29 Aug A Foodies Guide to Montenegro
Located on the Southern Eastern coast of Europe and nestled on the Adriatic Sea is a place filled with winding roads, rugged mountains, and breathtaking beaches. It’s a country bursting with louder-than-life locals and a food culture that is as exciting as its scenery. Welcome, to Montenegro.
We understand that the promises of this beautiful place may have you packing your bags and booking a one-way plane ticket, but before you jet off into the sunset, there are a few things you ought to know.
Montenegro’s food-scene, much like the country itself, is not to be underestimated. Despite being small in size, Montenegro has at least three distinct regional styles: heartland food, mountain food, and coastal cuisine. Every region has its specialties but all incorporate delicious flavours and fresh produce.
The name says it all; this food comes from the heart. A classic Montenegrin dish is going to factor in two key components; smoke-dried ham and cheese. Anything with ‘Njeguški’ in its name is going to be a true Montenegrin dish and stuffed with these two ingredients.
Montenegro is filled with spectacular mountains to climb or simply marvel at from your dining table. From Kotor to Budva, Sveti Stafan to Perast, these destinations are more than popular tourist attractions, they are also home to some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars.
Traditional mountain food centres around one key ingredient; meat. A local favourite and overall showstopper is Brav u Mlijeku, lamb braised and roasted in milk. A hearty and filling meal that will be available to try throughout September in The Bistro.
With the Adriatic coastline comes some of the best seafood on the planet. Think char-grilled octopus, whole fish drowned in lemon and butter, squid ink pasta and other Italian-style dishes. You’ll find plenty of parsley, garlic and olive oil included in the majority of Montenegro’s coastal cuisines.
So, besides feeling hungry, you should also feel slightly more prepared to wine and dine in the dynamic and wonderful cities of Montenegro.
Want to try some of these dishes? The Bistro will be featuring three classic dishes daily throughout September.
– Karadjordjeva Schnitzel
– Montenegrin Lamb in Milk (Brav U Mlijeku)
Happy eating foodies!