I do like food, any kind of food, but most of all I like the Macedonian food. In my opinion it is among the best cuisines in the world. We do have a variety of dishes, rich with vegetables and different types of meat. Since I’ve arrived in Štip the Macedonian cuisine has been the thing I am really enjoying, and I also ha the opportunity to visit “Meana za Merak”. A fine restaurant which offers a wonderful platters from the Macedonian cuisine and a traditional folk ambient and decoration. I experienced everything as a tourist, which helped me notice even the smallest details from the culture I am coming from.
My sister and her husband took me and my mother for a Saturday family lunch. “Meana za Merak” is located on the right side before Prebek, a neighborhood at the entrance of the city. I had my camera with me, so I will take you on a tour through my pictures, and I hope you get some cravings for our delicious Macedonian cuisine.
Usually we start with a drink and a starter, most of the time it is a mixed salad, and different buried platters. I ordered a small bottle of a local vine, and we shared a mixed salad together with white cheese, “urnebes salad” , “chicken fingers”, “banica” , “pumpkin” , fried potatoes and so.
The starter is taking a bit of time. We usually drink and chat a lot during this kind of gathering. I was eating like crazy and I was almost full. But I did make a bit of space for the main course. I ordered rib in the oven. It was so delicious, but I really couldn’t finish it all. I was hardly breathing. 😀
At the end I couldn’t, but the others ordered a pastry. They had “gurabija”. This is a Turkish recipe, but don’t forget that we were 500 years under the Ottoman Empire, so it is obvious we have a lot of influence from there.
I really hope you find this useful, and you get some nice idea about Macedonian cuisine, and the tradition it has with it. “Meana za Merak” really is a restaurant where you can enjoy all of that. The food is very tasty and the service was excellent. Judge the ambient and the decor by yourselves. Come back for more.