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L'avis de Gault&Millau
The only sea-related thing that Žeja doesn’t have is the actual sea. Everything else comes on a variety of plates that Igor Loverčič, who is the owner, maître, and waiter all in one person, places before you. On warm days, you can sit on their nice terrace, shaded with grapevine, forget about the world around you and simply enjoy. You can forget about the menu as well. It does exist in Žeja, and you can order a dish or two from it, but it is better to do what most regulars do: order the tasting menu that holds a little bit of everything, or »asadžin«, as Igor likes to call it. However, tasting menus are not a selection of their best dishes, they are a collection of everything they have. What you get will be determined by the catch of that day, but be prepared to eat a lot, and to eat well. When we visited, we got to taste 16 dishes – from a small bite of Adriatic prawn on arugula, to mixed shellfish in white buzara sauce. The raw shrimp were so tender, delicious and sweet, that the guest at the next table wished for them one more time before she got her dessert. And she got them. Igor is a natural born host who wants to make his guests happy and knows exactly how to do it. The highlight of the day was the thick conger chowder, also known as brodet, served with roasted polenta. The addition of freshly ground peperoncini peppers lifted the dish and turned it into a wonderful and fresh harmony of tastes. There was also a nice risotto with young cuttlefish and amberjack fillet, baked in a pocket of crispy potato slices. All we could manage after that was a crostata with grapes, picked from the vine we were sitting under. We planned on having another helping of the shrimp, just like the before mentioned guest, but it will have to wait until our next visit, which will definitely come soon.