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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm

Serbian desserts at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm

Serbian food is friends with everyone, shaped by influences from Hungary, Turkey, Austria and the Mediterranean. We’re talking everything from cevapi to schnitzel to sopska salad. They’ve got it all at Madera Kafe, a Serbian restaurant hidden in the most unlikely of places: a drive-in complex of furniture shops and craft outlets just off the Hume Highway.

Serbian restaurant Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm

But Madera is a little fancier than you’d expect, a stand-alone restaurant with hanging egg chairs in the front bar and a rustic dining space out the back. Patrons are mostly Serbian families, plus a handful of stray shoppers who wander inside.

Kobasice Serbian sausages at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Kobasice pan-fried semi-smoked Serbian sausages $13.90

The kobasice is the local version of the kielbasa: a plump sausage cut into fat slices and seared so its smoky spiciness becomes even more addictive.

Cevapi skinless Serbian sausages and raznjici pork neck skewers at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Pola pola - The 50/50 $22.90
Cevapi skinless Serbian sausages chargrilled and 
raznjici pork neck skewers chargrilled with homemade potato salad and cabbage salad

And then there’s the classic cevapi, chunky fingers of minced meat cooked on the grill. On the side you can get potato salad and cabbage salads, both simple but effective palate cleansers. If you’re debating about the raznjici pork neck skewers, get the pola pola. It means 50/50, so you’ll score a plate that’s half cevapi, half raznijici. The raznijici pork neck skewers involve thick pieces of meat that are grilled until tender and juicy.

Serbian pork muckalica at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Pork muckalica $25.90
Pork neck braised in a red tomato-based sauce, capsicum, onion and ajvar 
served with woodfired lepinja

Whatever you do, make sure you order the pork muckalica, the house specialty. Pork neck is braised until meltingly soft, swaddled in a thick tomato sauce ramped up with ajvar, a relish made from roasted capsicum, tomato and eggplant. Mop it all up with hunks of lepinja, a fluffy Serbian bread roll baked in a wood-fired oven. We wipe our terracotta dish clean.

Sampita Serbian meringue dessert at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Sampita $7

Desserts are one big sugar-fest, like the sampita that sandwiches a giant cloud of fluffy meringue between layers of pastry.

Serbian plazma keks torta dessert at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Plazma keks torta $8.50

Go for broke and get the homemade plazma keks torta, a domed cake of soaked sponge finger biscuits covered in cream, and the Nutella slice too.

Nutella slice at Madera Kafe, Warwick Farm
Nutella slice $9.50

Madera Kafe Serbian restaurant at Warwick Farm

Madera Kafe on Urbanspoon

Madera Kafe Restoran
Shop 34/1 Sappho Road, Hometown Complex, Warwick Farm 2170
Tel: +61 (02) 9734 0003

Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday 5.30pm-12 midnight
Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am-12 midnight

This article appeared in the November 2014 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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