уторак, 20. фебруар 2018.

Orašac

Mislim da nema Beograđanina koji nije čuo za čuveni restoran Orašac koji se nalazi na Bulevaru. U restoran Orašac su još svojevremeno moji roditelji odlazili na večere, i u to vreme Orašac je bio restoran poznat po odličnoj klopi, ljubaznom osoblju i sjajnoj atmosferi. Decenijama kasnije odlučila sam se da im budem gost i uredno sam rezervisala sto u nepušačkom delu za petak veče. 

Restoran Orašac
Već pri samom ulazu u restoran i sa prvim kontaktom sa osobljem bilo mi je jasno da su se ovde mnoge stvari promenile. Konobar je smeteno pretraživao listu sa rezervacijama, da bi nas onda prebacio kod kolege koji pošto je bio zauzet konverzacijom sa strancima je samo odmahnuo rukom i neljubazno nam pokazao prstom na sto za koji možemo da sednemo. A kada smo već kod stolova u restoranu, moram da napomenem da se restoran deli na dva dela, jednu prostoriju za pušače u kojoj gori kamin i svetlo je prigušeno kako i dolikuje da bude u večernjim satima, dok je deo za nepušače u prostoriji iza ove, sa kaminom koji nije u upotrebi i sa raspaljenim svetlom kao da ste došli u čekaonicu kod lekara, a ne u restoran na večeru. Bez ventilacije, otvorenih prozora, žamor ljudi se širio kroz celu prostoriju, i za koji god sto da sednete nećete imati svoju dozu intimnosti. 

Posle par minuta i nakon što sam došla sebi nakon neprijatnosti od strane jednog konobara, pojavio se drugi koji je bio zadužen za naš deo. Bio je finiji, doneo nam je kartu jela, a za kartu vina smo morali da ga dozivamo još desetak minuta. Nakon što smo napokon dobili piće, red je došao i na poručivanje hrane. Jedan od razloga što smo rešili da posetimo ovaj restoran bio je i da bismo probali jedan od glavnih specijaliteta ovog restorana - Hadžijski ćevap. Konobar nam je malo detaljnije objasnio kako se jelo priprema, međutim nakon par minuta vratio se uz rečenicu da im više nije ostalo namirnica za pripremu ovog jela. Na moju konstataciju da PETKOM UVEČE nemaju namirnice za specijalitet kuće, konobar je samo slegnuo ramenima. Interesantno, nema šta. Nakon daljeg razmišljanja i listanja po jelovniku odlučili smo se za plan B - Kumanovsko selsko meso (750 rsd) i Teleća rebra sa kajmakom i krompirom (1350 rsd). Zamalo da nam i plan B propadne pošto je konobar morao da proverava da li ima i namirnica za pripremu ovih jela, ali hvala Bogu bilo je. Uz ova jela rešili smo da probamo i Trljanicu (iliti Trljenicu (300 rsd) kako piše u jelovniku ovog restorana).

Teleća rebra sa kajmakom i krompirom 
Dok smo čekali svoja jela, atmosferu je pravio CD Saše Matića (koncert uživo) koji je uz žamor ljudi parao uši. U ovakvom restoranu očekivala sam da čujem starogradsku muziku i zvuke tambure, ali izgleda da ne doživljavamo svi na isti način stare beogradske kafane.

Kumanovsko selsko meso
Na pola koncerta Saše Matića konobar nam je doneo jela. Porcija sa telećim rebrima bila je presmešno mala, što se može videti i na slikama. Odnos cena - kvalitet jedna velika NULA. Ukus sasvim prosečan. Kumanovsko selsko meso bilo je mekano (što je jedina dobra stvar), i zajedno sa povrćem plivalo je u ulju i belom vinu, i bilo je preteškog ukusa. Što se tiče Trljanice, povrće se nije osećalo od ogromne količine sirćeta koje je bilo u njoj. Dok sam utehu tražila u čaši francuskog vina (koje je bilo jedino što me nije razočaralo), pojavila se i muzika uživo. Rekoh sebi napokon da makar odmorim uši uz zvuke starogradske muzike. Međutim ni muzika uživo nije bila dugog daha. Nakon nekih desetak minuta, otišli su u prostoriju za pušače i nikada se više nisu vratili, a nama je umesto Saše Matića, na red došao CD sa mixom narodnjaka.

