Remember those old-school places with their almost characteristic smell which hits you right when you open the front doors? It is like a portal to almost forgotten times, barely kept alive by a few regulars and the owner behind the bar.
Stara Pumpa or in English “the old gas station”, is one of them. Built in an abandoned petrol station, it still captures the essence of the old, now ex-Yugoslavian cuisine. Fast food, Balkan style, of course, not even nearly resembling the fast food of the West.
The place is relatively hidden in the Ljubljana suburb called Šentvid. If you don’t have a car, take bus number 1; it will take you around half an hour from the city centre.
Back to the food. Smoky, bad for your cholesterol, but orgasmic for your taste buds. It’s a place hidden from the typical tourist world. Luckily, there is a Spotter to guide you to this gem of Ljubljana’s rich scene of Balkan diners. I recommend you go there at night, order a glass of merlot, Leskovački čevapčiči with kajmak (butter-like salty cheese) and šopska solata (Serbian salad). Nothing more, nothing less.
The whole package, together with the scenery, the laid-back staff, as well as the customers, will just open the rest of your night up unimaginably.
P.S. Sorry for the lousy timing of the photo, I was literally drooling with hunger.