During our day trip to Bled , from Ljubljana, we had a lovely time walking upto and around the Vintgar Gorge – Walking amidst rainbows at the Vintgar Gorge. But all this walking left us pretty famished and we started looking for a good place to eat some traditional Slovenian cuisine. But finding vegetarian food in these traditional meat eating countries, although not difficult, can be rightly described as being a bit tricky. But after numerous trips I have grown wiser and have devised my own mini questionnaire that helps me find restaurants where I can get some vegetarian food. And in Bled, while randomly walking around, we chanced upon a local traditional Slovenian restaurant called the Gostilna Murka.
Gostilna Murka was originally set up as an inn in 1909. But over time it changed hands many times before the current owners bought it and converted it to a traditional Slovenian restaurant. We reached this restaurant well past lunch time and hence were not surprised to have the whole place to ourselves. Also they were really kind to not throw us out; instead they happily agreed to serve us. They had a nice seating with an open centre (verandah style) and tables all around it in a circle. There was only one server around and he was friendly, extremely helpful and spoke very good english.
We had a look at the menu and realized that none of the mains were vegetarian. However there were many options in the sides that we could eat and we ordered the following – vegetable soup with bread croutons, grilled vegetables, buttered rice and a cheese curd pie or a Štruklji.
Štruklji is a traditional Slovene dish, made of dough and different types of fillings. It is actually a kind of a roll made with many thin layers of pastry dough, either steamed, fried or baked, with a wide variety of fillings. It’s filling can be either sweet or savoury and the most common fillings are apple, walnut, poppy seed, cottage cheese or tarragon.
The food was served in nice terra-cotta pots and we loved the soup and the grilled vegetables. It was well seasoned (not bland at all) and had a good mix of all kinds of local vegetables. The buttered rice was good too but we were disappointed with the Štruklji. It was just too bland for our taste and we thought it was quite doughy. We didnt try any deserts here as we wanted to try the traditional cream cake which they didn’t have. The portions were good-sized and the price very reasonable.
We liked the place and recommend it to everyone visiting Bled and looking to try some good Slovenian cuisine.