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When you think of street food, you probably imagine an awesome (level Asian) street vendor in a remote village who has Mortal Combat cooking skills and Anthony Bourdain sitting in front of him. And your presumption is (mostly) correct.

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Food & Wine Venues


Konoba Vinko

Dalmatia Šibenik
Last impressions As good as it gets
Konoba Vinko is as unexpected as it gets. If you're roaming around the area of Knin-Šibenik-Skradin this is the safest bet you'll get around, even if you have to take off of the highway. It's charming, offers great food and service for a very fair price. Located on the road taking you to inland Dalmatinska Zagora where you expect nothing but a classical lamb on a spit or some ancient version of a restaurant. BUT, Vinko offers more. Yes, their specialty are suckling pig on a spit, but it's not just a pile of meat on a plate. Carefully served with the best homemade salad - it's a comfort food you crave. Lamb livers or tripes, various meats under the lid, skradin risotto. Small, but mouth watering and carefully prepared menu. Even the desserts were a surprise, even though they are not really "traditional". Another plus is they offer local (high quality) wines by the glass which is something we especially appreciate. Our sincere recommendations go to Vinko crew.


Last impressions Plešivica's Gourmet Display Window
The area around Jastrebarsko and Plešivica is known for great winemakers, but not so good restaurants. They are scarce, boring and mostly very traditional. Karlo stands out. It's run by a local couple with international experience in restaurant business, who immediately set high standards. The setting is amazing - a lovely traditional wooden house in the middle of Plešivica hills, surrounded with vineyards and sleepy villages. The view from the terrace is amazing, refills your batteries immediately. The hosts are not only knowledgeable and professional, but also friendly and relaxed at the same time. It was hot and we walked to the restaurant from the nearby winery, so the only starter we ordered was local sparkling wine. Our hostess Marijana also brought their own cherry tomatoes with garlic to cool us down. For the main and only dish we chose veal liver with homemade pasta and duck breast with miniature štrukli, with mixed vegetable salads on the side. Both was skillfully paired with local wines. The food was really tasty and well prepared. Little details like presentation and creativity reveal that Navoj family knows what they are doing and they follow culinary trends. Even though the ingredients are local and seasonal, and most of the basic recipes simple and traditional, some international flair is present. Food is full of taste, familiar but not boring at all. Unfortunately, there was no time for dessert (strawberry dumplings!), but we did have some very interesting local aromatized wine to wash this filling lunch down. Prices are very reasonable, mind you. There's a story behind each dish or wine in Karlo, and I can't wait to hear and taste more of them.


Last impressions Seriously Good Vino Accompanied... Oaza dobrog o/ukusa Food and wine pairing worth of ...
Having first tried Dobravac wines and olive oil at Kantinon bistro in downtown Rovinj, we decided to go to the source and explore this family business further. And boy were we happy with what we found! Although it was a hectic day for the staff, with the Red Bull Air Race going on, Karin took the effort to go through the wines with us in detail. The whites were particularly good. From the fresh Sonata and the richer Suita to the nearly honey-sweet Allegro muscat, we indulged in seriously good vino accompanied by tasty nibbles in the form of roasted almonds, cheese and dried Istrian sausages. Another star on the menu is the olive oil, made from a secret mix of several local and international olive varieties - a beautiful hue of golden liquid that just dissolves in your mouth like a light silk cloth full of flavor. See, I've just spontaneously burst into a haiku poem - imagine what this place could do to the faint-hearted?!

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