New Morningside Restaurant Focuses On Balkan Food Takeaway And Delivery

Well-known barista and cafe owner Dragan Sestic and his family have been excited to bring Balkan cuisine to Morningside through Kasina, a cafe by day and restaurant by night. But only a day after the restaurant opened, the Sestics had to close again because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Kasina, which has space to seat about 65 people, faces a whole new challenge as an impact of the pandemic. They can only accept a limited number of guests at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions. To keep the business afloat, they quickly pivoted to takeaway. 

The Sestics, who are veterans in the hospitality business being the owners of Brisbane’s popular artisan coffee roastery Dramanti, were hesitant to try takeaways at first. But despite the fact that the restaurant isn’t familiar to locals, they received an enormous interest in takeaway and delivery. Now, they are overwhelmed with the positive response they have been receiving from the community.

Photo credit: Kasina/Facebook

“Our amazing supporters have expressed a strong desire for takeout / pickup, so we have heeded their request! We will also provide delivery services to all surrounding suburbs. So…let us try once more to open this kitchen,” Kasina shared in a Facebook post.

“Just tried for the first time and the food was amazing, delivery service friendly. Will be going plenty of times for sure. Highly recommend!” said one customer.

Housed in the former location of Nobunaga Japanese restaurant along Wynnum Road, Kasina specialises in Balkan food, particularly dishes from Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia. Some of the food on offer include cevapi –grilled Serbian sausages served with lepinja bread (Serbian flatbread), kajmak (cheese-like cream), and onion; sarma or stuffed cabbage leaves with beef and rice; and cured meats and cheese. As for drinks, guests can expect Turkish coffee alongside their signature blend.

Photo credit: Kasina/Facebook

If not for the restrictions, Kasina would have offered acoustic Balkan music on Saturday nights as guests feast on Balkan-inspired dishes. They also planned to offer a range of wines and beers, including rajika, a fruit brandy made from the distillation of fermented fruit that is popular in the Balkans.

Photo credit: Kasina/Facebook

But for now, they put more focus on takeaway. Kasina does not want to compromise the quality of their food, so they had to reduce the menu offering to items that they believe are suitable for delivery. They are open for online pickup or delivery from Wednesday to Sunday. Those who are planning to visit Kasina are encouraged to book online. For further information about booking and pickup/delivery service, visit Kasina’s website or follow them on Facebook

Experience Authentic Japanese Dining at Nobunaga Yakitori Morningside

Are you craving for Yakitori but wondering where to find a restaurant across Brisbane? Explore the Morningside neighborhood and indulge with servings of authentic Japanese skewered meat at Nobunaga Yakitori.

Yakitori literally means “grilled chicken” but this Morningside diner offers more than just chicken. They have other meats such as seafood, beef and pork and even vegetables like tamanegi or sliced onion, niniku or garlic cloves, and kinoko or mushroom.

Grilled meat is best served with Japanese curry rice and nobunaga potato sarada or their own delicious potato salad with Japanese mayo on the side. For seafood lovers, they have the sea scallop from Hokkaido and the O Ebi or large prawns perfect for groups.

If you have sweet tooth, don’t miss their Japanese cheese cake imported from Fukuoka, Japan. They also have the matcha and vanilla-flavored ice creams to satisfy any sweet cravings. They have Calpis, an original Japanese soft drink to pair with grilled meat. But if you wish to add a healthier twist to your meal, you may choose their Japanese green tea or lemon tea.

More than the food, the ambience at Nobunaga Yakitori gives an authentic Japanese vibe. They have chairs complementing their wooden tables and just like the traditional way, you may opt for the seiza style of sitting on your knees.

Yakitori became popular in Japan in the mid 1900s but only became a trend in other countries like United States and Australia a few years ago. It was 2017 when Yakitori became a trend in Brisbane that there is a noticeable increase in yakitori pop-ups everywhere.

What makes yakitori special? For fans of Japanese-style grilled meat, it’s the complex flavours of the spices or sauces that give the bite-size meat an extra oomph. It is slow-cooked over a specially designed charcoal grill. The end product, a perfectly browned crust that is juicy on the inside, will whet your appetite.

Nobunaga Yakitori is located at 645 Wynnum Road, Morningside. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday from noon until 9:00 pm.

For further information, visit the restaurant’s website or check out their Facebook page.