Fish restaurant Saran in Zemun, Belgrade, photo by placescases.com

Let’s have fish by the river Danube in restaurant Saran, Zemun, Belgrade. 

Saran score by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 5 out of 5.

April 2019


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Zemun is a district of Belgrade, but only since 1934. Previously it was an independent city, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and at some point of Croatia. There’s a specific architecture, steep cobbled streets and even a tower from ancient times that seemed to spikes the sky with its sharp peak. It is situated on the Danube river. For this reason, the coastal street is full of pubs. One of them is the fish restaurant Saran. It was recommended to us by friends, Bulgarians, who live in Belgrade. In Serbian saran means carp.

See ….

As they have written on one board inside, Saran has a “traditional, pleasant ambiance”.

…. With its fairy-tale windows frames and white walls outside, the restaurant tempts you to enter. It’s a little hard to park around, but it’s not impossible. You can stop at the paid parking on the waterfront or at the restaurant next door for a fee (the latter is a bit unofficial);

…. The interior is also very impressive– neat draperies, cyclamen in  pots on the tables, painted fishes on the walls and ceiling, old candlesticks;

…. The metal pot with a ladle to serve yourself the fish soup;

…. A wide selection of fresh fish– perch, turbot, durada, sea bream, crab, sturgeon… They had also octopus and shrimps;

…. The restaurant offers not only fish;

…. In the beginning , as a complement, they bring a starter of mashed white cheese with garlic, olive oil, a light dressing of dried tomatoes, with chopped parsley sprinkled with sesame;

Feel ….

…. A smiling girl stands at the entrance and immediately settles the clients. The restaurant has indoor room, summer garden and garden on the beach, with nice view to the Danube river;

…. Our waiter spoke Bulgarian, he used to work in Bulgaria and was pleased to assist us in our choice for the order.

Hear ….

…. Wonderful arrangements of traditional music– acoustic performances of Serbian folk music, Roma folklore slightly jazzy- super cool!

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Smell ….

 …. The local white wine Morava, with a stress on O- it had light petroleum notes and herbs. A little reminding of Riesling. It went well with the fish;

…. The mild flavors of freshwater fish– not obtrusive like the sea and it went perfectly well with the garlic sauce they served us;

…. The garnish of spinach with potatoes, seasoned with braised garlic had extremely appetizing smell.

Taste ….

…. Perch– we had a whole fish, it was extremely delicious;

…. Shrimp and octopus were also very good;

…. Deffinitely fish soup, but order exactly CHORBA, not soup. The soup is like minestrone and the Chorba is thicker, slightly spicy, red in color and extremely tasty. There were only a few but enough pieces of carp. It was a portion for two;

…. Local wine or rakia.

I imagine how nice it would be to have dinner in the terraces of Saran, on the bank of the Danube river! I recommend this place very much but put an effort to book a table in advance. Try to find time to have a walk along the small cobbled streets of Zemun.

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If you are interested to know where I stayed when I travelled to Belgrade, read Which one to choose-Hotel Nevski or Art Hotel in the center of Belgrade, Serbia? And Townhouse 27 hotel, within a stone’s throw length to the main pedestrian street in Belgrade, Serbia.

How to get to Saran in Belgrade?

Don’t worry about getting to Saran in Belgrade. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:

Кеј Ослобођења 53, Београд 11000, Сърбия

А: Кеј Ослобођења 53, Beograd 11000, Serbia

T: +381 69 2618235

Е: office@saran.co.rs

Open hours: Tue-Sun 12:00 am- 03:00am Mon – closed

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