Eating out in Lake Ohrid

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September, 2019

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We spent three nights at “Lake Ohrid”: in North Macedonia, staying at the “City Palace Hotel”:

On our first night, we were late arriving and, having enjoyed relatively substantial snacks with our lunchtime “wine tasting”:, neither of us were in the mood for a feast. So, dinner was literally a large bag of spicy nachos from a nearby supermarket and a bottle of the wine we’d bought at the “Tikveš Wine Vaults”:, eaten in the starry-lit balcony area of our room.

On our second night we didn’t want to venture far as, following a thunderstorm, it still didn’t look too inviting therefore we chose to eat in the hotel.

So, it wasn’t until our third night, we ventured out for dinner. Surrounding us on the lake shore were a number of hotel restaurants, but we wanted something a little more intimate. Having discounted the smaller restaurants near the old town, too far away, we settled for a street we’d walked along earlier in the day which we nicknamed Turkish Street as it was full of kebab shops. It was actually called Goce Delchev, named after the revolutionary figure in Ottoman-ruled Macedonia. Having walked its length, we were desperate for somewhere inside, as it was cool and we’d foolishly left jackets in the hotel. Most of the small bar/restaurants looked as though they only had outdoor terraces, but eventually at the end of the street, we found Ariz, a very simple place but with quite a few people already in.

As a couple were just leaving, the elderly waiter cleared the table and ushered us across. From the limited menu, we ordered a chicken shish kebab and gulas after checking what it was. The former were two kebabs of succulent diced chicken on skewers with chips and a small salad garnish, whilst the gulas was a clay circular dish with beans and small pieces of beef (probably like a goulash). There was also a complimentary large warm bread roll to mop up the juices. We shared and both complimented each other very well. I had my eye on Ohrid cake, a local speciality with caramel, walnut and chocolate which is said to give it a unique flavour but sadly they’d run out. With a beer and sparkling water, we paid 600 Denar/£8.50 with tip.

Not our most culinary few days but it suited our mood.

Helen Jackson

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