On a hill above Brtonigla, a macadam road leads through the vineyards and fields to a modern konoba (tavern) called Morgan. The tavern is proud of its traditional cuisine and of living the Istrian dream. A modern interior design and intimate atmosphere are in contrast with a colourful and picturesque terrace offering a spectacular view of the greenery of our largest peninsula.
The menu contains only several items, which is the leitmotif of the family team who has run Morgan from the beginning – they only cook what and how our ancestors cooked. There are no lavish dishes provided by “express” restaurants: seasonal soup (asparagus), beef and hunter’s wild game soups, followed by ravioli, risotto, fuži pasta with chicken, gnocchi with venison meat, and all other types of pasta they are proud of – because they are homemade.
Great attention is paid to food coming from the surrounding area and they strive to keep the natural pace of seasons, of woods and nature.
Morgan is first and foremost a meat restaurant and is proud of its fiorentina steak, veal, roosters, various dishes made under peka (iron lid). The hunter’s soup, which is as full and rich as Sport Billy’s bag, is one you should definitely try. It has literally – everything. Except for, maybe, cream…Boar, sausages, mushrooms, several types of vegetables adding that perfect touch of acidity, a perfect cure for hangover. Just when you think you have listed all the vegetables, add some olives and capers! A complete meal.
Somewhere between the boar and the fuži pasta with truffles, the voice of reason speaks: a waiter discreetly recommends just-out-of-the-kitchen veal cheeks in a sauce with homemade bigoli pasta. Thick spaghetti of a rarely seen quality and exquisitely tender meat in a strong sauce. A delight for the taste buds of a tired hunter, just as is the dessert – a cherry crostata, a chocolate cake, strawberries made in several different ways, and gibanica (traditional pastry). And the latter comes - without poppy seeds.
Morgan is an idyllic place with a perfect view. It is not overly expensive but is definitely an interesting restaurant. Their Merlot, which comes straight from the vineyard whose view you can enjoy, matched with wild game is something not to miss. Leave your worries aside and live – a true Istrian dream. You will surely return to this place!