Jadera is tucked away in an ordinary building in a residential part of Zagreb, far from the downtown hustle. Nobody comes here accidentally. Nevertheless, the setting is quite welcoming and comfy enough. It’s a small business, owned and managed by a Dalmatian family, so the cooking is simple, probably as they would have done it at home.
The concept of the menu never changes, but their loyal clientele obviously appreciates that. Depending on fresh ingredients available, you can enjoy homemade pasta and risottos with fish, cuttlefish, shrimps, grilled fish and calamari, octopus and similar Dalmatian classics, paired with some decent house wine. The food is not spectacular and technically perfect, but it’s honest, filling and mostly leaves you very satisfied. OK, the prices are too high for this kind of cuisine, but we’re obviously paying extra for the Dalmatian experience in the big city of Zagreb. Many people complain about the service, more precisely on the owner’s never smiling-face and cold attitude, but trust us, that’s only on the surface and it’s all part of Jadera’s charm.
This time we had a yummy cuttlefish goulash with polenta, rocket salad, red wine, and some fritters and dried figs on the house.