We had to go back. It was just too good. And it did not disappoint! Mila was at school – she is getting a degree in international affairs. She came in later, but it was Sandra assisting this night. We started off with a different kind of drink that he could not explain – homemade with what looked like an olive, was crisp like an apple but somewhat flavorless.
Then Robert gave us some smoked horsemeat sausage made with pork fat to give it a different flavor. That is the fruit that was in the aperitif beside the sausage.
Next up a cheese platter and veggie plate. The cheeses are an old goat cheese, mozzarella, and a very young cheese that is like butter. The veggies are impossibly thin asparagus and ramps, done of course, on the grill, and topped with pancetta crisped up on the grill.
A second vegetable platter with mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers on a bed of arrugula. Just incredible flavor again.
A couple of stories of the evening. As Robert is cooking an oriental man comes in and asks for a pot. Apparently he is staying in Robert’s apartment. Robert leaves the restaurant to go up and help him get set up to cook. Ten minutes later the guy returns. “Do you have a knife to cut the fish?” Robert is busy but directs him to a knife. So easy and natural this exchange.
Later we ask for a business card. Robert says the guy who makes them hasn’t delivered them. Some minutes later the guy and his wife arrive. Robert has called him. The guy, Mihael, says if we can wait 15-20 minutes he’ll go make us some cards. We say sure and his wife, Ameliana, sits down with us to chat. Next thing we know several shots of honey schnapps are sitting in front of us to finish our meal and give us something to drink while we wait.
Just another amazing and wonderful evening. And so we had a wonderful least evening and meal in Ljubljana. . . . So remember the phone used to pay for breakfast? Here it is
. . . . we’re now in Rovinj. It is unbelievably picturesque. À hint of what’s to come.