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Satko's Kitchen (the Bubamara Spin-off)

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Satko's Kitchen (the Bubamara Spin-off)

Liz | Jul 4, 2002 04:59 PM

We tried Satko's kitchen last weekend. (Satko is the owner of the fabulous Pizza Bubamara.) The restaurant, which is fairly new, was empty when we arrived at 10:00 pm. We received an exceptionally congenial welcome from Satko and the rest of the staff. We brought our own wine, which was opened and served with aplomb. We started with a prosciutto (sp?)and cheese plate, which was really good. The Bosnian prosciutto is drier and saltier than the italian type, and it was much to my taste. Then we had chicken and mushroom ravioli which was served in a very interesting balsamic vinegar sauce-- my husband and I agreed that it was exceptional. For entrees, my husband had Satko's Shnitzel, which was good but huge. Also, I thought it had too much feta in the stuffing. I had rabbit in caramel sauce (Satko's specialty, apparently) and thought it was frankly a little weird. Not bad, but weird. Both entrees were served with pretty good mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. The whole bill came to about $60.

The food was good, and I'll definitely go back. A huge part of the appeal of the place, however, is Satko himself. The man is quite a character and a born raconteur. He joined us after the meal... about two hours (and a huge bottle of his "cooking wine")later, we ended up drinking with the gentleman at a Bosnian bar at 3:00 am. He is a tremendously interesting fellow and expert in many areas. But hard on the liver.

All in all, I heartily recommend trying Satko's Kitchen. There are still some rough edges to be smoothed down, and some of the food is unusual, but mostly it's delicious and cheap. And Satko is great-- just watch out for his cooking wine!

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