Vela vrata Tavern, Beram
The small town of Beram is located in the very heart of Istria. It is town you can easily overlook on your way to the seaside, but a recommendation, combined with an empty stomach, made us exit the road connecting Pazin and Porec, and visit the Medieval remains of the town of Beram, but our main goal was the Vela vrata tavern. Located at 45°15'143''N and 13°54'040''E we encountered a pleasant Istrian décor in beige tones, and a roofed over terrace overlooking the thick greenery of the Istrian hinterland.
The first impression that the dishes served here leave is the clarity of vision, so the minimalist menu includes home-made pasta (fuzi, gnocchi, pljukanci and ravioli) in just a several combinations: with truffles, game, prosciutto and mushrooms. Apart from the pasta, the menu also includes beefsteaks and rump steaks (check out Vela vrata beefsteak in truffle sauce and a side dish of fuzi), followed by cabbage with home-made sausages, and just two desserts, including the fantastic caramelized apples that are not so common in restaurants. It is good that the situation is like it is, because as the owner Sandro Jurcic says: “do a little, but do it right“. A proof that they are doing it right is the home-made fuzi with game meat or truffles. You really need to try this. Another advantage of this tavern is the seasonal salad with the vegetables from their garden. Still, the authenticity of this entire story is severly disrupted by store bought bread. If it was home-made, it would surely raise everything to a higher level.
Minimalism can also be seen in the wine list. It is sparse, to say the least. If we were mean, we would say that it is non-existent. Wine poured by the glass is a little bit below average in terms of quality, so it is a better choice to take a bottle of a good quality wine from the vineyard of western Istria that is available at a moderate price. Still, you will not find a great selection here, but just a few specimens of good Rossi or Veralda wines. And if they hide a greater selection of bottles somewhere in the cellar, the guests have no idea about it.
Vela vrata tavern is not open for huge groups, like for example buses full of tourists. The kitchen has a small capacity, so the quality of the food will be lost in large groups. The good quality food, prepared in a somewhat archaic way is certainly one of the greatest advantages of this tavern, so we were not surprised by the numerous cars that we pulling up to the restaurant just when we were leaving.
simple and discreet
20 outside, 40 inside
Beram 41, 52000 Pazin
091 781 4995
11 am to 11 pm