I’m in Kosovo. It’s pretty crazy. But I’ll tell you about that later. For now, for this blog post, I’m holding a dedication to the most amazing item on the Hotal Afa room service menu – The Cardon Blue.
For those who have ever had a proper Cordon Bleu, you will know this is a most delicious dish. Think delicate strips of ham curled gently around melting cheese, all of which is firmly ensconced in a bundle of chicken, breaded and fried. It is also often served with chips, perhaps a salad too. Ok, so this one isn’t suitable for those on a diet so rabbit-food munchers, look away now. You’ll probably gain a couple of pounds just by reading this.
Described as Breaded Chicken Meat, Beef Ham, Eggs, Chips, Rice, Bismark Sauce (I have absolutely no idea what Bismark Sauce is) I challenge any of you not to be intrigued by this carb-heavy delicacy.
Feeling like a naughty child and knowing this is the most ridiculous thing ever to order, I waited until I had a lunchtime to myself in the hotel and ordered it. It was almost embarrassing how excited I got.
And no, it did not disappoint on arrival. Accompanied by 3 giant chunks of bread (just in case I hadn’t had my carb fill), they failed to mention that it would look like a small malevolent beast AND be partnered with 2 orange wedges and a couple of olives. Oh, there was lettuce too. 2 leaves of it! I’m pretty sure that they were just there to stop you immediately going into cardiac arrest at the sight of all the fried and bad stuff. Hang on a sec, they forgot the egg. Pfft.
Taste-wise, to say it was ‘interesting’ is being polite. If I were a normal person, I’d say it tasted like cardboard. But I’m not normal, and I shamefully admit I thoroughly enjoyed it, even if just for the weirdness of it all. The sauce, was the best – creamy, cheesy and um, carroty.
For €6 though, I’d do it again.
For those who have no idea what a real Cordon Bleu should look like, click here.
A happy disclaimer: The rest of the food on the menu is pretty good (if you ever stay at Hotel Afa, try the tomato soup, the lasagne and any of the salads). If you’re brave enough to try the Fried Cheese that supposedly contains bread, mayonnaise and egg then let me know what it’s like, I will admire you forever! Food elsewhere in Kosovo is awesome. Think cheese pies, lots of melt-in-the-mouth lamb dishes, amazingly fresh grilled fish and lots of dippy things.