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Here, young and friendly chef Ago Špacapan introduces guests to the flavours of the Karst region. Having taken over the trattoria opened by his parents...
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Reviewed August 8, 2023

We stayed in the hotel as well as eating dinner here. The hotel, Pension Spaca, is small, owned and operated by a family. Spacapanova Hisa is the attached restaurant that they operate. When we walk in, we smell what we take to be baking bread....It is not. Their house bread is sourdough. The smell of yeast comes from the baking of yeast that goes into their house butter. We had not pre-booked our dinner, so they had not expected us to eat here. Nonetheless, the chef offers to make us a meat and cheese platter, and pasta porchini. We accept the kind offer. He recommends a local wine. The experience was one of the best we have had on our travels. We make up our minds to request Slovenian wine when possible. It is excellent. We recommend this restaurant without hesitation.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 19, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I stayed overnight at Špacapanova Hisa as a stop on a 7-day cycling tour, and we had dinner and breakfast there. This was a memorably great dining experience and I highly recommend it. It’s a small operation where the owner seems to...do everything: host, sommelier, waiter, food runner, busboy, and presumably cooking a lot of the food. It’s a labor of love, and his passion really comes through. The food was really excellent. We dined at several Michelin star restaurants on the trip, and the food and experience at Spacapanova was equally special while being far less pretentious (and half the price). Everything is homemade, down to the beer, wine, balsamic vinegar, bread, and cured meats. So impressive!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed February 27, 2023

We had a really pleasant dinner. The food was fantastic. Superbly finished plates. A perfect match of flavors and on the top all, an insanely friendly waiter and owner. After dinner, we visited their cellar, where the owner showed us everything that he does, from...dry meat wine, spirits. He really works with his heart and that shows in the quality of his products. We will be back soon.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed September 4, 2022 via mobile

Been here few times, it was always good balance between price and performance. Apperently they raised the prices from our last visit in December 21, now long menu cost 100 eur per person, which is crazy if you consider ingredients of dishes plus portions are...very small. If you look only for nicely decorated plates, you found a right place! You will have to eat a lot of bread to be full at the end. Bright sight of the story is new waiter, very attentive and kind. On the other hand cocky owner does not even say hello. That was my last visit, many other places around worth a visit.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2022 via mobile

One of top Slovenian restaurants in all respects. Please, do not expect fast food or that you could order food out of a daily menu. Špacapan prepares a culinary experience in its original meaning. It is well thought and especially tasty set of probably 20...or more delights within a 5 course set menu. should you expect a steak and to finish in one hour, do not go there. This is a place for real food lovers. Every dish is an experience. every dish is prepared from local ingredients - and every is simply amazing. We were asking ourselves all the time: is he (the chef) going to keep the pace until the last one. He did. Wow. Not to mention wines. Two of us took wines to accompany food, and two ordered two wines only. Both choices were very good.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed January 9, 2022 via mobile

We have organized here our company’ s team building with special dinner. We ate a long menu. All together was amazing the Best. Every plate was special experience. Congratulation to the owner and staff. We are going to return for sure.

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 12, 2021

So, let's get to the point! There's an answer to my post which needs explanation. In my post, We should enjoy our food I mentioned just one point, possibility to choose, possibility to enjoy food! I could add cheap furnished rooms, yellow mold in the...bathroom, creaking floor, unheated terrace for dinner... but I didn't. The answer to my words goes further and deeper as it should. Yes, it is possible that some people don't check everything on the restaurant's web page, it is possible to pretend to be satisfied with the food. It was me who accepted the menu, but my husband didn't. He didn't eat most of the offered foods. It was me, who covered him! You mentioned that we didn't cancel the dinner on time. No, we couldn't because we didn't know that your restaurant offers THE SAME DINNER MENU! As I said we didn't check your web page in detail and that's not a crime. We politely asked if we can get a different dinner. Your husband kept on making phone calls when we realized that's only one menu! And even he threatened us. And at the end, he offered my husband, not me, another menu! Not on the same evening but when we had already left the next day. We were polite, we explained over and over again. No, sorry, your guests are not your priority. Your priority is money! The only thing which was mentioned in the phone calls was that we have to pay for the dinner. If someone doesn't FIT IN as you mentioned, it should be your way to welcome his differences and ods. You lack understanding, acceptance, kindness, professionalism. I can feel your reactions artificial and you pretend to be posh! When we arrived at the hotel there wasn't a single smile or a single nice word of acceptance for the two of us! You wanted and still want my husband and me to feel inferior, ignorant, humiliated. But don't feel good about this. We are not and we enjoyed the dinner we chose by our hearts and wishes! And we will avoid inconveniences connected with Špacapanova hiša forever! I hope someone would as well make a good choice avoiding your address.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 4, 2021 via mobile

Warm interiour, kind serving staff, interesting combinations of dishes, focus on local small winemakers. Highly recommend it!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 2, 2021

To have a possibility to choose is a simple but yet very, very important detail when it comes to food. If you stay at Špacapanova hiša for two nights you HAVE to follow a slow food menu. Only one menu. No choices! And if you...say that you want to enjoy food by your own choice they told you that you ordered dinner! So accept what they have… And forget the simple wish to really enjoy your food. Food by your choice. And when you talk to the staff about the issue they become arrogant.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Ago Špacapan, Owner at Spacapanova Hisa, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2021

