The place was warmly-lit, with wooden floors, tables and chairs. The cushions and table runners were, as My Bibe put it, "communist red." From the walls hung several photos of communist-era USSR (of which Yugoslavia was part), including some of their Olympic basketball team when they won the gold in Munich, Germany in 1972.
Blown-up photos of the Russian Olympic basketball team in Munich, 1972 in the background.
I've read that the place is owned by a former De La Salle Green Archer (Marko Batricevic) and it's actually his second restaurant already, the first being in San Juan (Balkan Express). It seems that the Serbian is proving to be quite the entrepreneur.
"Communist red" everywhere.
The menu was short, which was a relief because I don't necessarily enjoy going through a really extensive menu I'm not familiar with. The food was affordable and, as we discovered later, the portions were huge. Other than deciding on goulash (Php 250, can be split for sharing) for starters, we had help from the waitress with our other dishes. I didn't have a camera along, so I had to settle for my camera phone.
I tried their Piletina u Sacu (baked chicken) upon our waitress's suggestion since, according to her, they don't make it often. The chicken came with boiled potato wedges and some cabbage strips in vinegar and pepper. The chicken was tasty and rich, which was balanced by the palate-cleansing effect of the cabbage.
Piletina u Sacu (Php 290).
My Bibe had Sarma, which consisted of three pickled cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and rice, with mashed potato on the side. I loved it. It wasn't something that comes out of the usual onion and garlic sauté. There was a certain sourness and flavor to it that I can't break down the ingredients of. It may not look that appealing from a food porn viewpoint but I'd definitely recommend this dish.
For dessert we shared an order of Palacinke, traditional Serbian pancakes with Nutella. Yummy!
Palacinke (Php 120).
We were pleased with both the food and the service. And being the creatures of habit that My Bibe and I are, it looks like we just found ourselves a new place to frequent. Next time I'm bringing a real camera, though.
Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking is open daily (yes, including Sundays) from 11am to 10pm. It's located at the ground floor of Maripola Building, 109 Perea Street, Makati City. It's almost directly across The Shang Grand Tower. You can check out their Facebook page here.