January 13, 2005
It is a beautiful place right on the beach. If you are not ready or don't have time to learn the very difficult Serbian language, then you will be happy to know that the Jadran menus are available in English and most waiters speak some English. Like a lot of restaurants in Budva, the Jadran has their own fishing boat and truly brings in fresh catches daily. Every time I have been there, the fish has always been excellent. When interested in fish for dinner, the custom here is for the waiter (konoba) to bring out a large plate of fresh fish. You then choose the type and exact fish you'd like to eat that night. A fish meal is always (well, at least usually) served with boiled potatoes and spinach. Mmmm, very good.
If you are looking for something a little extra or a vegetarian option, then I suggest getting a shopska salad. It is a staple of local cuisine. It is basically tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and sometimes green peppers tossed with a light oil and vinegar dressing and topped with a grated local cheese. Mmmm, so good.
One warning: I have found that ordering a shopska in the winter can be dangerous if you are out for a romantic dinner. Often, as vegetables are not as abundantly available, diced onions become the primary ingredient. Then again, if you’re on a bad date, maybe it is a good idea. Just a warning.
From journal Budva: An Old Town on the Adriatic