Trljanica
Još jedna stvar koja mi je zapala za oko je da su goste ovog restorana činili uglavnom mlađi ljudi do 25 godina, i već gore pomenuti stranci, što je još samo jedan znak da su starije generacije odustale od ovog restorana.

Dok smo plaćali račun, žalila sam za svakim dinarom. Od onoga što je nekada bio restoran Orašac, ostali su samo oronuli zidovi sa slikama Karađorđa. I što kaže Saša Matić - Ko rukom odneto - nestala je ona magija koja je nekada ovde postojala kada su moji roditelji ovde dolazili na prve ljubavne sastanke.

Voli vas vaša Nada by Gastro policija!!


NAPOMENA: Postoji mogućnost da je restoran uneo neke izmene u jelovnik do objavljivanja posta na blog.
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I think there’s not a single person from Belgrade who hasn’t heard of the famous restaurant Orašac, which is located on King Aleksandar boulevard. In the past, my parents went out for dinner there, and in those times Orašac was a restaurant known for its excellent food, polite staff and great atmosphere. Decades later, I decided to be their guest, so I booked a table in the non-smoking area, on a Friday night.
Restaurant Orašac
Already at the entrance to the restaurant, also with the first encounter with the staff, it was clear to me that many things had changed here. The waiter had a puzzled look on his face while searching through the reservations list, so he called his colleague, but since he was engaged in a conversation with foreign tourists, he only waved his hand and unkindly pointed us at one of free tables. And speaking of the tables in the restaurant, I have to mention that the restaurant is divided into two areas, the smoking area with a burning fireplace and with perfectly dimmed lights, while the non-smoking area is in the room behind this one, with a fireplace that is not in use and with a bright light that makes you feel like you came in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. No ventilation system, only open windows, you can hear people talking throughout the room, and wherever you sit you won’t have your dose of intimacy.

Few minutes later, and after I came to after the discomfort, here comes another waiter who was in charge of that part of the restaurant. He was nicer, he brought us the menu, but for another ten minutes we had to catch his attention to get the wine list. After we finally got our drinks, the time has come to order some food. One of the reasons we decided to visit this restaurant was to try one of their main specialties - Hadzijski kebab. The waiter explained to us in a bit more detail how the dish is prepared, but after a few minutes he returned saying that they had no ingredients left for the preparation of this dish. To my conclusion that, on a FRIDAY NIGHT, they don’t have the ingredients for the specialty of the house, the waiter only shrugged his shoulders. Interesting... After further thinking, we decided for plan B - Village meat of Kumanovo (750 rsd) and Veal ribs with kaymak and potatoes (1350 rsd). Our plan B almost failed as the waiter had to check if there is enough ingredients for the preparation of these dishes, but thank God, there was. With these dishes we decided to try Trljanica salad(or Triljenica (300 rsd) as it says in the menu of this restaurant).
Veal ribs with kaymak and potatoes
As we waited for our dishes, we had a chance to listen to the CD of Saša Matić (live album) in a background, who, along with the noise of people talking, wasn’t the best music to our ears. In this kind of restaurant I expected to hear some older folk music and the sounds of tamburitza players, but it seems that not all of us experience old Belgrade taverns all the same.
 Village meat of Kumanovo
Half of Saša Matić’s concert later, the waiter brought us our food. The portion of veal ribs was ridiculously small, as can be seen in the photos. Price-quality ratio - ZERO. Average taste. Village meat of Kumanovo- the meat was tender (which was the only good thing), and together with vegetables, it was swimming in grease and white wine, it sat heavy on my stomach. As for Trljanica, I couldn’t taste the vegetables since there was a lot of vinegar in the salad. As I looked for comfort in a glass of French wine (which was the only thing that didn’t disappoint me), live music appeared. Finally to rest my ears for a bit with the sounds of older folk music, I said to myself. However, live music didn’t last long. After about ten minutes, they went to the smoking area and never came back, and instead of Saša Matić, we listened a turbo-folk mix CD.
Trljanica
Another thing that caught my eye is that the guests of this restaurant are mostly younger people, up to 25 years old, and as I already mentioned foreign tourists, which is just another sign that the older generations gave up on this restaurant.

While we were paying the bill, I regretted every penny. From what used to represent the restaurant Orašac, only decrepit walls with photos of Karadjordje remained. And as Saša Matić would say – Carried away - the magic, that once existed here when my parents came to this place for their first dates, has disappeared.

Love, Nada Gastro police !!


NOTE: There is a possibility that the restaurant has made some changes to the menu prior to this post.