I went to the Balkan House while on a business trip to Burnaby, merely as a curious backup option when the restaurant I had originally intended to visit turned out to be closed. Having visited the Balkan states several years before, I was curious to see if this restaurant's food came anywhere close to what I remembered. The result was a satisfied yes. On the suggestion of the waitress (and a firm backslap from her father, the owner), I ordered the Sunday night buffet. Food included schnitzel, three types of potatoes, cevapcici (little sausages), two types of salad, peppers, dessert and coffee. The quality was good, not great, but the availability of this type of food outside of the region was satisfying. They even provided avjar (a Balkan condiment) upon request, though I was charged a dollar for it, and promised that they make kajmak (a Balkan cheese), news that will thrill my wife. But the topper was being able to order a stiff shot of rakija, a super strong Balkan spirit and very difficult to find in the U.S. The decor is Balkan drab, just nondescript enough that it wouldn't surprise me to find Eastern European gangsters having dinner in the back room. Do yourself a favor and eat here, if not for the food then for the one-of-a-kind experience.
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