Checked out this new joint (near Bathurst and Bloor) last night. It's billed as serving authentic Croatian food and great beer from around the world. When I checked the website I noticed the food list was short offering essentially two savoury Croatian items - cevapi and pljeskavica.
I had a hankering for some cevapi and I was in the area so I figured I'd give it a shot. The establishment is essentially the first floor of a house one Euclid so it is very small with one long communal table and surrounding bar stools.
Service was pleasant but that's about all I enjoyed. I had the cevapi which at $12 was a bit pricy for the portion size. Came with warm bread, fries (oversalted), pickled onions, a dollop of sour cream, what I'm guessing was supposed to be ajvar but was a horrible rendition and some nondescript eggplant dip of sorts. The cevapi themselves were under-seasoned, didn't really taste like real cevapi (the ones at Royal Meats are MUCH better), were dry and tasted like they were probably frozen (not 100% on that one).
The online beer menu advertises Karlovacko beer but there was none to be had so I settled with a Ozujsko at $7.50.
On a positive note I liked how the place advertised their prices with taxes included. I wish more places would do that.
Wouldn't go again.
If you're making a drive to Peterborough, call Balkan Express Catering a few days before you intend to go. Mihaela will make you really good cevapcici, which you can either buy fresh or have her freeze them for you for cooking another time. While you're at it, order some burek, struedel and other delicious Croatian treats. She sells her food at many farmer's markets, but I recommend ordering directly from her.
I haven't been to Hrvatibar yet, I have been meaning to check it out though since I heard about it. I do know a few people that have gone though and they have been quite happy with the food.
In terms of cevapi though i'm not the biggest fan of Royal Meats and am more partial to the cevapi @ Mrakovic's in Etobicoke.
I'll see how Hrvatibar stacks up to the both of them in a couple of weeks ; )