Dear Mr./Ms. We thank you for staying with us and for your feedback. We are sorry your experience didn’t fulfill your expectations. Perhaps you didn’t have time to check our website or visit our social media pages before your visit. There, you would be able...More

Reviewed August 3, 2021 via mobile

Known place to locals (Slovenians) but not really destination you just turn off from the main roads if you are tourist. But if you have time do just that as it is well worthy. Splendid food, great hospitality and being in the heart of Karst...region - amazing red wine Kraški Teran. Just take a 5 or 7 course menue and with some extra "amuse-bouche" you are in for culinary delight. Everything is super tasty & smooth. For me personally young goat as a main was real cherry on the cake but all the rest was amazing as well. Even more - my wife is vegetarian and she got special treatment with customised magic from the Chef. I just attach pictures as they can say more than words.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021

During Slovenia's 'Restaurant Week' I went to this place with a couple of friends for dinner. For an hour and a half we waited for something to eat. What did we get? Our first "amuse-bouche" was - I'm not joking - a fried sage-leaf! Yes,...ONE fried sage leaf! This was followed by other tit-bits of nothing, backed up by various wines and large quantities of bread. The first actual (very small) dish of the menu didn't arrive until 90 minutes later! And so it went on. The photos on their site look great, but we didn't get anything resembling those dishes. We were charged €300 for a SNACK that was not worth more than €30 - for THREE of us!! Looking round at the other diners, they were in the same position - nobody was eating! The dishes were so minimal and infrequent that the diners spent most of the time waiting.... We will NEVER go there again ( and we live nearby!)!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 29, 2021 via mobile

A nice family restaurant serving local food with a modern twist. The chef is very creative with the dishes and you get to taste a big variety of food.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 30, 2021

This was one of our gastronomic highlights highlights last year. An unpretentious house in the middle of the village, with traditional indoors and a nice terrace. A relaxed setting; perfect for a long, relaxing, and enjoyable autumn lunch. The start was outstanding. They brought a...long line of tasty bites (technically, they weren't amuse bouche since there is a cover charge, but at 4 EUR per person, this is negligible compared with what you get). The highlights were tempura-style fried sage, and a donut with speck (the latter of course being the star since Špacapan makes their cold cuts). The homemade bread was excellent, as was the whipped butter with yeast added to it. While an overly yeasty note is a flaw for a bread, being it the accompanying butter, it was really nice. Then came the prosciutto. Slovenians tend to exaggerate praising our Karst-pršut, rating it higher than San Daniele and pata negra. Well, the one that Špacapan makes, actually is a worthy contender and it is one of the things I am really looking for at our next visit. I can actually say that it is the best Slovenian prosciutto we ever had. The ramsons soup was a complex mix of flavors and textures. Compiling it at the table was a nice touch as well. Before the main dish (a perfect representation of local lamb, consisting of oven-baked leg, succulent and tasty, lamb pate, and a potato fritter) came the star of the whole lunch and one of the best dishes we had in 2020 - a sorbet. How can an interim dish be the star of the meal? Simply. First, there were the ingredients: artisanal yoghurt, gentle in flavor, but certainly making the leading note of the dish. Chopped black olives were not too aggressive and the olive oil dripped over the sorbet was not one of those overly-spicy blends from Slovenian Istria. A touch of celery accentuated the savory note. Heaven! I have to add that the texture of the sorbet was perfect and if I am not mistaken, achieved without using the PacoJet. After such a sorbet, our expectations for the desserts were very high. Unfortunately, they were crushed with both plates we got. The apple strudel was a poor version of deconstruction of this traditional Slovenian dish. The small rolls of filo dough were boring, apples were present in the form of brunoise, with no chef's intervention. The vanilla ice cream lacked the "vanilla" component, and I am not quite sure whether the caramel sauce was homemade. Štruklji, another traditional Slovenian dish, were even worse. Like with the strudel, there were micro-rolls of dough. There was very little filling in them (they should burst with cottage-cheese-filling, and Špacapan sources from and artisanal dairy producer, another reason to make it the central point of the dish), they were floating in some sort of a thin sauce, with a few blueberries (tasteless American variety) and almond slivers added. The desserts are one of the reasons why I rated such a good restaurant with 4/5 only. The second one was the waiter. As with the meal, it started well with the service as well. But at some point in time, a group of young women sat at the table next to ours, and later an unannounced group of cyclists was welcomed. The ladies took the waiter's attention, while the large and unexpected group caused a serious slow-down of the service. We will certainly be paying attention to that during our next visit, enjoying the pršut and yoghurt sorbet (and of course all other creations Špacapan will prepare).More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed October 21, 2020

Excellent food in homey ambient. Many surprises throughout the whole dinner. Excellent wine selection. Nice service. Great home made jams.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 10, 2020 via mobile

One of the top restaurant in Slovenia. Food, garden, inside, presentation of food and whole story is amazin.

Date of visit: October 2019
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