Bistro Kastel

Zoran Gajić
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Not a lot of Croatian or world restaurants can offer the medieval feel of a 13th-century castle and modern cuisine with a sharp eye for details. But that’s exactly what Kastel, a foodies’ sanctuary located in Old City Dubovac in Karlovac, managed to pull off. Stone walls are surrounded by a forest that this area was named after. Aside from lush green vegetation, it also offers a magnificent view of the city on four rivers and a short walking trail.

Having climbed up the stone stairs to a spacious terrace and walked in the warm interior with wooden benches and furniture, residents of Karlovac, locals or visitors traveling from continental Croatia to the coast will definitely make a stop to enjoy the menu. The menu includes both Mediterranean and continental cuisine, while the dishes are modified according to the season. Pljukanci with prawns and asparagus are a representative of Mediterranean cuisine. This curiously shaped pasta is made exactly as it has been made for generations by our grandmothers in Istria and Kvarner. Today this staple food of the poor is a common sight on plates during celebrations and festivities. It’s shaped by rubbing dough in the palms of your hands and boiled for a short while so that it’s hard enough to feel it under your teeth yet soft enough to be combined with all sorts of sauces. According to house recommendation, it’s served with Cabernet Sauvignon produced by winery Iuris, which is located in the Erdut wine growing region in eastern Croatia. Seductive elderberry dances on your taste buds and playfully merges with light summer dishes.

Full-bodied wines go great with the house specialty, pork ribs baked for eight hours and served with potatoes, salad and tender sauce. You just have to touch the meat with a fork for it to fall off the bone. It melts in the mouth and every bite is a testimony to the chef’s skills. We shouldn’t forget about desserts. A nice chocolate cake with wild berry topping, cheesecake or refreshing panna cotta with fresh strawberries and aromatic mint make a fantastic choice for all those with a penchant for sweet. They are so tasty that coming to Kastel just for dessert and a cup of coffee is worth the effort.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 047/658-922



Working hours: Monday - Thursday 09: 30h - 23: 00h
Friday and Saturday 09: 30h - 24: 00h
Sunday and holidays 09: 30h - 23: 00h

Region: Lika-Karlovac

Address: Zagrad-Gaj ul. 3; 47000 Karlovac

Capacity: 90

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

The bistro opened its doors on 22 April 2017. It’s located in the medieval castle of Dubovac, which is one of the best preserved feudal edifices in Croatia. It rises high above Karlovac and boasts a grandiose view of the breath-taking landscape and this historic area’s past. Its menu draws inspiration from this surrounding and is based on a rich culinary heritage. The menu makes use of fresh ingredients originating from Karlovac area and includes modern cooking techniques implemented by our renowned chef.
Seasonal menu