January 16, 2019 Uncategorized No Comments

Apetit


Sunday in Sarajevo is a quiet affair with many businesses and restaurants closed, meaning a degree of planning is required. Coupled with the blanket of slippery ice and snow that covered the place, this meant that I opted to lunch at a place I was sure opened on Sundays and was also relatively close by. 

Apetit fit the bill being both in the heart of the old town and not looking particularly tourist trappy.

I found the place sparsely populated but this was all to the good as it meant I had the full attention of the kitchen and the excellent front of house man. Both looked after me in very fine style.

Their board proclaimed that you could build your own dishes from the broad range of ingredients they stocked, but their menu held such an array of tempting options that this was not necessary.

I chose two starters beginning with the fish soup then moving on to the beef carpaccio, then followed with a main of squid ink risotto with seafood.

Things took a minute or two to get going – I was the first customer of the day – but the soup soon arrived and looked very susbstantial. An aromatic tomato broth was packed with seafood including chunky white fish, mussels, king prawns and squid. It was an excellent opener.

The carpaccio to follow was very good, too. The slicing of the beef was slightly rustic but the flavour was excellent with the accompanying caper berries particularly good.

The main course did not stint on the squid ink with a deeply dark risotto encasing a fairly similar seafood assortment to the opening soup. The squid in particular was very well cooked. It was another high quality dish on which to end.

Overall, Apetit served me the best meal I had in Sarajevo. With extremely good wines from the region in accompaniment, the food was of very good quality reflecting both well-sourced ingredients and skillful cooking. It would be my top tip for next time you’re in town.

Scores
Blythe scores Apetit
4.5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: fish soup, beef carpaccio, seafood black risotto

I drank: Slovenian white, Italian primitivo, Slovenian Riesling

I wore: warmest clothes available Total bill: 61 KM

Address: Bistro Apetit, Gazi Husrev-begova 62, 71000 Sarajevo
Written by BKR