In the settlement of Perivoj near Samobor you’ll find a restaurant that , when it comes to gastronomy, carefully merges different Croatian regions. Food enthusiasts responded to the pleasant atmosphere, seasonal menu and the restaurant’s classic elegance by including it into the list of Croatia’s top 100 restaurants. Zeleni papar doesn’t follow the well-trodden path of oferring grilled sausages and sauerkraut. They also have dishes from Istria and Dalmatia. Shellfish, prawns, truffles and top-notch fish requiring prior notice are just some of the examples.
The sophisticated classic design works great for formal occasions too. The terrace with a garden and gazebo is, in addition to superb cooking, probably the best asset this stand-out restaurant has. They are intent of honouring the tradition of family lunch. The festive weekend menu includes veal or duck roasted under peka(a large metal or ceramic lid like a shallow bell with which bread dough or meat to be baked are covered, and over which ashes and live coals are placed) , boiled or spit-roasted lamb, as well as pašticada (a stewed beef dish cooked in special sauce. It is often called Dalmatinska pašticada because it originates in Dalmatia). Even during the week the residents of Zagreb flock to this restaurant to relish juicy meat.
The beefsteak in green pepper is widely known. It’s perfectly marinated and served in tender mustard sauce, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar and aromatic herbs together with the indispensible green pepper grains having a special, mildly piquant flavour. As recommended by the house, it’s served with croquettes or pljukanci (traditional Istrian homemade pasta), but rustic bread also goes great with it. Depending on the season, hefty pieces of meat merge with wine and horn of plenty sauce, roasted vegetables and tartufata. Pork loin with foie gras in puffed pastry, lamb burger and medallions in cranberry sauce will also capture your attention.
The house wine – cabernet sauvignon, goes great with red meat. This wine is only the logical choice given that, when poured in a glass, it smells of cloves, tobacco, black currant and green pepper. The house white wine is best when laced with mineral water, but you can also choose another fantastic white wine label stemming from all around Croatia as recommended by the house.
Author of photography: Marko Prpić/Pixsell
Contact number: + 385 1 33 63 893
Working hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11.00 - 23.00 h
Region: Central Croatia
Address: Ante Starčevića 17, 10 430 Samobor
Price range: 100-200kn