Rice, chopsticks, and combinations of sweet, spicy, and sour in the same dish are the first associations with the diverse and rich cuisines of the East. Some may still shy away from exotics that are foreign to their palates, but it is sure that once you taste the gyoza dumplings and meat on a hot pan, you will want to explore the unique flavors of Asia in much more detail.
Whether you're already in love with sushi and fried bananas or just about to try them, Galerija is the place to perfect your chopstick skills.
It is known that restaurants sometimes prepare Chinese dishes with certain modifications to satisfy the tastes of local guests and thus lose their authenticity. This is not the case at the Shangri La restaurant, which is why it is the right place to start your gastronomic journey through the East. Warm up with tofu and seafood soup, then whet your appetite with shrimp chips or seaweed salad. The highlight of the feast should be one of the famous dishes such as duck on a red-hot iron plate. If you prefer a Japanese menu, traditional sushi here comes with futuristic technology, served on the first moving Kaiten-sushi belt in Serbia. Be sure to toast with Japan's famous sake rice wine. The Shangri La restaurant is located on the ground floor and is open every working day from 9 AM to 11 PM, while on weekends you can visit it until 2 AM.
Due to the abundance of vegetables and fish, Asian cuisine is one of the healthiest in the world. Fresh ingredients are used for preparation, and the food is thermally processed for a short time, which preserves vitamins and nutritional values. A premium experience of Asian food with a view to the future awaits you at the Asia Food restaurant because here you can also be served by robots if you decide to do so. Everything else is pure tradition. The richness and taste of the ingredients in effectively prepared combinations preserve the original oriental character thanks to the skill of the best Chinese chefs. Lovers of spicy food will not find a fault with Szechuan-style chicken, so they better order a larger portion immediately. Aromatic crispy duck is another delicacy on the menu, and if you like unusual combinations, look for chicken with pineapple or coconut. And the treats are indeed Chinese. In addition to pineapples and bananas, even pudding and chocolate are served here! Asia Food is located on the second floor, opposite the cinema, and the restaurant's opening hours are every day from 10 AM to 10 PM.
Asian cuisine is much more than Chinese and Japanese. The humming aromas characteristic of Thai food will unmistakably lead you to the Pad Thai restaurant in the Food Hall on the second floor, opposite the cinema. It got its name from the dish of the same name, Pad thai, which is very common and well-known in the Thai tradition. It unites all the principles of their cuisine, which is characterized by strong and spicy spices, but well-balanced flavors. Interestingly, every Thai dish must have four types of taste: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Pad Thai is prepared in a variety of ways at Galerija. It is mostly a combination of vegetables with meat or seafood, with rice or rice noodles as a side dish. If you're really hungry, order spring rolls and gyoza with different types of fillings as an appetizer and dive into the mystical world of Thai cuisine. You can visit the Pad Thai restaurant every day from 10 AM to 10 PM.
Rice is certainly the most famous food in Asian cuisine, but not the only one that nutritionists would recommend we consume more often. Did you know that soy sauce, in addition to being very tasty, is also rich in important amino acids and facilitates digestion? Also valuable is ginger, which has a soothing effect on the stomach and helps the body to expel toxins. Without these two ingredients, it is difficult to make the famous sour-spicy Chinese soup, and one of the best in the city is prepared at the Chinese restaurant Super Wok on the second floor of Galerija. From here there is a wonderful view from the bridge from Ada to Kalemegdan. Their fried chicken in the sweet and sour sauce has also earned a reputation as a must-try dish. The Super Wok restaurant is open every day from 10 AM to 10 PM.
Whichever Asian specialty you choose, know that every bite on the plate brings a perfect balance of flavors. Fill them with green tea, sake, or characteristic drinks and go on a kind of cultural journey through Asia.