An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery: A Very Zemun Christmas

Posted on July 2, 2013

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Finally, after much waiting, it arrived this past Sunday. Rusmir, everyones favourite Kobasice restaurant of utter wonder, celebrates a very unique moment in the year. I’d never even heard of it before Rusmir, but they indeed have a Christmas party at the end of every June, as we have reached the half way point of the year. Unique, indeed.

You know what you’re going to get with Rusmir most of the time, that being incredible food and wonderful service, but even so I was a little nervous about this. I had no idea what to expect. Rusmir is a small restaurant, with room for little more than 25 people, and I’d heard talk of 200 plus people coming to this party. Surely they weren’t all going to sit inside? They surely couldn’t fit on the terrace? What exactly was going on? The fact that it was absolutely cascading down with rain didn’t help matters, but I had faith. The tables were set up, the umbrellas were out, and I arrived at the same time as the bikers, which I suppose is generally a good sign. I even saw a genuine tattoo of Eric Cartman. Right. Still, there was an acoustic guitar, a grill, toceno pivo and a Christmas tree. Everything in its place.

Kobasice molim.

Kobasice molim.

The songs soon began, the pivos were already underway and the sausages soon were being thrusted in every direction. Yeah, make of that what you will. What became immediately apparent was that this was a very special atmosphere, the kind of incredible homely and friendly atmosphere that makes this part of the world incredibly special. Every single person was smiling, especially the guy playing the songs. There were songs that sounded very familiar, but I could be wrong. A Serbian version of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ here, something that sounded like ‘Dirty Diana’ there, and all of it brimming with that peculiar Serbian energy. The sort of energy that confuses and enthralls at the same time. Even the tiny cat seemed to be having fun.

Dance kitty.

Dance kitty.

Jan and Jelena joined me for the evening part of it, which is always wonderful. Great, great people they are. This entire day really reiterated the reasons that I love Rusmir so much. In this fast paced modern world, restaurants are always striving to provide something different, more variety, more choice, wider selection, better service and all that jazz. Rusmir stand head and shoulders above all of this by doing what made restaurants so wonderful in the first place. They know what they do, and they do it better than anyone. The service isn’t unnecessarily professional, more professional and relaxed at the same time. It is exactly like going to an old friends house for food, only the food is made by super culinary wonders.

On zna

On zna

So, thank you Rusmir, once again, for the best Christmas a man could ever hope for. I’ll see you later in the week,

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