There’s a speakeasy feel to finding the Renaissance restaurant – it has no signs but by the striking wooden gate you’ll know you’ve arrived. Inside there is the trademark handcrafted wooden furniture and design, and no menus (the price includes your three-course food and wine). Put yourself in the hands of your waiter who’ll tell you the meat, fish or vegetarian options of the day and will bring you a dazzling array of meze starters.
The kitchen is open to the dining area and you’ll see your bread being baked and the jewel colours of pickles, innovative combinations of vegetables, olives and dairy brought to your table. You’ll also get a small flagon of excellent raki brandy.
Main courses are sizzling, and dessert pairs traditional syruped Balkan favourites with fruit to undercut some of the sweetness. The whole is a unique dining experience that showcases the best of Kosovan food with a stylish twist. No wonder that this is a favourite dining spot for visiting delegations (it’s also the restaurant I was taken to four days into my time in Kosovo, which persuaded me I could stay here. Fourteen years on, that seems like a great decision).