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L'avis de Gault&Millau
Josić Restaurant and Winery is located in Zmajevac, in the northern part of Baranja, an agritourism mecca of eastern Croatia. The place is known for its small wineries and wine roads, where the offer of restaurants and family farms is based on traditional dishes of river fish, meat and venison, as well as quality wines. Decorated with many indigenous details, the restaurant has 150 seats indoors, as well as a patio and large parking. It is an ideal place for all-day vacations, family celebrations, business lunches and is well attended at all times of the year. In addition to the specialties of river fish (fish stew, paprikash, carp, etc.), it also offers a variety of meat and venison dishes, meat stews and goulashes. In the wine cellar next to the restaurant, built in 1935, you can taste and buy eight kind of excellent wines from the winery. The staff is well organised and very friendly. For appetiser, we tried smoked duck breast carpaccio on a salad base with salted cheese. Somewhat unusual for this region, the portion was too small. But all the others that followed could be shared by two people. The first main course, goulash with homemade “Špecli” pasta was very tasty but the homemade “Špecli” were a little too soft. The second main course, duck drumstick and shank in a forest mushroom sauce and baked potatoes is the real specialty of the house, well worth trying. We sweetened our lunch with a cold hazelnut cream with forest fruit sauce, and with a traditional sweet soft pasta called “bags” (similar to dumplings), a simple but favourite dessert reminiscent of childhood. Every dish at Josić was paired with the appropriate wine from their winery, which completed the entire gastronomic experience. So, for a serious effort and perseverance in merging the gastronomic oenological story, we raise the score.