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“Traditional Serb Restaurant”

Zavicaj au Pays Natal
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Ranked #3,007 of 17,407 Restaurants in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$59
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Business meetings, Groups
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Zavicaj restaurant in Paris' Clignancourt quarter is subtitled 'Au Pays Natal' but it all means the same thing: homeland. This Serbian restaurant brings the very soul of Serbia to Paris, from its authentic 19th-century peasant decor to the beautifully -- and proudly-- presented specialties of the house. Just to put you in the mood, the walls are stucco and stone with exposed beams and photos of Serbian life, hand-woven cushions adorn the wood banquettes, crockery and work implements are found displayed here and there and the servers greet you in traditional dress. The warm welcome is the real thing, too. Dishes include the familiar like moussaka and more adventurous things like national dish pljeskavica au kajmak, a sort of beef and pork hamburger with farmers' cheese served in pitas. Try the discovery menu for the full experience.
Paris, France
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Traditional Serb Restaurant”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

I was invited to this restaurant by a French friend who also has Serb ancestry and he discovered this small cozy place a few months ago, even though it has been serving a loyal clientele for several years. He confirmed the authenticity of the cuisine, service and the decor. In the heart of a mixed ethnic neighbourhood in the 18th arr. in Paris, this traditional Serb restaurant serves up everything to it's word including beer and wine from their country natal. It is recommended to try the formula lunch to taste a variety of specialties but careful, it is copious and filling...a tad heavy. The plate of grilled marinated meats/chicken was good and tasty with potatoes and rice, the appetizers and other dishes resemble other Mediterranean plates including stuffed cabbage rolls, cheese filled pastry appetizers, feta salad, baklava...the bread was served warm and fresh from the oven but heavy. The ambiance is authentic rustic Serbian style (Balkan) with posters of the monarchy, girls costume dresses and it feels like a wooded cabin in the country. If you like ethnic food experiences with friends and family, this is worth a try for fun, good food and real service.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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“A Tasty Retreat for Serbian food in Paris”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

When you're in Paris and want a taste of Serbia, go to the 18th arrondissement and try this restaurant for a change of pace when you're tired of dining on other ethnic food, and especially if you're hungry. It's a little off the beaten track in a neighbourhood that is called Little Serbia.

The place is closed on Mondays, and early dining on a Tuesday, for example, is not crowded and laid back. The staff is welcoming, helpful, and speak French (of course), plus a little English in addition to their native language. The menu is rather varied, with explanations of the Serbian names in French. There are dishes to suit most palates.

We tried the plate of mixed hors d'oeuvres - very tasty - with a selection of sauces, cheeses and slices of charcuterie, served with a side of bread. Very filling. Then the stuffed "Karadjordjeva" pork (Escalope de porc farcie), and "Punjena Bela Vesalica",a huge rolled piece of pork stuffed with cheese that is deep fried and looks like an overweight pig-in-the-blanket (very tasty and very filling). Delicious homemade fried potatoes were served with each.

One of us tried a Serbian twist on "petit choux à la crème for dessert". It was good.

The glass of Serbian wine was OK. The Serbian beer was watery. These were the only negative aspects of an otherwise very rewarding visit and dinner. The place could get noisy and busy later in the evening. Call to see if you need a reservation.

There are plenty of other dishes to choose from, but whatever you select, you'll leave full and satisfied. Prices are also very reasonable for such large portions and especially for Paris.The street is rather quiet and there's an interesting Serbian Orthodox church on the same street.

Au Pays Natal also offers brunch on Sundays but check if it is seasonal.

  • Visited June 2014
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Lleida, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“home sweet home”
Reviewed 5 January 2014

For everyone who likes a meat in the plate better than the salad, this restaurant is the right place to go. The ambient is nice and cosy - typical Serbian style with pictures of historical heroes on the walls. We were served by the daughter of the owner who was very kind and hospitable. If you visit this restaurant, among other things on the menu, you definitely have to try Serbian specialties such as: rakija, kajmak i ajvar.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank MilicaDejan
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