11 July 2016

Excellent food at a good price? Gostisce Kapusin in Gradac.

An unexpected stop

During my last stop in Bela Krajina, as well as visiting producers and lots of nature, I was lucky enough to visit a wonderful restaurant!

As it had happened once before, always in Slovenia, even at Gostisce Kapusin I wasn’t too impressed as I pulled over with my car. But I don’t want to seem exaggerated so I’ll share this picture with you!What would you think when seeing this photo?

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I thought the marble monolith looked a lot like a modern headstone! 😉

Welcome to Gostisce Kapusin!

I sit down and I’m pleasantly surprised by the accurate and elegant setting of cutlery, plates and glasses.

On the day of my visit, the restaurant was hosting a wedding reception in their garden, so the staff was so busy I was worried I might have to wait ages to be served.

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Fortunately I was wrong! I barely had the time to wash my hands that the waiter came over with a lovely serving dish with elegantly presented strawberries and cherries. Perfect to accompany a nice champagne flute!

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After a toast I went straight on to taste a nice boiled tongue, finely cut and served with fresh cheese!

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Next I tasted a delightful lamb carpaccio, served with rocket salad and goat cheese, and a traditional dish: cheese strudel (belokranjska štrukljeva juha).

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The care and beauty of each dish and the gourmet servings get me all worked up; I’m not sure if my excitement is caused by the newly weds who have just exchange their wedding vows or if it’s because of the delicious food I’m eating!

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Next, they serve a plate of lamb ribs, with potatoes and rosemary sauce, accompanied by a steak and asparagus sauce!

Hurray for Slovenia and its spectacular meat!

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Excellent local wines and an impeccable service accompanied the lunch; the waiters were flawless even if there was a wedding reception going on.

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To end the meal I tried sweet bread called putizza, made with buckwheat and accompanied with a breath-taking Riesling selection.

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Nothing left now but to ask for the bill!

“A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.”

(Aldous Huxley)

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