Why did Mezestoran Dvorište in Belgrade make us question whether we should trust the Michelin Guide completely?
Mezestoran Dvorište is a restaurant predominantly offering Greek cuisine, located in the central part of Belgrade, which is included in the Michelin Guide’s list of restaurants. I want to emphasize that it has not been awarded any stars or Bib Gourmand status.
For Serbia, the Michelin Guide has included 22 restaurants, all from Belgrade. Unfortunately, Bulgaria has not yet achieved such high recognition from its inspectors. However, the fame of Michelin ratings is significant, and inevitably, people consult their lists when choosing a good restaurant.
However, I never expected that a venue identified by Michelin could be this underwhelming. If I had experienced Dvorište without the preconceived notion of their possession of the red Michelin plaque, I wouldn’t have scrutinized minor failures as closely. However, the impressive association with this renowned brand on their establishment prompted me to adopt a more critical perspective.
Why am I so critical, and whether I am being slightly unfair to Dvorište, read further in the review for more details. Feel free to comment under the post if you don’t agree.
Rating for Mezestoran Dvorište by the 5D Sensograph of placescases.com: 3.8 out of 5.
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Experience accents as per the 5D Sensograph:
See beautiful interior inside, paintings and decoration plates on the walls. However, outside in the smoking area, there is a cigarettes smoke and smell, and lack of enough oxygen in the “winter garden” which I would compare more to an “aquarium” than a garden.
Feel good service, a very kind and warm waiter, but in the so-called winter garden, it was cold because it had to be aired occasionally.
Hear ь bit of Greek music, a bit of international hits, mainly radio- there’s not much effort put into the musical background.
Smell mainly cigarette smoke in the winter garden.
Taste the cuisine includes representatives of Mediterranean cuisine, mainly Greek, not very like their authentic counterparts and are far from being as tasty.
To learn more about Mezestoran Dvorište and decide if you should visit it, keep reading the publication. I just describe my impressions, but you may have different experience if you give it a chance.
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… The interior in the main part of the restaurant is nice: interesting paintings and decorative plates add character to the place. The winter garden doesn’t impress with anything. The restaurant’s access it through a nondescript alley, which is a little unattractive, but it’s not that much of a problem.
… The menu mainly features Greek cuisine, with some representatives from the Balkan region as well.
… Pleasant and friendly service, but slow order delivery: apparently, it’s a standard in Serbian restaurants to wait long for the main course. Serbians enjoy lingering in restaurants without consuming quickly. Respectively, the serving is slow and prolonged. In fact, I don’t know what the primary cause is – whether the tradition of lingering meals provokes slow service or vice versa, slow service leads to lingering meals. The main room of the restaurant was empty, but we were directed outside to the “aquarium” for smokers. Perhaps they were expecting later reservations and didn’t want to risk seating us in the main hall, fearing we might stay there for 4 hours and disrupt their reservations. We didn’t want to linger for so long, but that’s exactly how long we had to spend there due to slow service.
… Mostly radio music: Greek and various international hits.
… Quite noisy in the winter garden: the music wasn’t very audible because people were chatting in loud voices, laughing, and due to the lack of textiles and normal walls, it was as noisy as in a train station.
Movie-watching time: 1:10 min.
… Cigarette smoke in the winter garden: ventilation consisted of opening a window, which made it cold. In Serbian establishments, smoking is allowed, but most have excellent ventilation and do not become smoky. That was not the case here.
… Unpleasant smell in the pork gyros: my genes tell me not to eat it when it smells like that. You can find out more about the connection with genes in my post WHY PORK CHOPS CAN SMELL UNPLEASANT?
… Mediterranean, mainly Greek cuisine, which is not up to par: unfortunately, every average restaurant in Greece prepares much better food. Here are some of the observations:
- Tzatziki was very sour, salty, and garlicky.
- I also didn’t like the Gyros, I explained above the reason.
- The recipes don’t seem authentic – Dakos had nothing in common with what we’ve eaten in Halkidiki or Crete, where the recipe originates.
- The smallest flaw is the lack of complimentary desserts.
However, for the sake of transparency and honesty, I would recommend some of the dishes we tasted:
… Beetroot salad with yogurt and walnuts: very tasty, the sweet beetroot complements the slightly tangy yogurt well. The walnuts crunch pleasantly and add aroma.
… Izmir kebap is really worth it: it consists of kebabs made from veal and lamb, on Greek pita, with tomato sauce and sour cream. It’s very delicious!
… Fish fillet and potatoes– well roasted and pleasant.
… Cream pie: a typical representative of oriental desserts, well-made with a delicate cream placed between crispy phyllo sheets, not too sweet, wonderful!
Overall, Mezestoran Dvorište is not bad- their cuisine has quite a few good hits, but try to reserve a spot in the main hall and avoid the tzatziki. However, if you don’t visit it, you won’t lose anything. There are many more interesting places in Belgrade that are much more satisfying. Just explore the blog section @World, and Serbia subcategory, or put the keyword Belgrade in the search bar.
How to get to Mezestoran Dvorishte?
Just use the Google map here by clicking on the red pin of its location and then select directions:
A: Svetogorska 46, Beograd 11000, Serbia
Open hours: 09:00-23:00, Mon- closed
How to book your stay?
I recommend that you check the packages that the hotel offers on their website because they are very affordable. But for your convenience, I have also put a box on booking.com. Compare the prices and choose an option.
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