We were looking for a little something different to eat and I stumbled upon Tenen in my search. It’s an Eastern Europe restaurant, which specializes in Balkan cuisine. I think it’s mainly Serbian dishes but there seems to be some Russian influence too.
Like how you can even see the menu too.
Chevapi Tuesday baby!
We made reservations for a Saturday evening (7:00pm) and luckily we did because it was busy. It got even busier at night because there was a live band that started playing at 9:15pm! No idea if this is a weekend thing but it was fun and lively. Everyone seemed to know each other and all the songs the bands were singing.
The inside is small but warm and inviting. There’s room for about 35 people. Staff were friendly and our waitress was both patient and sweet.
The menu is split into appetizers, salads, pasta, entrees, Balkan style BBQ and desserts.
There’s also a few daily specials to round things out.
Some fancy water for the table too.
Hearty flavour and the bread had a satisfying, chewy bite.
Tenen meat platter ($38.95 for 2 people)
Chevapi, chicken shish kebab, pork cutlet, chicken thigh, bacon and sausage. It also came with roasted potatoes, coleslaw, lepina, kaymak (cheese) and urnebes (cheese and hot chili peppers).
The chevapi, chicken thigh and sausage were all tender and bursting with flavour. Unfortunately, the pork cutlet was dry and overcooked.
Same for the bacon and chicken shish kebab, although to a lesser extent.
Still, it’s a massive platter and can easily feed three people.
Leskovački uštipci ($16.95)
This was one of their specials. Beef and pork meat with melted cheese topped with red onion, over roasted potatoes and coleslaw. The meat was fantastic. The texture was spot on but the taste reminded me of seafood for some reason. Delicious!
Definitely would come back to try their karadjordjeva snicla (their house speciality), which was sold out, along with a few other Balkan specialties.
7569 Royal Oak Avenue