Balkan Kitchen & Bar

3/F RCBC Plaza, Ayala Ave. cor. Gil Puyat Ave., Salcedo Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Balkan Kitchen & Bar
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Category:
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Payment Options

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Price Range

₱195 - ₱1,400

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
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“What is Balkan?” That’s the first question that popped into my mind when I was invited to try out this restaurant along one of the busy streets in Makati City.

Intensive research (aka Googling) shows that the name was a former Yugoslavian state, spanning across the South Eastern European that composes multiple countries including Serbia, Slovenia, and Montenegro.

European restaurants aren’t that new. They’ve been growing in numbers over the years. Sadly, most of them aren’t that memorable as well. This is where Balkan separates itself from the pack.

The interiors are very inviting, smartly using dark colors with hints of wood and bricks on the side to create a cozy and romantic experience. I guess that’s the Yugoslavian way of dining. It was quite an intimate setting.

For the appetizer, we tried “Goulash.” It’s the classic beef stew of the Balkans served with bread. The beef chunks are so tender and meaty while it swims in a mixture of herbs, spices, macaroni and tomato sauce. This was my runaway favorite, a must have here, by all means necessary.

Next goes the main dishes:

(Tip: For a complete South-eastern European cuisine experience, try it with their Draft Beers)

Stuffed Pljeskavica is made up of ground beef with mozarella. Upon cutting it in the middle, the oozing cheese crawled like a hot lava, making it’s way outside. This is worth your time despite its strong taste. Add the french fries to complement whole beef and cheese affair.

Corned Beef and Pork Ribs, one could mistake it as “Nilaga” in the Philippines as it really looks like one. The meat is tender as expected with a mild sweet flavor inching in. All the fresh and colorful vegetables blended well with the meat giving it not just a delish treat but a healthy one too!

Balkan Lamb Chops, the twist in this dish is the mint sauce. It’s a translucent green gooey mix that made me appreciate eating this one of kind meat even more. The fatty parts of the lamb chops were so crispy and savory while the meat’s texture just right.

Lastly, to cap off our European cuisine experience, we had their classic take on Mango Crepe. It was a fine ending to carnivore filled lunch with friends.

I got these unique Yugoslavian treat at 50% off too. Quite a deal, right. Big Dish app made it possible, and you too can experience it by downloading their app. The maximum discount could be availed depending on their lean time. I suggest booking it days ahead.

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Piya S.
4.0 Stars

Sorry we forgot to take a picture together with the food. 128540

It was good and worth it. 128077🏻 Must- try.

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Danica G.
4.0 Stars

Had one of their breakfast menu with bacon, egg and crepes with tomato on the side for only Php 99. It was good for its cheap price. Bacon was cooked just perfect for that crisp and juice you'd ever want from a bacon!

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Ann Margret E.
4.0 Stars

Loved their Stuffed Pljeshavica (cheese!). Also liked everything else I've tried. Seasoning is perfect, not heavy-handed on salt but managed to not make the dishes bland.

I personally prefer the BGC branch, but I like the fact that the serving size here is just sakto for one person, with the prices adjusted accordingly.

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Mister J.
4.0 Stars

Can't pronounce half of the things on the menu, but food here is good. Pictured are the cabbage rolls, stuffed chicken breast and cheese-stuffed beef. Comes with silky mashed potatoes. All recommended.

Half the price and serving size compared to their other branches presumably because of the office crowd. Either way, they serve authentic Serbian food.

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Mervin M.
4.0 Stars

If not for the long lines during lunch time at RCBC, we would have not stumbled upon this quaint place.

The place was simple, no-frills yugoslaslav themed eatery. I was excited since I have never tried baklan cuisine before and hesitant at the same time that they might cost me my arm and leg since few people are eating inside during peak hours.

I was surprised that I enjoyed it. I was glad we tried it and theres a big possibility we will be back soon multiple times in the future.

I had the Ćevapčići (sausage) meal and we shared gaspacho which became my instant favorite. Gaspacho is a tomato based soup with beef and pasta. It's like if Beef brisket would marry a beef mechado would marry and have a baby it would be a yusgoslavian gaspacho. You can eat it with rice or their local bread.

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Rachel T.
3.0 Stars

My 1st time to eat here. Also, my 1st time to try a Yugoslavian cuisine. I ate here Monday this week around lunch time. I'm not really sure if this is how a Yugoslavian dish taste like. Sorry, but I cannot remember the name of the dishes nor read/spell them (it's really complicated)

What we ordered is somewhat a cordon bleu and a beef soup (check the picture). The cordon bleu-like is chicken with mozzarella cheese oozing and has a hard coating. Together with it is ketchup & mayo plus mashed potato and a small serving of salad. The mashed potato is not powder based, not buttery and not salty. While the beef in the soup was actually very soft and tasty. The soup also contains some potatoes and twisted noodles.

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Maureen S.
4.0 Stars

As I am trying to not get bloated, in time for my belly dancing rehearsal 128131🏼 I chose to eat healthy. Hehe just for 1 day! 128540 the venue is in RCBC plaza theater, so i went around looking for protein and chanced upon Balkan. I ordered their egg white omelet with feta cheese 128522 i like the fact that they have egg white omelet; the other place i found this is in Bo's Coffee. I never really like eating the yolk anyway (except for leche flans)

I think I should try their beef dishes 128527

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Mae A.
4.0 Stars

Had dinner here last Friday, and was expecting the whole Balkan dining experience I had in their Perea branch. Sadly, the portions were smaller and so was the price. I guess this is their "budget" version of it being that their surrounding restos are affordably priced. Still, the dishes were good. Had their Stuffed Pljeskavica which was meat stuffed with mozarella cheese. Paired with rice and sauce, this was one good and meaty dinner 128523

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Myzyl C.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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