Some things are just meant to be. I was driving around Lapad and suddenly I realized that I have a flat! Seconds later, I saw this parking lot, thank God, right there, just waiting for me! The sign said 'For restaurant guest only' and only then I noticed that I was in front of a cute little restaurant - yes, you guessed it - it was the 'Pantarul'.I changed my tire and went inside to wash my hands and maybe have a beer or something, but no! No, no, no! The moment I laid my eyes on the interior I knew that I will have a lot, lot more then just a beer here!
It was...it was fantastic! European, in the best meaning of the word, yet-kind of homey! Clean, simple lines, soothing pastel colors, subdued, unobtrusive elegance in every little detail, and wonderful, overwhelming feeling of calm and relaxation, simply - a place of comfort! And good food! No - a great food!
I opened with Baby spinach and grapefruit salad, and I can tell you-this was a revelation! Never ever in my life I would come to the idea of mixing spinach and grapefruit, even now, when I think of it-it sounds..well, weird, but, oh boy! It was wonderful! Fresh, light dish that will tickle your palate and make you crave for more surprises, yes sir! Next was Stewed octopus with creamy polenta - all I can say is: "I want more!" Rich in taste, yet light in texture, beautiful, a little bit spicy (garlic is doing the trick) dish that called for some red wine, however, I noticed that they serve 'Spoža', a wonderful, gentle rose - so I took a glass. A gamble, but a good one! At least for me, I liked it a lot! Yummy, great combo, highly recommended!
By now, I was full, because the servings are really generous in this gourmet oasis, but there was no stopping now! "So?"-I asked myself-"What could round this fabulous experience better than juicy, tender, leg of lamb?" Well-a juicy, tender leg of lamb with pickled artichokes and golden, crispy potatoes, of course-that's what! And yes, so help me, I had that too! OMG! OMG and then some more! Meat was like a dream, potatoes were like a fairy tale and I was like...like a balloon, ready to pop, full to the brim, yet absolutely relaxed and happy! Yes, happy!
Long story short-beautiful interior, super nice and polite service, food to die for and-for the proverbial cherry on the cake-all that for less then 40Euro!
Thank God my tire blew...:)
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