Great restaurants in Croatia
I am going to Croatia in August and would love some great recommendations. We will be in Dubrovnik (and islands nearby), maybe Split/Trojir, near Plitvice, near Krka and possibly Istria. We don't want anything too expensive and we will have a car so more remote ideas would be okay. Any suggestions would be great!
You can check my previous posts on Croatian restaurants. Went to Croatia again last month and was disappointed with Atlas Club Nautica in Dubrovnik and Zigante in Istria, both are overpriced and the food was average.
For consistent quality, Valsabbion in Pula and Le Mandrac in Volosko are my favourite restaurants in Croatia.
re: Euro Kevin
We had a different experience back in May when we had lunch at Nautika and loved it. The view was spectacular, the service was excellent, and the food was wonderful.
We had Croation sparkling wine, mussels, seafood risotto, and octopus salad. I normally won't eat the tentacles, I can't stand to see them, but they slice theirs in cross sections so it's much more appetizing and the salad was fantastic. The mussels and risotto were excellent too.
Here are some pics. :)
I hope it's not too late to post a reply to your query.
I don't have any restaurant recommendations, but I do have a couple of recommendations when it comes to dishes:
Skampi na buzaru -- skampi (pronounced shkampi) are large shrimp-like critters with little claws about as big but longer than those of a crawfish. Prepared na buzaru means cooked in a tomato and garlic sauce. Very messy but delicious.
Somoborski Kotlet -- pork cutlet cooked in a brown sauce (heavy on garlic) then topped with french fries. Hard to find very far away from Zagreb.
There's also a dish whose name I can't recall, consisting of tiny fishes, like small sardines, breaded and quick-fried, then served with bread and red wine and eaten with the fingers. Prstaci? Nah, that just means little fingers. I remember eating it in a little restaurant in Dubrovnik adjoining the open air plaza a short walk from the main drag, Stradun.
cheeses: Kajmak (pronounced kie-mack) a buttery cheese spread
Paski sir (pronounced pahsh-ski. "Sir" means cheese) comes from the island of Pag and is perhaps the most famous cheese in the country.
Slivovic -- the plum brandy that practically everyone in the Balkans drinks -- is an acquired taste. Different regions have their own variations, and in Dalmatia people often have travarica -- flavored with herbs. Montenegro, on the other hand, has loza, my favorite of all the types to be had.
If your taste in alcohol includes the sweeter liqueurs, try Maraskino, made from maraschino cherries and produced in Makarska, Dalmatia.
If you end up near Montenegro, you may find a red wine named Prokardia -- very pleasant.
Coastal towns to see and not miss: Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor, Hvar, Korcula and Trogir. Sarajevo, a day's drive inland, is one of my favorite cities in the world, notwithstanding the war.