On the Corner, Beogradska 37, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

Belgrade is a wonderful city for food, drink and nightlife. Service is normally friendly; you get the distinct feeling that staff really do want you to enjoy your evening with them. On the corner is no exception.

The interior is relaxed and stylish. Cushions to prop you up in the window boxes and pretty touches abound. Clientele are a mix of business people and couples. The background music is contemporary but not intrusive. The one thing this place does not have is pretension; it is an easy place to settle into for an evening.

There is a good selection of wines, beers (bottled and draft) and spirits. Don’t be afraid to try Serbian wines – the reds are good and offer great value for money.

Complimentary bread and homemade tapenade are served while you look over the menu. Make your choices, but be prepared for a quick change when the daily specials are revealed.

The starters are large, but when I am in a peckish mood I tend to go for the Papperadelle with Porcini. I tend to like it a little moister that the chef, but have never found any problem asking for it just the way I like it.

The prawns are also tasty and go well with the melon accompaniment

I have visited The Corner several times and tend to go for the fish which they do very well. On this occasion I went with the Halibut dressed in Dijon mustard served with an orange salad. It was very good. On other occasions I have tried the Sole with Almond Sauce and the Baked Sole Provencal. I have yet to be disappointed.

The steaks are also good, though this is Serbia and portions are huge. It is quite in order to ask for one portion to share “Polo-kilo-polo” means half and half in Serbian, though given the quality of English spoken by staff, language is unlikely to be a problem.

There is a nice selection of desserts, though the Chocolate Lava cake usually wins the day. Melted middle chocolate soufflé with some nice ice cream. Ask for two spoons, share and your evening may turn into a beautiful night. The 20 minute waiting time leaves a nice gap for finishing that last glass of wine.

Prices are remarkably good. The exchange rate today is roughly 104 Serbian Dinar to the Euro… placing most mains in the 7-8 euro range. 10 if you want to splash out on a steak. So a meal for two with a decent bottle of wine for about £30.

Booking is a good idea as this is a popular place. If you can get a window seat (just ask) all the better. You can find all the details at http://www.nacosku.com/

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