A group of 10 chow friends had a fun dinner at McAdam Place -- a Serbian restaurant in the middle of an industrial park in Mississauga. Having never had Serbian food before (nope, I've never visited Royal Meats in Etobicoke), I found the wikipedia entry rather helpful for getting a sense of what to expect:
Driving to McAdam Place (don't even think about public transit), you think "oh my god, where is this place?" It is deep in an industrial area that is essentially abandoned at night. But once you park and walk in, you're greeted by a warm welcome. The space has a bit of a semi-formal, old-school feel to it. Clearly, the Serbian community loves this place -- every table had a "reserved" sign on it and the entire restaurant was full within half an hour of arriving.
We ordered family style, with the manager recommending 2.5 orders of the mixed grill for the table. We started with 4 of the salads, which have a strong Mediterranean influence -- two of them being simple, fresh variants of a Greek salad, and the other being roasted sweet peppers (delicious!) and roasted hot peppers. We also had several orders of the lepinja with kajmak -- a great soft, chewy bread smeared with a Serbian cream cheese.
When the mixed grill platters arrived, the universal reaction was "yay, meat!". Charcoal grilled meat is a huge part of Serbian cuisine. The platters included:
- cevapi - fingers of minced beef and pork
- pork schnitzel
- karadjordjeva snicla - pork schnitzel rolled, stuffed with cream cheese and deep fried
- pljeskavica - basically a hamburger, but a damn tasty one
- krmenadle - slices of marinated pork
- prebenac - delicious stewed beans
- fried potatoes
- a vinegar-based cole slaw
I think I may be missing one more meat item. All the meat had great charred flavour and each item had it's own distinct flavour profile. The schnitzel was crispy and tasty and the schnitzel stuffed with melted cream cheese was simply decadent. The sides were all fabulous as well, with the cole slaw being a nice contrast to the heaviness of the platter and the beans being just delicious comfort food.
We had Serbian baklava and crepes with jam and chocolate (not together) for dessert, even though we were all ready to roll off our chairs by then.
There was a 5-piece band playing Serbian music, which made for great atmosphere. All that was missing was a haze of smoke to make us feel like were in a different country. The service was super friendly and efficient.
This is not a place where you are going to find rare meat in any form. But if you love char-grilled, tasty sausages, meats and hearty comfort food, then McAdam Place is highly recommended.
(Note that the website divides the menu into an English menu and a separate Serbian menu, but the menus at the restaurant have translations for everything).