saw empty plates so I guessed the food must have been great!

Hungry and curious it was finally our turn to be seated. Once we sat and got comfortable the waitress came over without a menu and looking ready to snap at whoever questioned her next. So I knew asking for a menu would be outrageous, I simply asked her what they have, to which she replied very simply ‘the steak with fries’….I understood that this place was keeping things simple, which I really appreciate in a hungry state. However for a vegetarian at the table there seamed to only be one option, the cheese plater. Once we ordered and got our drinks blah blah blah the food finally arrived. Sorry I mean the sad looking salad starter which I hated, covered in strong lip stinging mustard and sparsely sprinkled in walnuts, it was a true struggle to find them in the two leaves in that plate.

The real food finally arrived after that, not very flattering looking the plate seamed like something I would have got together at home quick. Yet refusing to judge a book on its cover I waited to try the meat. cutting through the thin slices of meat I felt with my knife exactly what it would taste like. I knew it would be soft, juicy, strong in flavour and melt in your mouth, I just knew it! It was great. Scoffed down in about five minutes that was my meal gone. I watched as my vegetarian friend sat on the side nibbling her four cheeses which she fought with the waitress for, apparently they have a very strict allowance as to how much cheese you get on your plate. I felt bad for her and her cheeses knowing that I had just eaten a lovely part of a steak…. or had I. That is exactly what I felt, as though I had imagined eating the meat. The waitress came over with the second half of our steak and more fries. Lovely! I’m allowed to eat more, thank you miss waitress, thank you Le Relais de Venise, thank you for allowing me to eat what I paid a large sum of money for.

This is how that moment felt…. I’m still very hungry

 

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Dirty Burger


Being taken to Dirty Burger for the first time, driven around the long way making sure that I am disorientated. We finally get there and I’m amazed at how bright and obvious the restaurant is, considering my friends had gone on and on about how hidden it is. Little did I know we would be going ruound the back, where I expected the main restaurants bins where, the fire exit or a group of chefs smoking. To my surprise I am presented with a small metal mesh cube with an industrial door and a hand painted sign saying ‘Dirty Burger Open’.

Walking in the shack I was pleasantly surprised by the thick heat moistened with friendly acceptance, I could tell this was where I would come back again and again. This was even before I had tasted their ONE burger… so listen to this…

The simple hungry human craves a simple filling menu, what better than to be presented with ONE option beating them allll! and if you’re feeling on the complicated side then you have a choice of two sides! So I made my choices and sat down at the ONE table they had with all the other Dirty ‘members’ eating their small chunky burgers passionately. Mine was ready for me abruptly…

I bit into it and knew from the moment my teeth sank into the bun, the beef, crunched through the pickle and stretched at the cheese, this was a great burger. Moist yet crisp the burger gifted my mouth with different textures. For some reason this particular burger was different from all the others…why I will never know and this is the reason I continue to return to the warm shack in search for answers…. right?

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