Franš – a valuable discovery in Belgrade, Serbia
Franš score by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 5 out of 5.
Franš (Fransh) is such a restaurant in Belgrade where you know from the entrance that you will eat very tasty there in a really cozy atmosphere. Be careful, thought, not to overeat and get too much full! 😉
The Serbian cuisine is very delicious and the rakia (the local brandy, like grappa but much better) are very drinkable and tasty, and the local wine variety Vranac is really worth trying.
Restaurant Franš is designed to meet both the expectations of families with children and businessmen, who can have their business lunches there. There are booths for the latter cases. Valet parking is available. The garden is huge and there is also a terrace. A great place to celebrate an occasion, to bring tourist guests or business partners for a nice meal treatment, and why not just to indulge yourself in the middle of the working week. It is not by accident that the place is being preferred by show-stars, politicians, businessmen, writers.
…. Straight from the entrance of Franš you are captured by the little cute details like a tea-cup on a chain, lights, pots with flowers… lots of flowers, tablecloths, cloth napkins, paintings, chests with different diopter spectacles to lend you, if you have forgotten your own, huge salt and pepper mills, old books and watches on shelves, impeccably tidy and beautiful;
…. One of the coolest, most mega-hot toilets I have reviewed.
I believe that the toilet is that room, which is often neglected, and it shows how much owners/managers are invested in the comfort of their customers. The toilet of Franš is literary a rest room, meaning room for resting.
The sinks are covered with fig leaves, there are lots of pink petals for decoration, small cloths or napkins if you prefer them, toothbrushes, chewing gum, hand cream. There is a toilet for mothers with small children- with two pots, a baby seat, a small garden with cactuses and diapers changing station- so cute and wonderful, like in fairy tales. Mothers of older children can sit at the table with the two chairs in front of the cabins and guess what… drink a glass of bubble wine 😊. That’s right- there is a table with sparkling wine in an ice bucket, a bottle of carbonated and one of plain water as well as several glasses. For the first time, I didn’t ask the kids to hurry up. I was just sitting quietly and smiling with the glass of bubbles in my hand, contemplating the rose petals! Zen! Or Ding!, with your glass 😉 I noticed eventually that there was also a TV with a fashion channel on. You can stay there all night. Only this is not possible, because a super delicious food and even better drinks are waiting for you on your table.
…. Very polite service, they accommodate you immediately, bring you the menu, answer your questions. Since Bulgarian is Slavic language like Serbian, I spoke directly in Bulgarian and they got everything right and vice versa. You can fully trust the waiters to advise you on the choice of food and drinks. We did so and we were super happy with everything they recommended to us!
…. One of the rooms was for smokers and not separated from the non-smoking one. However, we did not feel cigarette smoke, at least not until I went to the toilet and saw/felt it. I suppose they had strong ventilation;
…. The pleasure of resting and relaxing in the rest-room, as I have already written about it in See…. category.
…. Hits from the ‘ 90s. It was nice to recall them;
…. Any other speech – there were both Serbs and many foreigners.
… Pear or apricot flavor in the respective rakia- don’t bother choosing, just try both;
…. The fruity aroma of the Vranac (a local variety of red wine) aged in barrels. It’s great, just try it!
…. The smell of freshly baked bread brought immediately after the order. Spread some cream on it while it is still warm from the oven;
…. Then try the Ayvar, the local chutney, made of peppers mainly. Great aroma of roasted peppers. Be careful not to fill yourself only with those two dips and the bread. Lots of delicious specialities are coming after;
…. Cream soup of mushrooms, called potaž. Thick, with a little cream-terribly delicious!
…. Our waitress recommended a calf head in tripe– this dish was served on a hot ceramic platter, with pieces of veal, tripe and peas. It’s probably made like a wine kebab because it’s very well stewed and smelled just like it. Incredibly tasty, especially combined with red wine Vranac.
… In Serbia, you should try kebapche (local specialty of minced meat), veshalitsa (local pork steak) and pleskavitsa (local steak of minced meat). However, in Franš you can enjoy much greater variety of traditional and not only cuisine.
If you are in Sofia and you are willing to visit Belgrade, to see its places of interest and taste its delicious cuisine, it is only 400 km away along the highway. There is also a direct flight. The hotels are good and some quite luxurious, located both close to the center and a little further away.
If you are curious to see Belgrade and you need to book your accommodation, you can do it here. For your convenience, I added a booking.com box, which redirects directly to their site. I guarantee you’re going to use all your genius discounts and privileges. Just enter the dates, then hit the Search button and voila. In addition, booking.com are doing their best to make sure that your expectations as a customer are fulfilled. I’ve described an example about the latter in my story about our stay in Shangri-La hotel in Singapore.
In case you are wondering which option to choose, read my post Which to choose-Hotel Nevsky or Art hotel in the center of Belgrade, Serbia?
Don’t worry about getting to Franš, in Belgrade. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:
А: 18a Oslobođenja blvd, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
T: +381 65 2641 94
Open hours: Mon- Sat 10:00- 24:00.
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