The Morgan restaurant gained a considerable reputation over a decade ago. This is the restaurant whose reputation is based on the game that is caught by the family members, and poultry which is raised within the Morgan property.
Morgan's most famous dish is the „Crestine“: pasta filled with rooster's cockscombs. Morgan offers a whole list of game dishes, of which special attention is given to the rabbit with black polenta and quails in bacon.
Being in Brtonigla, Istria at lunch (or dinner) will put you in a sweet torment. This is one of those places where high-quality exceeds your options for one day. This time we decided to visit the Morgan restaurant, which has been bothering us lately with the legend of captain Morgan and its quality, which as they say is the trademark of the Morgan's. We spent some time wondering around Brtonigla, but then our instinct has brought us to Bracanija following a non paved road up on a little hill where there are a few houses.
One of those modern yet rustical houses is the Morgan restaurant. When it gets warm a large terrace, a beautiful yard and a stunning view come to the fore, but for now it's too early. Nonetheless the interior is comfortable, and when all the tables all full (which is a regular occurrence, even on weekends, even now, in early spring, one must reserve) the atmosphere is cozy, noisy and lively, as in such a place should be.
The Morgan restaurant is listed in important national and international gourmet guides such as Gault Millau, Veronelli, Dobri Hrvatski restorani...
As the food supply is concerned, largely repeating the Istrian classic.
The Morgan's raise their own poultry (so on the menu there are specialties with rooster), part of the family like to go hunting, which provides a wide part of the meat supply.
There is of course the meat of the Istrian cattle, inevitable Istrian ham, homemade sausages and homemade cured pork loin. Pasta is also homemade, which is another big plus.
Seasonally (these days)to cheer you up there will be ricotta, asparagus, and what you have to try the pickled eggplants with a much better taste than they look.
And everything is fine in the Morgan restaurant, but it would be even better if they ventured on a larger step forward in the wake of the stunning hunting slightly sour soup, ham baked in bread, ravioli stuffed with rooster meat and similar. Then, except for the nice decoration of the Morgan restaurant, beside a standard offer, it would without questionable quality jump out a little more, daring to try out different dishes, which I believe that the permanent visitors (not to mention fans) would appreciate and loved to taste.
Konoba Morgan in Brtonigla, Istria
Restaurant Morgan in Brtonigla was today on my schedule. Another weekend, another restaurant. I’m fighting winter blues in my own way. Restaurant Morgan is set just few kilometers from Brtonigla on the road to Buje, with beautiful views over the Istrian vineyards. Restaurant Morgan itself looks more like a fine dining establishment with its artwork, decor, and table set up. Beautiful outside terrace was inviting even on this cold winter day. It just reminded me how awesome the summer in Croatia is.
My first experience at Restaurant Morgan There were nobody in the restaurant. Normal, considering the weather outside. Still, our group never felt uncomfortable, as you might feel when eating alone in the restaurant. Restaurant Morgan is a family run restaurant. Service is attentive and friendly but not intrusive. We started with some cold cuts (as often in Istrian restaurants). This kind of cold cuts you simply can’t buy.
So, when I have a chance to eat homemade cured pork delicacies, I don’t let it go. The plate consisted of cured ham (prosciutto), home-made sausages, pork shoulder blade meat in bread (my favorite!), cottage cheese (another delicacy!), cheese from the island of Pag ), marinated aubergines, olives and extra virgin olive oil Reale.
Excellent wine list of regional wines
Olive oil served was single-sort Istrian Bjelica of a very good quality, produced by Marino Kraljevic from Brtonigla, under the brand Reale. Just like Istrian Malvasia, it is really hard to find a bad Istrian olive oil these days. Next on the menu was a hunter-style soup. I was waiting for this, as one of my friends has been talking for days about that soup. And the soup lived up to my expectations. Real pottage with lots of vegetables – carrots, potatoes, red peppers, mushrooms, even olives – some meat, barley, and vinegar.
Spicy and sour. Probably there were more ingredients, but I couldn’t get them all. This soupo alone is worth stopping by Restaurant Morgan. Although Morgan is well known for its meat dishes, especially Istrian cattle Boskarin and game meat, I chose risotto for my main course. Some of my friends went for home-made pasta. Risotto with red radicchio and sausages was excellent choice and unique in its taste. Home-made pasta, called fuzi, with homegrown chicken (it really tastes so much better!) was also very good.
Morgan has excellent wine list of regional wines. FI don’t drink these days, and my friends order some table malvasia. It was very good. The price, 25 euros per person including tip. Very fair for the experience I had at restaurant Morgan.