If you thought Sarajevo was 300 kilometers away from Zagreb, you were only partially right, because you can find the spirit of the Olympic city right next to the Zagreb mosque.
The name “sofra” comes from the Turkish (via Arabic) word for a short round dining table around which people were used to sit for hours and enjoy a whole train of Bosnian specialties that were incessantly being brought by the generous host.
Once you see the menu, you will wish to stay there for a couple of days until you have tried every last item on it – starting with unavoidable ćevapčići with curded cream and burek, over the famous dolmas and pies to the more complicated national dishes and specialties such as Sultan steak, Bosnian pot, bamija, klepe, kvrguša, … Sit down and enjoy!
What better way to round off the whole experience than with a couple of sweet bites – I recommend homemade baklava or tufahije, with a mandatory fildžan (small cup) of black Turkish coffee so that the mellow sounds of Bosnian sevdah will not lull you into sleep.
The staff is very friendly and willing to answer all your questions about the dishes and the traditional references, and most of the time you can give the compliments directly to the owner at the bar.
In 2012 a 2nd, larger, Sofra opened in Green Gold Mall, but it lacks the intimate atmosphere of the original one.