You try the firm homemade rezanci pasta with cheese and crispy bacon and it’s good. Try the catfish perkelt (stew) with a “hidden” chilli pepper that swims in the thick sauce under the fish and it’s very good, and it is excellent when you try it all together, and even more so with homemade bread. This bread is very important in the Baranjska Kuća in Karanac.
“We bake as much bread as the number of guests we have” – is the principle of owner Vladimir Škrobo Bajo. The bread is baked in the ‘Street of Forgotten Time’, a kind of ethno-museum in the courtyard behind the restaurant where old barns are placed, which in Baranja they call štagalj. Each one is dedicated to a traditional craft, so there are pottery, coopery, carpentry and weaving workshops, a barber’s and tavern. In this street the flour is also milled from which the bread is baked that everyone who comes to Baranjska Kuća enjoys.
The selection is excellent, as expected for Baranja, with the occasional surprise. The famous local cured meat specialities, fine river fish fried, baked, breaded, on sticks and prepared in a spicy stew or perkelt, dishes from the cauldron, clay pot and bread oven, snails, grilled food... Some dishes should be ordered in advance, which in Baranja is customary, because the preparation can take up to two hours.
There are surprises, for example “drunken pig”, which is stuffed pork tenderloin in a plum brandy sauce, “gypsy roast” (cutlets with bacon and garlic) and “lazy woman” cake. There is an explanation for the latter in the menu: the preparation time depends on the mood of the woman, at least half an hour, sometimes more. It also says that the cake is only on offer when the woman isn't lazy. When she is lazy, one can enjoy pancakes, plum dumplings, pie made with cheese, apples or cherries, rezanci pasta with walnuts or poppy seeds and purses, or fine stuffed pastry pillows.
The prices are reasonable, and the portions ample, whoever wants three courses, will also have to eat for three and there really is no reason to complain about the bill. The wines are all from Baranja, from four producers, and it is shame that they haven’t set up an old-fashioned brewery in one of the barns in the ‘Street of Forgotten Time’. They should improve the choice of beer a little, which at the moment includes bottled beers, non-alcoholic and small foreign beers. But one doesn’t come to Baranjska Kuća for the beer.
Author of photography: Davor Javorović/Pixsell
Contact number: 031/720 180
Working hours: Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 AM - 01:00 AM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Address: Kolodvorska 99; 31315 Karanac
Price range: 100-200kn