Although this restaurant's on the main drag near the sea it took a bit of finding. You have to go through one of the non-descript modern shopping centres/markets and then up a ramp to the first floor. Bear in mind that it faces the sea and you'll get there eventually. The environs scream 1970's Yugoslavia rather than 21st century Slovenia but I kind of like that. Inside it's pretty spacious with big picture windows overlooking the park/port and it's a pleasantly bright and unfussy space to spend some time.
Lunchtime service was by an older woman who I'm sure must be the one referred to as 'mama' in another review (this is clearly a small-scale family concern) and she made the whole experience. Communication was somehow improvised in a mixture of Slovenian, Italian. German, English and Czech but we managed in the end and she was utterly charming and welcoming throughout and her personality made the whole meal.
To be perfectly honest the ordering ended up being slightly shambolic with some dishes not being available, others limited and some people not getting what they thought they ordered. I'd suggest that you don't bother going if this sort of thing makes you irate but if you go with the flow and take a relaxed attitude you'll end up with fantastic food. The menu's pretty small and almost exclusively fish based but if you like your seafood the mussels, prawns and sea bass were marvellous. I ended up with a mystery white fish as part of my assortment; I still have no idea what it was but it was the best thing I ate on the trip. Excellent local beers and wines helped us to adapt to the slightly leisurely service.
Overall the hospitality was second to none including the complementary grappa (which was so potent it knocked me out for an hour lying in the sunshine afterwards). The prices were extremely reasonable and a bargain for fish and seafood that's so fresh.
This place isn't for everyone, particularly if you need your fix of meat, but I'd go back there without any hesitation.
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