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“Ask for Samogitian specialties!”
Review of Zvejo sodyba

Zvejo sodyba
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Karkle
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile

We ate here three times during our stay in Karkle, since it was the only place open in the beginning of June. Menu is quite extensive, but don't forget to ask for local specialties of the region. Samogitian sour cream butter (kastinys) with hot potatoes was superb, and even my daughter who is a very picky eater ordered it twice. Also, here I tried desert of Minor Lithuania zankuchen (sand pie) for the first time. Cold onion and herring soup (cibulyne) was also very good. Prices are not high, for 3 adults and 2 children meals we paid 30-40 euros.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed July 22, 2017

It is situated in picturesque Seaside Regional Park.You felt yourself in real fisherman's homestead of the begin of the 20th. century.Ancient wooden tables and benches,surrounded by the flower blossoms creates a relaxing and cozy atmosphere.
The dishes were tasteful.Squid was soft and tender.The halibut prawn sauce -juicy and pulpy,melts in your mouth.The dessert -carrot pie-distinguished by its spicy orange and crispy nut taste.Prices are low and affordable compare with nearby situated farmstead "Gamtos Perlas".
Of course, you can't expect food serving and composition culture like in highest level restaurants.And the service wasn't professional.The waiter was working only third day, so he couldn't answer to our questions and was hurry to get rid of us as soon as possible.
Finally, I would recommend this place for the seekers of tranquility,beauty and tasteful food for affordable price.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed July 21, 2017

Picture this - hot summer Sunday afternoon. You escaped from hassle and dust of the city and after queuing in traffic finally reconnected to purity of Mother Nature.
A wild beach, a leafy forest in the dunes, soft murmur of waves washing upon the shore. Barely anyone around! It's a PARADISE! And there indeed is such place on this side of the turf. Karkle. If you happened to be in Western Lithuania in summer try it. Forget overcrowded Palanga and Sventoj, along with overpriced Nida. Karkle is merely 10km away from Klaipeda city centre and is a little gem. Or rather a sunny amber on the Baltic Sea shores. Or so we thought. Having spent entire afternoon bathing in the sea and baking in the sun the clock and violently rumbling tummies mercilessly reminded us of proximity to dinner time. In true wild paradise however public eating provisions are scarce. And in case of Karkle you are, well, limited to ... behold...The Old Fisherman's Hamlet. A lovely and spacious village style eatery at the edge of forest. Log huts and open air grill. Pond with live fish, old wind mill (who would have thought you can place one literally in the woods) and even a guest house. We were there on a more moderate mission though - food! If it all was painting a rather jolly and bright picture as above here's the turning point. I have to be honest and objective though. There should be more than one criteria looked at when reviewing family orientated places like this.

Externally - 9/10. Apart from what's mentioned earlier you'll find there a rather nice kids play area with swings, see-saw, a mini merry-go-round and various climbing arrangement. However these facilities are completely unsupervised.

Seating area - 10/10. You'll be spoilt whether to seat in the main hall, in the enclosed glass-clad annex, in the outer seating area or by the pond. Brilliant!

Internally - 7/10. And this is solely to quality of bathrooms and woodwork on the walls where nailheads are visible everywhere. Otherwise a lovely traditional log-cabin style of past-time village living.

Menu - 3/10. Typical lithuanian home-style cooking. Not impressive at all unless you are hooked on fatty fried chunks of meat. The outside grill though offers a very decent shashlik and a grilled fish. Surprisingly little fish dishes on the menu. And of those you won't find any "catch-of-the-day" (sigh). Looks as if the Old Fisherman had re-profiled to catering business entirely.

Prices - 3/10. it's expensive for what it is. Although what other options can you have at location where nearest competitors are some 20min drive away?!

Service - 0/10. And here I wish I could go even lower. Should I say it?

So that's how the story went. We are a family of 5. Middle class. No special needs, neither special demands. All we wanted was just food. And some drinks.
Once entered you find yourself roaming around the place pointlessly and by yourself peering through open doors and trying to figure our where should you seat. No meet&greet service. No allocated seating. The waiters whoosh past you without paying any attention. Well, we're not proud, we're hungry. So after a little site exploration we selected the main hall where, as it appeared, the bar and the kitchen were located.
Chose the table and sat. And waited. And waited...waited....waited. I finally went to the bar asking the bar-maid of how to ordered the drinks. "Wait at your table" - was her answer. Not promising as yet. One of the youngish late-teen lasses finally took a notice of us. Or perhaps she was told to acknowledge our presence eventually.
The menu was rather unimpressive, as mentioned already. Salmon and Cepelinai were not available! And that's in the village style fish diner!? Too bad.
We ordered the drinks and decided on the 4 plates of shashlik and bangers&mash for my daughter. Salted herring (my all-time local favourite) and a sea-food platter to share for starters.
Drinks were served within next 15 minutes or so. A pint of local Grimbergen Dark went down really easily so I was ready for another round fairly soon. Well, as you probably guessed already nothing happened. I sat and waited staring into my empty glass for another 15 minutes when made my 2nd approach to the bar counter. My reminder worked and next round of liquid pleasantries was delivered to our table fairly quickly. Kids went to the playground and the adults, refreshed by 5% potency of the brew, immersed in to a conversation. It was after some 20-25 minutes when thoughts of hunger re-started drilling into my brain - where is our food??? Having managed to catch-up with our waitress with a untimely reminder on one of her passes-by we finally got plates on our table! Namely, 4 plates of shashlik. That was all. As she successfully evaporated into a thin air after delivering those there was not much left for us to do but to dig into our food. Cravings, particularly when a full plate is right in front of you, were too much to resist for us. As kids menu order wasn't delivered as yet my daughter simply nibbled off our plates in meantime. So we ate. Until finishing all the food. Nothing else followed. Feeling increasingly uneasy I tried to wave to our waitress. Largely in vain though. And so I went to the counter again quite irritated. "Not ready yet"?! It was a joke at this stage already. A portion of kid's bangers&mash! How long anyone reading these line needs to make one?! And yes, well - what happened to our starters? They asked me to wait at the table again. And perhaps in 5 minutes my daughter's plate was finally brought. Just in time when she didn't feel hungry anymore. And then, uh-huh, who could have expected, here came my herring! Followed in quick succession by a sea-food platter which consisted of 3 (three!) slices of frozen smoked salmon, a handful of micro- North sea shrimps, lettuce and olives. Seeing this my wife started changing in her face bringing our little Sunday escape to paradise in danger of tumultuous and nerve wrecking disaster. I had to intervene telling waitress that at this stage of our dinner we'd rather expect her to offer us a desert and a coffee rather than hugely belated starters. Her rather unapologetic answer explained it all - The kitchen cannot take back the order!!! Well, without much hesitation I reasonably decided Eur6 is indeed a small price to pay to preserve peace and quiet.

On aggregate. Service, in any form or shape, in many post-Soviet countries is a challenge on the border of acceptability. You shouldn't expect much anywhere, even at fairly expensive establishments to be pampered anywhere near to average European or North American standards. But these guys at the Old Fisherman's Hamlet definitely broke through the bottom of it to the new low! I shouldn't mention probably but it came so natural at the end of this disastrous eating experiment. Once paid, the waitress lost any interest in us completely. Not only we were not offered by the venue any possibility to redeem for their failures, there wasn't even an apology! Looking around to the locals though I was left with the impression this kind of service is not an unheard of occurrence to them, not to say an everyday norm.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed October 15, 2017 via mobile
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Date of visit: October 2017
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