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our roots

The Balkans, an eclectic region spanning the south east Europe. A long, rich history with the rise and fall of civilisations, a patchwork of societies sharing much in culture, superstitions [promaja], traditions and lifestyle.

Balkan is a way of life, the coming together of friends, old and new, of family, the village. Feasting over food made from native recipes that have been around for centuries. Balkan people are a welcoming bunch, laughing, sharing, dancing, singing. 

The Balkan Butler arrived in Surry Hills with a dream to share the Balkans with the people of Sydney. 


The a-z of balkan feasting

AJVAR

Smoky, deep, rich, tangy, and bright a condiment prepared with roasted red peppers. Favourite side dish and often described as the Balkan caviar

BUREK

Alternating golden layers of thin handmade pastry and fillings. Dating back beyond the Ottomon empire.

KASHKEVAL

Balkan cheddar cheese with nutty flavour and smokey aroma.

KEBAPI

Ćevapi or ćevapčići simple and bold little skinless sausage

KIFLI

Bread croissant, light and fluffy crescent rolls with a savory or sweet filling

KOLBASI

The bold Balkan chorizo, smoky or spicy

PALACHINKI

Thin crêpes with savoury or sweet filling designed to be eaten by the 100s

PIRPEKI

Sweet, spicy or fiery capsicums and bell peppers.

PLESKAVICA

Juicy meat pattie stuffed with a layer kashkeval cheese

SHOPSKA SALAD

Light summer salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onion covered in grated feta

TAVCHE GRAVCHE

Balkan slow cooked beans