Love Pork? “Odojak To Go” Store Opens in Zagreb’s Laniste Neighbourhood

Lauren Simmonds

December the 19th, 2020 – Odojak (suckling pig) is a much loved meal for many a Croatian meat lover and quite the staple on many a Croatian restaurant. With coffee to go available just about everywhere, why not odojak to go? Here in the Croatian capital, this new place is more than likely to be a hit.

As Vecernji list/Zoran Vitas writes, on the very first day of it having opened its doors, Zagreb’s brand new Odojak to go facility showcased precisely just how popular it is going to be among the meal lovers of the city as a little crowd gathered outside waiting for a taste.

As expected, Zagreb’s brand new Odojak to go which is located in Laniste saw lines of people forming in front of it pretty much all day. Last week, leaflets appeared in this particular Zagreb neighbourhood with the message that a ”store” will be opened soon, where lamb and suckling pig from the spit, as well as veal cooked in a favoute way will be sold. The queues outside the brand new Odojak to go, as well as the current epidemiological measures which cause delays, saw some people waiting for around twenty minutes before even being able to get inside.

Neven Husinec, who opened a store in Laniste with his wife Arnela said that things had started out excellently for Odojak to go and that they were feeling good about their new venture. The Husinec couple is otherwise from Krizevci, where the meat for Odojak to go is prepared, and then delivered in half an hour, still warm and fresh, along the new highway to Zagreb.

”Well, look, we started this on our own, every now and then you get the desire for odojak or veal, and something like that is rarely available in small quantities. It was then that we realised that people are looking for something just like that, for christenings and similar events, so it’s good that people know where to go, they don’t have to look anymore,” said Neven, who admitted that although he had a good feeling about it, he was surprised at the amount of people who came.

The store is beautifully decorated, because that is otherwise Neven’s wife Arnela’s profession.

”I worked in fashion for a long time, because of the pandemic it’s no longer possible, so we started with this and I applied what I’d learned in my previous job here. No, we really didn’t expect it to go this well, it looks like we were right. And we’re still late! We wanted to start earlier. For the sake of the whole family, this could be good,” she said.

It’s winter, it’s Christmas time, and what if it warms up and people start wanting lighter food? Well, in that case we’ll just go to the coast. This sort of food is just as popular down there, and many of the people who were here at Odojak to go today will also be going down there at some point,” the Husinec couple concluded.

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