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“a taste of disappointment”
Review of Gostilna Rakar

Gostilna Rakar
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Trebnje
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Reviewed 8 March 2021

The place is famous for its extensive wine list and the "slow-food" (which is a popular marketing term for those places in Slovenia that want to be fancy at any cost). It is also one of the most praised restaurants in the region. Well, our experience couldn't be more far away from a fancy gourmet lunch.
We booked a couple of weeks in advance yet they didn't have a table ready for us. They managed to drag one on the terrace, but were obviously preoccupied with a wedding lunch going on at simultaneously.
We got a "fried squid and schnitzel" menu. When we told the waiter that we would prefer a tasting menu, he replied that "well, we can make that as well". He was totally unfit for the job. His comments like "Oh, you did well with this one!", "You are fast eaters, aren't you?" and "Another one (plate) bites the dust." were out of place. His knowledge about wines was not in-line with Rakar's reputation. Perhaps the owner (and chef and sommelier) would have to take care about that but he was too busy chatting with a group of guests that he obviously knew well, and then with a couple that got married there a couple of weeks ago, then... He only briefly stopped at our table (mind you, besides the wedding party, there were only three tables occupied that day) to take the plates with asking if he "can take the plate from the young lady" (my wife was not happy about that; it sounded pretentious and a desperate try to be upscale, which they are not).
Rakar is supposed to represent the "nouvelle cuisine" of Dolenjska region. What we got in our tasting menu was far from that. My guess is that we were simply served some of the dishes that they had ready for the wedding; they certainly weren't creative, but more of something that an average Slovenian guest would want to have served at an "gourmet" wedding lunch. Angler fish with truffles, pineapple (as a pre-dessert!), "powdered truffle oil",...
The amuse bouche was there because they had to bring something. A potato slice, a slice of bacon and beetroot sauce. Not harmonious, not whimsical, nothing. The only representative of what we were expecting was a brioche topped with pork cracklings, filled with sauerkraut, a bit of horseradish and some pork neck. It was the first dish and the best one.Mushrooms were oversalted, especially when accompanied with a (nice) mousse made of aged cheese. Buckwheat popcorn seems to be popular everywhere, so Rakar added it as well. The plate was almost empty. The trio of desserts brought nothing new, nothing local, but passable. Creme brulee was literally plain vanilla (well executed), cheesecake was saved by a precise dose of rosemary in it, tarragon ice cream was good.
The grand finale came with the bill and pralines with it. When we asked the waiter about what is in there, he replied "three ones", referring to a bill of 111 EUR, not the praline fillings. He couldn't tell anything interesting anyway. The pralines, despite made by a nearby artisan, were all the same, without any specific taste; a 5-EUR set purchased in Hofer or Lidl would have tasted better.

Date of visit: September 2020
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1  Thank Dajzi13
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Reviewed 19 September 2020

We were here for lunch having visited some time ago and been impressed with the food.
My scampi soup was ok and my husbands mushrooms with balls of barley was very tasty though rather short on mushrooms. My fish was actually very nice with some accompaniments but could have done with some sort of starch to go with. My husband also had some fish which was good. Having finished two courses we were rather hungry so, on the waiters recommendation, we ordered pasta with mushroom sauce. This was poor with little flavour. A mix of deserts was good.
My main criticism is that not one of the friendly staff, inside or outside, was wearing a mask. Had this registered earlier I would have walked out. As it was I did feel rather uneasy.
Another, less important, criticism but also easily rectified is the baffling menu. Yes the waiter could have rattled off many dishes in many different languages but I am unable to remember everything and anyway like to take my time choosing what I am going to order. In addition there were different things on the menu in slovenian and other languages and even different prices between the languages. Not particularly important but a sign that the menus are not attended to. In this day and age it is really not difficult to have clear menus. Prices were otherwise very reasonable
Unless you are assured that the staff are masked I suggest you stay away.

Date of visit: September 2020
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1  Thank junkuz57
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Reviewed 6 November 2019

The food here is delicious, the choice of the fine vine is excellent, service is impeccable. I will go here soon.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Thank gregor g
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Reviewed 6 September 2019

We stopped here on an evening in July, it's not very far off the A2 motorway. We had great squid and unfortunately did not have time for anything else. We particularly liked the sense of humour of the owner.

Date of visit: August 2019
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1  Thank VillefrancheVLB
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Reviewed 7 June 2019

Tasty food, staff is nice. We had dinner with triple menu, they waited us with some champagne and local food.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Thank krist_v21
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