If you ever need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or are simply in search of a peaceful setting where the air is fresh, the food healthy and the atmosphere laid back, Salaš 137 is just the place for you.
The term salaš refers to an isolated village estate surrounded by avenues of trees protecting the backyard from wind and separating it from the fields around it. A group of about 400 salaš estates is located in the area of Čenej village, known for its outstanding fertility and abundance of dark soil. The salaš we wish to cover at present is the one called Salaš 137. It offers an authentic experience of life in the country (with agricultural land surrounding the estate, as well as farm animals such as sheep and chickens). Houses on a typical salaš are packed with old furniture, antique movables and other interesting items decorating the colourful walls. It is the ideal place for incurable romantics and hedonists, and since it can get pretty crowded on weekends, it would be wise to call ahead of time and reserve a table.
The Salaš 137 restaurant offers specialties of the local Vojvodina cuisine, prepared and served in the 'slow food' style. That means indulging yourself with aperitifs in the form of local quince rakija (brandy) before lunch, and then, while chatting with friends, nibbling on a variety of cheeses, pies, salads, ham, and sausages served on a wooden platter. Be sure to try the čekić (hammer) - a bite-size prune stuffed with aromatic cheese and wrapped in grilled bacon. Ideally, the 'hammer' should be followed by the chicken soup with homemade noodles (made and cut by hand), after which you can stretch your legs by taking a leisurely walk around the compound until the main course arrives (nobody will touch anything left on your table during your walk). We recommend you try the stuffed zucchini or the smoked knuckle of pork topped with horseradish and spices and baked in an earthenware pot until golden-brown. One of the various types of sweets on offer and a cup of freshly-prepared Serbian coffee would be a perfect way to end a perfect lunch. The philosophy behind this type of cuisine is to be able to relish good food and local wine without having to think about calories and every-day responsibilities. During the summer it is best to eat outdoors, beneath the cool shade of the walnut tree.
If a myriad of work-related responsibilities has kept you from spending quality time with your children during the course of the week, this is the perfect opportunity to redeem yourself. You will be able to spend an entire day with them, watching them run after a ball or a flock of chickens. The entire compound is surrounded by fields that children don’t generally find very interesting, so you won’t have to worry about letting them out of your sight. However, if you should doze off after lunch and lose sight of them, you are most likely to find them in the stable with the donkey. For some reason, children find the donkey considerably more appealing than other animals, and they could spend hours watching it and petting it.
You may also bring your dog along to this salaš. If it’s well behaved, minds its own business and keeps away from the plates of other guests, he will be allowed to run around the yard freely.