ZRENJANIN, "BANATSKA KOLIBA" or Hut in BANAT
RESTAURANT IN A FORMER NEIGHBOURHOODS BUFFALO Bill
By Zoran Slavic
Again we are in Zrenjanin, Vojvodina town that boasts the oldest theater halls in Serbia. My friend Mischa Kozarev, former excellent drummer, suggested me that go in one typical and representative Banat inn. On supper. When I accepted the proposal, I don't know that this release in greatly surpasses a good dining experience. Going to a restaurant "Banat Shack" or in the original - Banatska Koliba, turned into a kind of Ethnology and Folklore happening. The impression is as if we that evening excellent eating and drinking in a sort of special “museum” of regional culture of life.
However, first things first. From the title of this comment. Object, where is this restaurant really is - a few hundred meters from the former meadow, called Vašarište, that once, many years ago, it served as a place for sale livestock and other goods from the country. There were therefore staged fairs. Just in this space 1906th was taking place the famous "Buffalo Bill Wild West Show." With the Indians, cowboys, buffalo and Mustangs. This city was then called the Great Beckerek, and Bill Cody here stops on his European tour. Today, across of that location, and the football stadium, placed the restaurant "Banat Shack." The facade of the building is in the typical style of the Banat, with two labels: a year when the 2000th and last name of the owner - Tadejin. The house was, however, built on the foundations of the previous object, which was made a hundred years before Buffalo Bill was then performed in Bechkerek.!
A current Restaurants building was built with the material, bricks, roof tiles, wood, which is collected from all over Vojvodina, with preconditions that made more than 100 years. Therefore, this building today, by materials, technology and construction project - is authentic Banat home that date is only a little annoying. The floor in a restaurant is done, by custom Banat Swabians, from brick procured throughout the environment.
In addition to the entrance, we find another Banat invention: a high Sweep ( Đeram ), a device for extracting water in the fields, and on which stands a basket full of chaff. It was in old times, without telephones and mobile, a sign for the reapers in the field – that housewife finished lunch! This time the hosts they cooked dinner. The local environment of the ancient Serbian-Hungarian-German culinary culture - which means the Banat, supper was the following: Appetizer - folk bread from wheat flour, headaches, bacon of swine races manguljica and white sausage. Then soup of poultry, with all parts of the meat. Main dish - Venison goulash, which was making Chef Janos Kurunci, Hungarian from the nearby villages. For dessert, they served - noodles with poppy seeds. With the meal we drank wine from city Vrsac. White wine named "Vrzole". Moreover, it was remarkable. Moreover, caloric, to the limits of endurance.
We were very impressed with the quality of food, service just domestic, ethnic and inspiring ambiance. As exceptional traditional folk music, Vojvodina-Gypsy Orchestra " Old Sweep ". How do you and do not be satisfied when in
„ Banatska Koliba “ once are enjoyed and the presidents of Serbia, numerous ambassadors, senators and congressmen, the princesses and sports idols.