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Reviewed 12 November 2020

From the field to the table. Such is the production sequence in the tavern Doma (At Home), which opened in 2019 on the property of the Budak family in Sveti Petar u Šumi. We soon become convinced that this is indeed the case because Antonia...and Mihael Budak live right here, the whole agricultural production is right next to the house, and every guest comes to their home, so the name of this tavern was so easily imposed. We visited the tavern Doma at a time when some taverns responded to the initiative of the Tourist Board of Central Istria called "Autumn on the plate". A beautiful autumn day is thus spiced with great Istrian autumn food. We are greeted by Antonia Budak, whose husband was in agricultural work at the time of our visit. A pleasant welcome with an old-fashioned, typically Istrian fireplace is enhanced by quince brandy. But this is not any quince, with a taste that we are used to from typically Slavonian or Vojvodina regions. Made by Antonija's mother-in-law, it is unusually mild, velvety and sweet in taste, with beautiful yellow colour and fruity scent. This first impression already says that this is not a tavern like any other, but a family project that could, but did not have to be realized. Not only an agricultural family but also a catering family lives in the hundred-year-old house. Antonia perfected her catering business on Caribbean cruisers and in her native Labin region, and when she replaced the sea views with the gentle landscape of Central Istria, she could not give up the catering business. The combination of two loves, for the land and for catering, has created a third: a tavern that is, quite literally, located at home. As we hear about the creation of the Doma tavern, we enjoy a beautifully arranged appetizer: pumpkin carpaccio with homemade pork liver pate. Behind the simple concept lies a multitude of flavours. Salty and sour pumpkin goes well with sweet red onions, and the "accompaniment" is pumpkin oil, a very unusual addition to the Istrian table. Pork liver pate is a great and rich appetizer that melts in your mouth along with homemade bread. It is a complete success to enjoy this starter with Malvasia In Sylvis 2019, a mineral and fresh Malvasia that is a bit robust, and so in our minds associated with this terroir full of forests. In the Istrian village, pumpkin has always been the subject of debate - whether to work around it for a table or simply feed it to animals. Our answer is both, but by no means abandon the culinary ideas that make pumpkin an interesting basis for autumn menus. Soon, the old soup of pumpkin, bacon, potatoes and leeks arrives, again ingredients that reflect this almost continental ambience of the heart of the Istrian peninsula. The pancetta is, of course, made from domestic pigs on the Budak estate, of which there are currently about two hundred, and gives a special taste to this old-fashioned soup that invigorates and warms, but also says that simple home-made dishes are eaten in the Doma tavern. Fortunately, Budaks don't even think of turning this advantage into a concept of brunches, with ready meals, but they faithfully keep to tried flavours such as prosciutto, ravioli with sausage, ribs in honey, knuckles, meals under the baking lid which one has to order. All this is further enriched by chef Pino Janjić, who also comes from Plomin, but goes there every day: namely, 30 kilometres of driving is part of his daily work. It is he who lights the fire in the fireplace, not because we are cold, but because of the special experience of preparing homemade Istrian grilled sausages, which will soon be on our table with sauerkraut and corn cream with prosecco. It would be a bit strange if the sausages were not on the menu because Sveti Petar u Šumi is, after all, a sausage municipality! Every year, a fair of sausages and cured meat products is organized here, to which this microclimate suits well. The sausages are sizzling on the grill, and the slices arrive in front of us with sweet and sour cabbage with shiny corn cream. We will often make this dish at home during the long winter evenings, but the question is whether we will get sausages with such pure flavours of homemade meat. This dish cannot be accompanied by other wine than Teran, and the house wine is from Franc Arman. It goes great with sausages, with its astringency only contributing to the autumn party on the palate. On 25 hectares of land, the Budaks take care of most of the food prepared for the guests. Unlike many other taverns, Doma also has its own slaughterhouse, so the meat is certainly fresh. The products can also be bought on the spot, from cured meat delicacies to homemade cakes. The tavern Doma prepares its own bread and pasta. This is a truly successful family story! Such a story always ends sweetly, and for us, the end of gastronomic enjoyment was a polenta dessert with a topping of chokeberry and plum, although there are a lot of citrus fruits and berries, as well as nuts, inside. All this is easily and successfully combined with polenta, and even more with cherry brandy and teranino.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 7 November 2020

Very frendly stuff! Great food! We really enjoy it! And will come back! Prices were very resonamble!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 29 October 2020

Very pleasant staff and nice atmosphere. Tasty food, very creative meals and all in all, a great experience. Visiting again definitely!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 October 2020 via mobile

If you love pork then you have to visit this place. They cook their own pork and chicken that they rear on their own farm nearby. The food is exquisite in taste! We had a starter of sausage, garlic cream sauce with bread, a meat...platter & then a cooked sausage and pasta in red wine reduction as a starter. To be honest the servings were generous that these could of been sufficient as mains. These were followed by pork steak with polenta & pork neck with vegetables. Both were tasty and again the portions were generous. We would of liked to try dessert but had no room left in our stomachs. Great staff and a wonderful place. Will come again. When we are very hungry! 😆More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 29 September 2020 via mobile

Excellent food and service, very nice place and good atmosphere. Everything was so delicious. For every recomendation.😘 😋 🥰 🤗

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 14 September 2020 via mobile

This was fantastic ... The only farmer with pig production in Istria. And the result on the plate is just ... amazing! Very rich portions for a very, very good price!! But don’t think big portions means less quality- the contrary! The chef is very...good ... and friendly like the rest of the staff!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

À verry nice, clean restaurant, people verry friendly, food delicious. Beautifully neighborhood, they use local products and meat from there own farm!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 4 July 2020 via mobile

Would give 10 stars if I could! Farm to table, family business. Amazing food; spectacular, personal service from the owner, Antonia. We’ve been traveling Europe extensively over the last year, and as we were leaving, both of my teenage boys said it was the best...dinner experience we’ve had in all of Europe. A truly lovely and memorable evening in every way. (We even bought fresh bacon, eggs and homemade bread to take home for breakfast😋)More

Date of visit: July 2020
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