Serves meat, veg options available. Serves vegan/vegetarian cuisine like pasta and salad in addition to fish. Homemade seitan. Non-smoking. English spoken and on menu. Only 18 seats so reserve ahead. Directions: 1 minute walk from the Catholic Cathedral. Note Karuzo has a "bb" street address - it's at the east end of street before the numbering starts. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Mediterranean, Non-veg
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First Review by Adnan
heyheyrenee
heyheyrenee
  • vegan
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+81

Well Done!

4 Posted on 09 / 29 / 2012

We are sitting here eating now. I had the vegan Mint Pea soup. It was delicious. Very flavorful. My husband had the Grilled Pear salad. It looked amazing and he said it was delicious. For our second course, I had the vegan chili seitan. It was very hearty, spicy and very good. The seitan is homemade. My husband had the John Dory Fish Fillet with Spicy Mango Salsa. He said it was very good and very spicy. The restaurant also has free WiFi. The owner was very helpful too. This restaurant seems to be a lot healthier than traditional Bosnian food. Enjoy!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 26, 2012

Pros: They take reservations, Outdoor seating, Delicious vegan options
Cons: Very small restaurant
  • heyheyrenee heyheyrenee

    They actually do have air conditioning. It just wasn't on the first night we were there but it was on the second time we went.

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kwanza
kwanza
  • vegetarian
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+79

Creative food, fantastic experience

4 Posted on 09 / 12 / 2012

Karuzo is a gem is a meat-heavy country. Don't be put off by the fact that the restaurant serves dairy and fish - the owner Sasha (lovely guy) is a raw vegan but has pragmatically concluded that Bosnians are not yet ready for vegan cuisine and that he can provide a good stepping stone.

The retaurant design is very quirky (like a boat) and the food and drinks menu is extremely impressive. We had the vegan sushi (smoked tofu, mango and avocado - a triumph), stuffed swiss chard pockets (tasty) and a mushroom/polenta concoction (also tasty). The house wine was from Herzegovina and was very good. Almost all menu items are veganisable and there is also an extensive range of pasta dishes. Vegan desserts also available.

The only drawbacks are that Karuzo is expensive compared to other Sarajevo restaurants (but worth it in my opinion) and service is very slow (unsusprisingly for a one man chef-waiter joint).

Highly recommended.

Pros: extremely vegan friendly, extensive and inspired menu, great atmosphere
Cons: a little pricey, slow service
michrozen
michrozen
  • vegan
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+65

best food I had in my life

4 Posted on 09 / 11 / 2012

usually I don't go to places that serve meet, but this place serve only fish, and the chef/ owner/waiter is row-vegan so he knows his way. I have no words but- now I can go to heaven because I know that it got to be a place that serve good food. go, you will not regret!!

Pros: the food, the vibe, the pepole
Cons: serves fish

Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+2291

Karuzo, Sarajevo

4 Posted on 05 / 07 / 2012

Vegetarian and pescatarian food. For veggies there are offerings for lacto, ovo and vegan vegetarians. Pescatarian dishes offered, e.g. shrimp and sushi if you have someone non veggie friendly with you who likes fish/seafood. Good choice menus are in English including the specials board. The chef/waiter is a nice guy called Sasha. He is multi-lingual including English. I simply asked what he would recommend that was vegan veggie. In a great 'can do' response he enthused back to me, "What would you like, I can cook anything you like?". 25 marks for a hearty and tasty meal including a fruit juice make it good value for money. Centrally located and open good hours on most days. I would prefer if it was 100% veggie of course but it's easily the best restaurant in town currently for veggies (I need no convincing of the difficulties in trying to interest Bosnians in a purely vegetarian restaurant).

Karuzo has a 'bb' street address (see guidance notes on the Bosnia and Hercegovina page on this website). It's at the East end of the street before the numbering starts. From the Catholic Cathedral its just up the hill and turn left round the corner.

A very small point but I would prefer if the menu was split into vegetarian and pescatarian sections. Something on the menu to indicate the vegan veggie dishes would also be useful.

Closed Sundays but everyone needs a day off.

I'd be more than happy to eat here again.

Corrected west with east from previous review on Friday March 30, 2007, following comment below from Maggie.

Pros: Tasty food, Central, Friendly service
Cons: Closed Sundays, Not 100% veggie
  • Dijanam Dijanam

    Absolutely wonderful place. I am not sure what is better the atmosphere, chef or food. Not too expensive even for Bosnian standard. From my experience, especially in dating a vegan in Sarajevo, this is the first time someone knew what "vegan" means.

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  • Maggie Maggie

    Great review, just one correction, Karuzo is located at the east, not the west end of Mehmed Spaho, just behind the central market(Merkale) - walk to the back of the market and you'll be facing it.

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Maggie
Maggie
  • vegetarian
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+37

Creative and interesting food

4 Posted on 05 / 05 / 2012

Karuzo serves fish and cheeses, no meat, no eggs. Incredibly creative and varied vegetarian and vegan selections, with changing specials. We've eaten there multiple times. Sasha, the owner/chef is very knowledgeable and willing to do substitutes for vegans - he often substitutes smoked tofu for cheese. Everything is made from scratch by the owner and one helper with fresh food, so the wait can be long if there are other customers, but the food is worth waiting for. Specialties we particularly like are the grilled pear, greens and walnut salad; the swiss chard pockets; the chili seitan; nacho salad; polenta with porcini sauce. He has several eggless desserts - the chocolate apple cherry dessert is our favorite, also ice cream with salt and olive oil! and amaranth pudding. Seating is limited, so reservations are helpful. Take out is also available. He can use a bit too much salt for our taste, so we always ask him to go light on the salt. There's one nice outside table. The tables for four have one backless bench.

Pros: creative food, varied gourmet vegan selections, friendly and helpful chef
Cons: slow service, limited seating
jollypig
jollypig
  • vegetarian
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+99

Mixed Feelings

3 Posted on 03 / 21 / 2010

OK, so you come here knowing that the restaurant serves sushi, which would put many vegetarians off.

The owner is helpful and friendly and willing to tailor your meal to your taste and requirements. After a bit of a wait the food was pretty good, but not great - perhaps a bit on the bland side. It was a little overpriced by Sarajevo standards.

It's a nice restaurant; more upmarket than most in Sarajevo. But personally I'd prefer to go to a totally vegetarian place, which in Sarajevo means the excellent Vegehana. Otherwise there's Global Foods or Taj Mahal which are Veg Friendly.

Pros: Friendly owner, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Serves sushi, Food a bit bland, Expensive
raluca
raluca
  • vegetarian
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+36

OK..

3 Posted on 09 / 25 / 2009

The restaurant is not 100% vegetarian - it serves fish as well.
The owner cooks all the food himself, which can lead to quite long waiting times. The food wasn't bad, nothing special, I just felt it was really overpriced for what it was (£9 for quite a simple lentil dish in Bosnia is a bit much).


Adnan
Adnan
  • vegetarian
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+50

It's here, or nowhere

4 Posted on 12 / 08 / 2006

Macrobiotic food (serves fish). Creative menu. The only place in town for sushi -- good sushi. The owner runs the place by himself -- nice guy. Decent wine list. Mostly international crowd.

Pros: non-smoking, good food
Cons: seating arrangements, long waits (when busy), prices

 

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