This traditional style restaurant in Lesce, a town near Bled, has a wide range of choices on its menu.
You can choose from meat specialities, various dishes of Gorenjska origin, fish, pasta and risottos, as well as vegetarian and vegan meals.
Tulipan Restaurant also offers a good selection of desserts, including chocolate souffle with strawberry ice-cream.
OUR ORDER: I remember dining at this restaurant when I was a child. Each time we were there we ordered a so-called ‘Tulipan platter’ that included everything: different kinds of steaks, vegetables and several side dishes.
This time we decided to start our eating experience at Tulipan Restaurant with a soup. I chose a vegan soup (miso soup) while my dining companion ordered a bit more complex soup including garlic, salmon and toasted bread.
If you feel like eating a cold starter instead of a soup, you can have for example prosciutto from Karst Region (a kind of a ham) served together with melon and olives or classic steak tartare.
Soon our waiter – who was very friendly and attentive – brought us the mains that were very well presented. On the plate of my dining companion was a jar filled with polenta and wild game goulash, decorated with homemade marmalade.
My main course consisted of turkey steak that was served together with mushroom sauce and fried potatoes with onion as a side dish.
The only dish that was still missing was the salad that we got from the restaurant’s salad bar.
The food on our plates was not only presented in a visually pleasing way, but it was also delicious, and we enjoyed the variety of tastes. The portions were good sized too.
The only thing that bothered me was that there were pork rinds in the potatoes because I do not like them. It is common to use pork rinds when preparing potatoes in a traditional way in Slovenia, so for some that would be a tasty addition. If you do not like them either, tell that to the waiter when ordering potatoes.
After finishing the main course, we felt that there was still some room left for a dessert. As we were being a bit nostalgic, we went for walnut pancakes (our grandmothers would often make us pancakes).
There are several desserts you can choose from – apple strudel with vanilla or passion fruit ice-cream.
CONCLUSION: The food and the service at Tulipan Restaurant were excellent. The atmosphere was homely and we felt welcome. We learnt that some dishes are still being prepared according to the recipes of grandmother Mici who had opened the restaurant together with her husband 50 years ago.
If you are to dine at this restaurant on Sunday, make a reservation beforehand, especially if you are a bigger group.
NOTE: We visited this restaurant on the 11th of March 2018. If you have noticed any change during your visit, please let me know in the comments below. Many thanks!