Monday, 7 July 2014

Mugi - Ealing

Bosnia isn’t a country I know a lot about, in fact it is probably most synonymous with

war in the UK, which is a shame.

Let's take one small step to thinking about Bosnia differently and talk about the Burek. It's origins lie in modern Turkey but it is popular in various forms across the Balkans. So what is it? Well, it is a pastry filled with minced meat or cheese. I chose the minced meat, spinach and cheese option and one arrived straight from the oven. It was large (it filled the whole 10" plate) and had a glossy, golden finish. With a crispy flaky outer shell but a soft and moist inside this was pastry like no other. The minced meat was subtly spiced and the cheese (similar to feta) was plentiful. All of which made for a very filling breakfast.

I think it was the cheese that made with breakfast so filling and it was the cheese that I didn't really enjoy.  There was so much of it, it became a little sickly in the same way pile of feta would make you feel.

By the way, who knew Ealing was a former Yugoslavia stronghold? With Mugi on one side of the road and the corner terrace, a Serbian cafe on the other side, this is the place to come for the lesser celebrated Balkan cuisine.

The verdict
Filling? Yes. Tasty? Not really.  Nice little cafe and don't let me put you off going a Burek a go, but it's not for me.


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