What To Eat When You’re In…Kotor, Montenegro

21st June 2019

Kotor is one of the beautiful ports on our Western Mediterranean cruises. Easily explored because of its compact size and reminiscent of Dubrovnik thanks to the red-roofed buildings, this charming city has plenty of history to offer when you step off one of Star Clippers’ ships.

As you explore the cobbled streets, your stomach may start to demand something in return for all that walking. So, if you want to try some of the local cuisine, here are a few dishes to look out for.

Supreme Seafood

Black Risotto

Riblja Čorba

As with many Mediterranean ports, seafood is a big deal in Kotor. No dish highlights this better than Riblja Čorba, a fish soup made from the smaller catches that the fisherman would usually struggle to sell. Kept relatively simple to ensure the seafood shines through, this popular delicacy is made by boiling the fish whole with vegetables such as carrots and celery, before removing them, deboning and chopping them, and returning them to the pan.

Some restaurants will serve it on its own, whilst others will reserve some of the whole fish and serve the fillet with boiled potatoes and the Riblja Čorba ladled over the top.

Black Risotto

At first sight, this dish may not look too appetising but it’s definitely one worth trying. Enjoy it whilst relaxing in front of the beautiful sea views – it can be served on its own or as part of a seafood platter. The black colour comes from cuttlefish ink, but that’s not the only fishy flavour. Chopped calamari goes into the mix with the rice and the whole thing is flavoured by garlic, parsley and a liberal splash of local white wine.

Buzara

If there is a group of you looking for a sociable meal that you can all share, opt for something that many Montenegrins grow up loving – buzara. Place your order and watch everybody’s eyes light up when a platter of calamari, prawns, shellfish and shrimps arrives, all cooked in tomatoes, onions, herbs and spices. You may even get the option of white or red buzara. This refers to the colour of wine used to make the delicious sauce.

Gavice

If you’re looking for a quick snack rather than a full meal, grab yourself a cone of gavice as you walk along the waterfront. Similar to whitebait, these small fish are coated in flour, fried and then eaten whole (apart from the head). You can buy them relatively cheaply served in paper cones.

Meat Marvels

Burek

Karađorđeva Šnicla

This breaded pork schnitzel makes use of an ingredient that you’re likely to find all over Kotor. Kajmak cream cheese pops up in all sorts of meals and is found at the centre of a Karađorđeva Šnicla along with prosciutto ham. You’ll typically find it served alongside chips and salad – perfect for lunch in the sun.

Ispod Saca

The name of this menu option translates as ‘below the hat’ and it’s something that deserves to be high up on your list of things to try during a Mediterranean cruise. The hat to which the name refers is a dome-shaped, metal lid which the food is placed under so that it can be slow-roasted. Either lamb, veal or goat is cooked with potatoes, carrots, onions and a sprinkling of paprika. Hot coals are heaped on top of the lid to produce melt-in-the-mouth meat that falls off the bone.

Burek

Another snack for your consideration, Montenegrins often eat burek for a breakfast on the go. Similar to a Cornish pasty, you’ll find meat, cheese and potatoes sealed inside a casing of filo pastry. Choose from tubes, spirals and wedge-shaped and dip each wonderful bite in a pot of plain yoghurt.

Dive-in To Dessert

Bajadera

Bajadera

Possibly the most popular sweet option that you’ll come across in Kotor, Bajadera are commercially produced so that you can buy then wrapped in the shops, but the best versions are those made in the restaurants. Layers of chocolate and nougat praline form a decadent dessert in the shape of a little rectangle.

Baklava

Baklava may be more familiar to you than most of the cuisine we’ve mentioned, but it would be wrong to leave it off our list. Enjoyed across the Balkans and further afield, these pastry parcels come in a variety of flavours, giving you plenty of reasons to keep trying them.

Priganice

If you’re looking for a sweet way to finish off a meal, without overindulging, a bowl of priganice is a good choice. Small balls of dough are deep-fried to create miniature doughnuts that are then served with honey or jam. Caution! Just one may not be enough.


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