Today on the Dining Diaries…
We visit a place that would have vegetarians quaking in their boots,
Balkan music played along nicely in the background while we ate food from the region and
We almost got into meat sweats territory!!
Diners today we were at Burek Lounge.
This place has been popping up on my facebook newsfeed for some time, tempting me with pictures of enormous meat platters at very reasonable prices.
It just seemed too good to be true!
I had no idea where hubby was taking me as we just continued driving south along Tapley’s Hill Rd in Adelaide’s Western Suburbs. Even if I ask he won’t tell me, I’m supposed to just enjoy the “
thing I can’t get out of” “surprise”
When he made the turn onto Grange rd, and then Findon rd, I twigged! We were going to Burek Lounge!
I’ve heard great things about this place so I was keen to see what it was like.
When we got there I was a bit disappointed as it’s just a small shop front. It didn’t look like a restaurant, more like a shop that was once a corner deli, with cleared floor space for tables and chairs. It was neat, clean and modern looking, just a lot smaller then I expected.
As soon as we got out the car though, I could smell BBQ meat!! I’m not a huge meat lover but it really had me salivating! It just smelt so good!
The gentleman behind the counter was a little shy and soft spoken but was eager to tell us about the food. He said the food comes from the general Balkan region and at the same time, I noticed the music which I guess was also from the Balkan region. Loved that!
The menu was full of meat items although they did have a vegetarian pastry… still, if you’re vegetarian I’m not sure that this is the place for you…
Sadly they didn’t have any fries, wedges or even dips. But that was ok too because the food we had was really quite exceptional!
I must admit, when he said “wood fired pastries” I was thinking desserts…. but no, they’re savoury pastries. Seeing as we were having heavy meat mains, we went for the spinach and ricotta pastry to share for an entree.
We had told him we were sharing so he took the liberty to cut it in half.
Hubby was not happy with that at all because when he says “share” he means I get thirty percent and he gets seventy percent.
I’m not sure what kind of pastry that is. Maybe filo? The pastry was quite thick though and it didn’t really have a lot of taste. It was nice, but it was probably my least favourite thing I ate there today.
Perhaps a meat filled one would have been better. It’s a bit hard to say. I also suspect it was just heated in the microwave but I was really really hoping I was wrong.
The server brought the mains out pretty much right away and everything was magical from then on!
I chose the “Steak Serve” – Two Rib Eye Steaks with Turkish Bread and side of Greek Salad. However it didn’t come with a Greek Salad Side, it was a Potato Salad and it was just as nice.
You can see there is also a capsicum salsa on the plate. I can’t even begin to describe how good everything was. That meat was sooooo tender I could have blown on it and it would have come apart. The Turkish bread was toasted perfectly, the capsicum salsa was just a lovely surprise that lifted everything on the plate. I was just in raptures with it!
I probably shouldn’t admit this but I ended up putting one of the pieces of meat in the Turkish bread and having it like a “steak sandwich”. Delicious!
Hubby ordered the “Mixed Grill” for one – Sausage, Pattie, Steak, Shaslick, 3 Cevapi and Turkish Bread.
He also ordered a Greek Salad….
Hubby said everything he had was good, but he didn’t seem to be as enthused as I was, and he’s the meat eater!!!
He didn’t have any complaints though. I tried some of his pattie and thought it was just bursting with amazing flavours!! These guys are passionate about BBQ meat!!
Even the salad was delicious!! There was a generous amount of dressing in there and the ingredients were so fresh! It just make such a difference!
I asked the server how long they’d been there and I think he said about four years, although they’ve only just picked up their Social Media pages in the last eighteen months or so.
If you haven’t already liked their facebook page and you live in Adelaide, I’d urge you to do so as they have regular specials that are really worth going down there for!
Have you been to Burek Lounge?
What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!!
Till next we chow…