A quiet family restaurant in the very center of the town of Sisak are the words that best describe Barun. A garden full of shrubs and greenery add to the pleasant atmosphere, while the glass walls open the space into an even more relaxing dimension. The restaurant opened in 2003 and is a joint culinary project of the Topalović family. After working for several years in restaurants on the Adriatic, the couple decided undertake their own independent business venture. They transferred their knowledge and experience of working in a kitchen into their own restaurant, wanting to create a small urban oasis with simple a domestic cuisine.
In addition to local dishes, like pike and trout, the influence of Dalmatian and Istrian cuisine on the menu is readily apparent.
Immediately upon entering the restaurant, the waiter will, without asking, refer you to the menu and recommend the specialties of the day. Although the wine list is modest, it is appropriate to the dishes on the menu. It offers the usual labels of continental wines, with an emphasis on the local Moslavina wineries that produce authentic varieties like škrlet and frankovka.
The classic menu offers a selection of Posavina and Moslavina dishes, such as forest soup, a thick soup with parsley, vegetables, pancetta and mushrooms, which is an excellent way to warm yourself on a cold day, and for those who are not too hungry might be an entire meal. The main courses are primarily made up of meat specialties. In addition to dishes from the grill, you can try some of the interesting creations of head chef Dejan Topalović, who tries to present standard meat dishes with new seasonings and combinations of tastes. For example, you can try pork neck with cayenne pepper, and then carsko meso (pork belly) with chili, honey and wild rice.
We left the selection of the main course to the waiter, who recommended sea bass with blitva and potatoes. Although the thought of eating sea bass in Sisak is not exactly appealing, the waiter insisted. The restaurant has good cooperation with the Sisak fish market, and that day the sea bass was more than fresh, and we discovered that even in Sisak you can get good fish. For the second dish we decided on rump steak, whose preparation was a perfect '10'. The meat was not even a little tough, perfectly grilled on the outside and very tender and tasty.
The unpretentious restaurant Barun offers simple, finely prepared dishes with well-selected ingredients and very satisfactory prices and quality preparation. We recommend Barun for family gatherings and business meetings.
Author of photography: Edina Zuko/PIXSELL
Contact number: 044/544-641
Working hours: Monday-Saturday: 7.00 - 00.00h
Sunday/holidays: 12.00 - 00.00h
Region: Central Croatia
Address: Dr. Ante Starčevića 29; 44 000 Sisak
Price range: less than 100 kn