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Burek: A TASTY SNACK
Zdenka took me for lunch to a Burek shop, she claims that it was one of the best ones around. Apparently she was right as this place was really busy. There's no seating here but you can have your Burek standing up, you can also have it as take away.
Favorite Dish: "Burek" is a local snack. In Germany we eat the Turkish version "Börek". It's pastry filled with either minced meat or cheese and it's cheap, rather tasty and filling.
Rubelj Grill: LIVING UP STEREOTYPES
When we were small my school friends who had been to Yugoslavia on summer holidays wanted to eat nothing but Cevapcici all the time. We even made them ourselves back then (this was when you couldn't buy that frozen stuff in the supermarkets here).
So before I touched ex-Yugoslavian ground for the first time I decided I had to have Cevapcici before leaving the country. So some day at lunchtime I forced Nikša to have Cevapcici for lunch. We went to a grill fast food chain called Rubelj under Dolac Market.
It was very nice to live up the stereotype, I had tastier stuff before though. Oh well, Cevapcici are Bosnian, anyway ;)
Favorite Dish: Bosnian Cevapcici with Serbian Ajvar in Croatia ;)
Chez Nikša: THE BEST!
I'm afraid this is not a restaurant but Nikša's kitchen I am talking about here. It doesn't only serve forced breakfasts and evening tea - it also prepares wonderful dinners and desserts.
Favorite Dish: I had my first "Blitva" (Swiss Chard) here - and probably my last, too ;-)
My favourites here were definitely the company and the garlic potatoes as well as the local cottage cheese/sour cream combination for breakfast.
Kaptolska Klet: Finally, some strukli!
On my very last night in Zagreb, I finally tried some strukli at this place on Kaptol just across from the Cathedral. Boris met Niksa and I there and basically they watched me eat since they had already eaten. Fortunately, I'm not shy, and I had no problem downing some local specialties in this charming, place complete with threadbare furnishings and wood panelling throughout.
Favorite Dish: I had a local dish of sausages accompanied by cabbage and then I finally had my strukli. Both were good, if a little filling. Bring your appetite!
Restaurant Nova Ves Tinca: Hidden in Nova Ves
This place has a very old kind of Zagreb feel to it... it consists of two large rooms and a terrace in the summer.... I had calamari with fries and some "gemist".... If you still want to have a look at Zagreb as it used to be with a mix of Austro Hungarian "stich" and a bit of socialistic behavior by the waiters - go for it! the food is ok, price ok and the crowd is old Zagreb locals!
Favorite Dish: Calamari
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Masklin i Lata: Konoba is other name for good food
The restaurant was founded in 1999 and is situated right in the heart of the city, sharing the same entrance with the "Old Pharmacy Pub" in A. Hebrang street. It offers charming ambient, combination of continental underground basement and Mediterranean tavern.
Favorite Dish: The konoba-restaurant "Masklin i lata" is well known for its fine traditional food, a mix of Dalmatian - Istrian and Italian cuisine. If you order fresh grilled fish, of any kind, it will be a passport to revisit this restaurant more then once. Try also "pasticada" in Dalmatian way, its really delicious.
"Zagorcu": Traditional in Zagreb
Restaurant-gostionica Zagorcu is what might be termed typical for this region of Croatia. Expect simple and often quaint interiors, friendly service, a smaller price tag and a very hearty meal.
Favorite Dish: I suggest you to order some local dishes from Zagreb's region.
Open 08:00 - 24:00. Closed Sunday.
The price rates from 45-95kn.
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"Katedralis": Enjoy internationaloatian cuisine
This new reopened restaurant is situated right in the heart of the city, in between the Cathedral and Trg bana J. Jelacica.
Favorite Dish: The whole interior of the restaurant was newly renoved and it offers great ambient. In the hot Summer days or nights you can enjoy eating in the fresh ambient of the restaurant's terrace.
The restaurant offers international, mostly Italian, and Croatian dishes of moderate price.
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"Kaptolska klet": Traditional croatian restaurant
The restaurant is situated in the very heart of the town, right opposite to the Cathedral and a foot form the main square.
Favorite Dish: - domace kobasice s zeljem i restanim krumpirom
- zagrebacki odrezak
- mjesano meso na zaru
- grah sa suhim rebarcima
- kuhano domace vino
- "karlovacko" or "ozujsko" pivo (beer)
Konoba "Didov san": Dalmatian cuisine from Imotski
Konoba Didov san (Grandsfather's dream) is special for its traditional cuisine from Dalmatian Zagora, hinterland of Dalmatia situated behind the Biokovo Mountain. It has cosy homely ambiance so characteristic in the hinterland, looking simple and almost poorly and yet so warm and friendly. Didiv san is offering friendly service and pleasant atmosphere that will makes you to draw back.
Favorite Dish: Konoba Didov san is known, in a first place, for traditionally home-made food. Here you can enjoy in Dalmatian prosciutto and cheese, baking sausages, cheese from tub, black risotto from cuttlefish, grilled frogs with prosciutto, snails, mushrooms....., things which you can't have in many other places.
My favourite dish, which I strongly recommend is called SACH (saè in Croatian), it is veal or lamb with potatoes baked under iron lid. Believe me, it's delicious food and you can't have it at your home country. Sach cost 170 kn, which is around 23 euros.
Traditional: K Pivovari
K Pivovari is one of the oldest restaurants in Zagreb, located on Zagreb's longest street Ilica, towards the west. As a part of Zagreb brewery, it has existed for more than a century. Offering traditional Zagreb food and great atmosphere, it's a pretty special place if you want to try some of Zagreb's traditions. Not traditionally decorated though, it looks pretty modern and a bit plain, but the terrace is great on a sunny day! And it's own parking lot is there, too (something that's hard to find with restaurants in the city centre).
Favorite Dish: Try soup in bread, that's something they pretty rarely have, but you don't get any more traditional than that.
Try Tkalciceva: Not sure where to eat?
If you're not sure where to eat and you're too shy to ask a local, head to Tkalciceva Street and, if nothing else, you'll find a great atmosphere. There are a bunch of great cafes and I can only imagine what the atmosphere would be like in warmer weather.
Chez Niksa: Friendly staff
Ha, ha! Niksa lives about 300 meters from the hostel that I was staying in, so I went over in the morning in order to get an early start on the sightseeing tour and he made me a good breakfast which was highlighted by some great bread and a fig jam from Croatia. Yum.
Lugarova kuca: The real Croatian
And now sometihing completely different....when hiking to mountain Medvednica, only 5 min walk from the Kraljicin Zdenac, there's one of my favourite places...little cottage just like one from the old times with home-food. Food is delitious and cheap and people are very, very friendly. So, don't hesitate to come and...like it writes on their wall...'' Don't bring your food from home...here is cheaper and better'' . And it's true!
Favorite Dish: All is original cousine from this part of Croatia...grilled meat, cheese and cream, blood-sausages, beans with sausages and for dessert- '' bucnica''.
Dolac market: Breakfast a la ...
Great breakfast: slice of freshly baked homemade corn bread plus some cottage cheese or dried & smoked cheese. One slice of that bread can feed two hungry people. And if you can?t finish it, pigeons on Jelacic square will be delighted to help you.
Location: Dolac market lower level, right side (Mlijeko i mlijecni proizvodi = Milk and dairy products).
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