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“Brilliant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gostilna Apolonia - CLOSED

Gostilna Apolonia
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

This is a truly brilliant restaurant with rooms in Smarje, with Polona front-of-house and her mother in the kitchen. It is quite close to the motorway network, so really easy to get to, once you know where it is. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed like old friends, and throughout each dinner Polona managed a perfect balance of friendliness and conversation with full silver service. The menu is all fish and seafood, with both traditional and inventive options. The food was a perfect balance of good ingredients, exceptionally accurate cooking, successful creativity and good portions. All the good aspects of fine dining but with the friendliness of somewhere more traditional. Two great dishes were a sea bass carpaccio with truffle honey and an appetiser of large red prawns with roasted pear, gorgonzola cream and an amaretto sauce but all 15 or so courses we had over our three dinners there were excellent. We stuck to the house white (a Brda Chardonnay) which was excellent and well-priced, though other bigger-name local wines (eg Simcic) are available. We stayed in one of their bedrooms - which was large, light and airy and the breakfasts were amazingly good, from the top-grade meats and omelette to croissants with superb jams. A wonderful experience - thankyou Polona.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AlanandRuth
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Serbian first
  • Any
English first
Belgrade, Serbia
Level Contributor
60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“You have to find Apolonia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

You have to be told about Apolonia, it is not place you will find just passing by...
Sea food only, in Slovenian hills. Family restaurant with no strict menu, but Michelin star worth.

Excellent point is that they have 7-8 "château style” furnished rooms, so Apolonia is perfect overnight stop combining high class food, excellent accommodation and fair prices.

Also, there is very nice homemade food gift you will receive at departure.

Apolonia is complete experience!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Dejan R
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Espoo, Finland
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

Our gourmet fish dinner was fantastic. Mother in the kitchen had prepared four different home made bred and bred chips. All the fish/seafood portions were very elegant and delicious. The local open wine Chardonnay suited very well with the meal.

The daughter who served really pampered us. She took extra good care of explaining the dishes and giving also good advice to us for visiting Slovenia. With the dessert we were offered delicious home made sweet wine made from local Teran grapes. It resembled the Finnish winter time spicy drink "Glög". Thank you for the memorable evening.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank juha_iivonen
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