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Belgrade is a 4-hours drive from Sofia and a very suitable place for a nice weekend.
In Belgrade you can see not only the sights of interest, but you will feel a lot of continuity from older times, when Serbia was not quite socialist, you will feel the Balkan color, but also new trends, you will taste delicious food and wonderful rakia (the local brandy). This place is eclectic, varied, very interesting and attractive.
So, here again we dedicate a long weekend to Belgrade.
This time, our local guides took us to a restaurant, which combines both Italian and the Serbian spirit- Lorenzo & Kakalamba.
This is how my senses perceived it.
…. You walk in and you gape with surprise from the stimuli for your eyesight. Total maximalism!Your mind cannot embrace everything that is on your eyes. Eclecticism, exceeding all your expectations and daring notions. From a hole on the floor you can see the kitchen, there are apples and violins under the table top, there is replica of the Terminator from the eponymous film. And there are cartoon characters. Not to tell you about the rustic installation of sheep upside down on the ceiling. Maybe they’re hinting to turn around for a while, to forget everything else and immerse ourselves in this colourful, fanciful world of surreality.
There’s not a single nook, not stuffed with any figurines, paintings, sculptures, decorations, even the ceiling!
You’d better see in the video below to understand what I’m talking about.
Big time paradox- I did not like this interior at all, but just because of this design I recommend you to go and see Lorenzo & Kakalamba!
Half a heart is busted for this overload of my eyesight, but nothing, it’s the charm of this restaurant.
…. Quite a long menu– I wonder if they manage to keep fresh products for all of it. Because of my big precautions to restaurants with large menus, half a heart is dropped;
…. You turn to the other table and WHAT???…. Come on! 🤪😄 seriously- BUMS? The backrests of the chairs are shaped like bums;
…. The presentation in the dishes is beautiful without being pretentious;
…. I see children’s portions in the menu- very good idea.
…. Like in a beehive – full of people, on Thursday night, but not unpleasant, because the space around each table is big enough. There are 2 halls, as far as I noticed;
…. Slow serving of orders. It’s a common occurrence, in a full-house, to have problems with this thing. Only the best manage to organize themselves so as not to omit such a mistake. They weren’t able to handle it here. The kids have been asking repeatedly when their dinner would come. It took long enough. They could at least serve the pasta and the kids ‘ pizza first, and we the adults had no problem to wait. However, everything was served altogether;
…. The staff spoke English and perfectly understood us in Bulgarian;
…. But something was not quite in tune with the organization-you ask about something, they forget to bring it you, otherwise they’re smiling and welcoming.
Because of the long waiting and the discomfort to repeat our requests constantly, 2 hearts flew away.
…. The music was seriously covered by the Italian thread – Italian style pop music.
… The Serbian veshalitsa is classic with its smoky aroma;
…. Wonderful plum rakia – with dark-copper color, aromatic and soft.
…. Not focaccia – tough and without taste. The dip served with it was made of yoghurt, and it did not help much;
…. The pasta was without flaws – the kids liked it a lot and me too;
…. The tagliata did not have the typical mustard sauce on top and it was not in thin slices as I am used to, but that was obviously their interpretation. The meat, however, was tender;
…. No floating islands, a French dessert, which was not exactly like the French version. The egg whites were somewhat dense, insufficiently airy, and the cream was not very airy, as if it contained more than the necessary flour;
…. Panna cotta was described by my friend who lives in Belgrade, as an ordinary Pavlaka, a local cream. It is clear that the meals are mix of Balkan and Italian cuisine, but if it is called panna cotta, it should be like real panna, not like pavlaka;
…. The red wine by glass was good – Merlot from Italy and Cabernet Sauvignon from Serbia. We tried with the desserts at the end sweet local wine. It was nice.
Food was not as delicious as elsewhere in Belgrade, but because they offered good wine by glass, only one heart dropped out, not two, as I was going to vote.
Watching movie time: 3 min.
To Lorenzo & Kakalamba you should go for its extravagancy. You will have fun, but don’t have great expectations about the food.
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Don’t worry about getting to Lorenzo&Kakalamba in Belgrade. Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:
А: Cvijićeva 110, Beograd 103614
T: +381 11 3295351
Mon-Thur, Sun 12-24
Fri and Sat 12-01
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