Tri Šešira Belgrade Reviews
Bohemian atmosphere Jun 24, 2014
Over 150 years old bohemian quarter Skadarlija/Skadarska Street is well-known for its restaurants, most of which, entertain their customers with life music in the evenings. Very few of the original small houses along this cobblestone street with lanterns and candelabra still remain. The old building of Tri Šešira Inn from 19th century has been transformed into Tri Šešira (Three Hats) restaurant where one can taste the traditional Serbian cuisine.
This is probably the most famous restaurant in Skadarlija, which we had recommended to us by few locals. ‘It is more expensive than other restaurants’ many said, but to our surprise, we didn’t find the statement to be quite true.
We walked in into the restaurant on one of June evenings. It started raining heavily, but the evening was still very warm. To no surprise, the outside terrace was completely packed, with some tables already taken inside as well. We were pre-warned by a waiter that they didn’t have any outside tables available tonight, and if we wanted to dine there, we would have to sit inside. We decided to stay and were promptly taken to a table by the window. Not quite the same as sitting outside, but since we never reserved, we had to be glad we got a table.
The waiter brought out the menu for us to browse, and took our drink order – Jelen pivo it was. Since we spent already some time in Montenegro and Bosnia, we recognised some of the dishes on the menu. We wanted to try something local though, so we waited for the waiter to arrive to ask him some ‘food’ questions.
He swiftly pointed to us the regional and national specialities and we were ready to order – fresh tomato salad served with black olives and cheese; domestic soup with dumplings; pleskavica and traditional sopska salad.
Before our meal arrived, we received a basket of fresh bread – quite a tradition for ex-Yugoslavian countries. Shortly arrived the salads followed by the rest of the meal.
The food was tasty indeed. Fresh and nicely presented. Nothing to complain about in terms of flavour or quality. To our disappointment though, it wasn’t much different from all the nice restaurants we visited during our trip so far. And maybe because we heard so much about this place, we were a little let down. Not by the quality of food, or the place itself, but simply by experience so similar to many previous ones.
The place looked cosy and rustic with old features well preserved and traditional interior. The life band was playing for the guests. Although they came in inside to entertain us, I think we felt a little left out with 90% of the customers sitting outside.
The overall experience of the restaurant was fine. The only thing it lacked was the WOW factor after being claimed as the best restaurant in the city.
I would still recommend a visit here, especially for those who haven’t travelled too much in the area, since the restaurant is located in a very interesting district and serves good traditional Serbian food for not much of a price.
Total paid for the entire meal – about €12.
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