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“Hearty, but not necessarily inspiring”
Review of Skopski Merak

Skopski Merak
Ranked #1 of 282 Restaurants in Skopje
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 20 July 2014

I am living in Skopje for a year and this place caught my eye as it is currently ranked number one and is relatively close to my apartment, so I popped in expecting something brilliant. If I am honest I was a little disappointed, its number one status reflects the overall choice of places in Skopje rather than the brilliance of this one.

There are lots of positives, the location is a quiet sort of bohemian/arty/slightly suburban area to the north of the main drag and there are lots of other restaurants here mainly patronised by locals - so worth a visit, because the Italian and Turkish orientated tourists traps of the main square and the old town do wear thin after a while. The atmosphere was lovely, a outside garden, with soft music and attentive service.

But the food was no more than hearty - it is a Macedonian menu, so think big salads with generous amounts of cheese and roast meats and fresh from the over bread. All good stuff, but to a degree it felt formulaic, and to a my palate overcooked and under-seasoned. That said exceptional value. So go for the atmosphere and to get authentic Macedonian cuisine, but don't expect a gourmet experience to blow your socks off.

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Reviewed 12 July 2014

Solid Macedonian cuisine in a pleasant setting. We had a large village salad and pork stew with bred and a bottle of Vranac red wine. Should have passed on the dessert, as it wasn't that great. The wine list is excellent. It can be a bit tricky to find if you don't read Cyrillic. There is a band that plays in the outside patio area, though it was hard to hear from inside.

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

I selected this restaurant after reading the reviews on T.A. & I was impressed.
A lovable place not far from the centre of Skopje, with open air space and live music.
The restaurant offers an endless menu with so many choices that gets you confused.
A very intresting wine list and the waiter's recommendation was superb.
Excellend service & really cheap.
I sincerelly enjoyed my experience at the Merak.

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Thank Panathinaikos-13
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We started with a nice mixed salad (fantastic tomatoes) and had the mixed grill and chicken main dishes. Great food, really tasty and cooked to perfection. The grand mother cake and hot and cold deserts are exceptional. The wines are very good too (both white and red) and the service was friendly with a willingness to help find interesting places to go and see. Great place, definitely well deserved they're the highest ranked restaurant in Skopje on tripadvisor.

Thank Hans B
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We enjoyed 2 dinners here with a variety of dishes - our favorites: anything from the pizza oven (pizza, garlic bread), shopska salad, grilled white cheese, trimilk cake (amazing) and hot and cold dessert (chocolate soufflé with ice cream). Service was friendly and fast. Make a reservation as it fills up and is a popular local eatery. Live music was great too - started about 9 pm and was different both nights.

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