Ristorante ScabarTrieste | Italy

  • added: Aug 03 2010
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Scabar is a unique restaurant in the coastal city of Trieste, Italy. Some gourmet jewels are well-hidden and it takes a bit of effort to discover those. Scabar is no exception to this rule: it is located on a hill’s top, far from the city center. If you do not have a car or not willing to order a taxi, most likely you would not be able to get there... Once you do, trust us, it is worth every effort of yours!

Scabar is a unique restaurant in the coastal city of Trieste, Italy. Some gourmet jewels are well-hidden and it takes a bit of effort to discover those. Scabar is no exception to this rule: it is located on a hill’s top, far from the city center. If you do not have a car or not willing to order a taxi, most likely you would not be able to get there... Once you do, trust us, it is worth every effort of yours!

The restaurant is run by an Italian female chef called Ami Scabar. Ami has over 40 years of experience in the gastro industry and she is a passionate cook, adamant food lover and world traveller. She is in a constant search for new flavours, textures and food combinations. Her hunger for gastro novelties took her to Asia a few years ago and since then she has been creating some impeccable fusion dishes: for example branzino sashimi in honey and ginger dressing or seared tuna with wasabi mousse or fresh fruit sorbet with Asian spice crumbles. She runs the restaurant together with her brother, Giorgio Scabar. Giorgio is in charge of resourcing all fresh seafood ingredients as well as for the wine selection. His knowledge of local wines is impressive as he knows a lot of producers himself; and every year he goes through various tasting events to pick new wines and producers for the Scabar wine cart. Giorgio has impeccable taste in pairing wine with food; so we suggest you ask for his recommendation for the meal. One of our recent discoveries was organically produced prosecco as per the champagne methods. Such combination is rare and the outcome was spectacular!

Ami Scabar is primarily focused on seasonal cooking and preserving the natural flavour of ingredients. Her dishes are always with an unexpected twist which makes it always interesting to discover! If you like gourmet discoveries, then we recommend to go for the degustation menu. It changes regularly depending on the season and can be paired with wines on request. You also have some irresistible choices in the a la carte menu. For example a selection of seasonal sashimi with exotic sauces or fresh local scampi served raw with a chef sauce or a fish stew and many more.

On our recent trip to Scabar we tried a sashimi trio of branzino with honey and ginger sauce; slightly seared salmon with horseradish cream and raw shrimps with a honey drizzle. The flavours were absolutely magical and freshness of the seafood was heavenly. Then we followed with a selection of marinated fish: local orata served on pesto genovese panzanella (Italian traditional dish made of bread mixed with various ingredients); marinated scampi over exotic fruit salad and marinated anchovies over tomato and basil panzanella. Textures were melting in your mouth and each combination was a pleasing discovery for the taste buds.

For the main course we chose variations of grilled catch of the day: we were served two different kinds of fish and steamed scampi. Fish meat was grilled to perfection: it was juicy and yet quite meaty, sprinkles of olive oil added an additional smoothness to the texture of the dish. We could not stop and asked for a chefs’ recommendation.  20 minutes later a steaming plate was served to our table: it was full of scampi alla buzara. We were told that preparing dishes the “buzara” way is typical for the region around Trieste: it is a white wine sauce with herbs, finely chopped garlic and sometimes tomatos. This was a true delicacy and we savoured every moment of it! Now we had to pause as we had to have some deserts too. The time was passing by quickly as we were seated on the open air terrace, it was a lovely summer night and the restaurant was full of vibrant buzz. Our neighbours were onto their second bottle of wine and the other table spotted our scampi buzara and ordered the same thing. Atmosphere was delightful; Ami and Giorgio always find time to talk to their guests. They exude hospitality and their passion for good food is infectious.

All of a sudden Ami approached our tale with two dessert plates. We looked at each other as we have not ordered anything yet. It was a surprise! She remembered that we liked one particular dessert some time ago and she prepared an interpretation of it: passion fruit sorbet served on Asian spice crumbles topped with crème chantilly. This was a magical combination of flavours; not to mention a very special ending to our enjoyable evening. We were very touched by such a personal and warm approach. Our gourmet experience was more than pure gastronomical pleasure; it was somehow a pleasant trip down the memory lane.

Places that offer you such a comprehensive experience are rare. Once you find those, hold on to your discoveries and do not forget to share them with other food lovers!


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  • Gerhard : Dec 11 2011 22:53

    Thank you once again for an amazing evening! The whole crew enjoyed it thoroughly ...

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  • Ami Scabar
    Erta di Sant'Anna 63
    34149 Trieste, Italy

    Please mind that reservations will only be accepted by phone!
  • +39 040 810368
  • http://www.scabar.it
  • Restaurant
  • Italian
  • Fusion
    Seafood
    Mediterranean