We need to talk about food in Montenegro.
I always get asked the same kind of questions about new destinations. What is the weather/hotel/food like? Will I be safe? Is there a lot to do and see? So I like to explore these things when I’m travelling and talk about them when I blog.
Food is a big one for some travellers and most people will want to know if a place has edible food on the menu. Some countries are ok and others exceed my expectations. Montenegro delivered!
The food seemed to me like a mixture of Mediterranean and Greek cuisine with its own twist. The produce was so fresh and the standard everywhere I went in Montenegro was high. I had a few favourite dishes from my time there, here are my top five:
On the photo above, part of the starter platter was black risotto. This is a well known dish in the area and was delicious. I’ve never had such soft and well cooked seafood. No chewy squid here! The flavours and the dark colour were great. I’d recommend trying this for any seafood fans.
Being so close to rivers and the Adriatic sea, you won’t be short of a fish or two. Sea bass and trout are very popular. Some restaurants have owners and staff who fish and bring in very fresh fish. Most places will fillet and serve without the head so don’t worry if you’re squeamish. The taste is subtle and texture is quite meaty with these fish. I really enjoyed adding more fish into my diet. I don’t eat enough at home.
I’m not usually one to rave about salads, but the juicy tomatoes, olives, peppers and crispy leaves in these salads are perfect for a hot day.
Flavours and textures are balanced well and each one is a taste of the area. Local produce is used very often which means it is fresh and supporting local businesses.
If fish and seafood are not your kind of thing and a salad isn’t cutting it, go for a steak!
I had two in different areas and both were cooked exactly to my medium preference. No blood but not too well done. The portions are a really good size and each comes with a side of chips, potatoes or roasted vegetables.
For those with a sweet tooth, the traditional almond cake of the Kotor/Perast area needs to be tested. This was a nice finish to a good Montenegrin meal and went well with my last bonus recommendation…
Well you do need a good drink to wash all of this food down with and the region produces some great wines. The red or rosé were my favourites. I’m told that you can do wine tasting tours and visit the areas that have vineyards too so this could be a great day trip. Any excuse!
Have you tried any of the food or wine of the region? What was your favourite?