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Lamb Days in Rivica

Lamb is beloved among Croatians, but preparing lamb often lacks creativity and gourmet touch - Rivica turned lamb into a versatile fine dining experience.

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Farm To Table
We passed for Sunday lunch in Konoba Rustica one day in February and were surprised how it was packed, mostly with Italians and Slovenians that just adore to spend weekends in Istria. Although they are also serving pizza this is not just another bland pizzeria you find all over Croatia. It is also an authentic Istrian konoba serving traditional Istrian fare, homemade pasta like fuži, pljukanci or cheese filled ravioli. But their specialty is surely lamb or veal slowly baked for many hours under peka (the traditional baking bell made of metal) that is alone worth coming here. They also serve excellent gibanica, a cake indigenous to Međimurje region in the northwest Croatia, which is quite a clever choice as, to be honest, Istrian desserts are maybe too frugal for modern palates. In conclusion, here at Rustica you won't find highly sophisticated dishes but honest, hearty dishes for a moderate price.
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Tvornica pljeskavica Kosta

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Artisan Grilled Meat Factory
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Restaurants
Kostadin Stefanović Kosta, master of the famous Leskovac-style grill, roamed around the Balkans for a long time and perfected his skills working in various grill restaurants. Now he settled in Zagreb, opened his own joint and instantly became a legend among Zagreb’s numerous barbecue lovers. Yup, all Balkan grill stars are here and they are looking better than ever: ćevapi, pljeskavica, đevrek, leskovački uštipci, vješalica, ražnjići, pletenica, mućkalica… More than enough to make a devoted carnivore very happy. The quality of the meat is first-rate, grilled to perfection, not too seasoned and full of tasty juices. The side dishes are also carefully prepared and excellent. Decent wines by the glass are probably the cheapest in whole Zagreb – massive respect! Waiters are friendly and well-informed, the place is clean, pleasant and laid-back.
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Sherry's Coffee & Wine Lab

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Wine Drinker’s Dream Come True Passion for wine oozing from th...
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Wine Bars
There are some wine bars and some wanna-be wine bars in Zagreb. But at the moment there’s only one, and it’s a newcomer, that has it all: good selection of wines (more than 150 labels, mostly but not exclusively Croatian), both by glass and bottles, very fair and friendly prices, seasonal homemade finger food to nibble along (comes free with the wine), nice and comfy, not too big and not too small space, good vibes, informal atmosphere and, last but not least – passionate owners/managers who live and breathe what they’re doing. And here it’s really all about wine. OK, the location is a bit farther from the regular downtown street life area, but it’s actually just around the corner and quite reachable. Once you have your first drink at Sherry’s and feel Ivana’s and Mario’s energy, you’ll want to come back, either for a quick afternoon sip on your own or a big night out with friends.
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Bistro Jadera

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions A Touch of Zadar in Zagreb
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Restaurants
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.
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Harissa

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Where the Spice Is So Nice
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Traditional Produce
Harissa Spice Store features not only more than 150 varieties of herbs, spices and traditional blends, but also 100 or so varieties of loose leaf teas, plus accessories such as mortar and pestles, pepper mills, teapots and other tea infusing devices. Owners Ana-Marija Petrić and Matija Paskaš are passionate about cooking and travel, and every destination they’ve visited has revealed a new flavor. Now they’re bringing all of those flavors home to Zagreb to share. Whether it’s a Madras curry, Jamaican jerk seasoning, or any of a variety of pure, whole peppers, chiles and aromatics you need, Harissa has you covered. Or, perhaps you’re looking for pure Chinese Gunpowder Green or Japanese Genmai Cha tea? You now have a place to go in Zagreb.
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Pizzeria Karijola

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Restaurants
When you ask local pizza enthusiasts where to eat the best pizza in Zagreb, most often you’ll hear the name of this place. Cozy and casual interior (but don’t sit too close to the oven!) and nice terrace, surrounded by walls full of cordwood. It is actually used in their wood-fired clay oven, which not only reduces the CO2 emission but also gives that tasty smoky touch to the pizza crust. The dough is delicate and crispy and the ingredients of above average quality. We recommend their special, pizza Karijola: with real pršut (smoked ham), cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, rocket salad. One tip for the owner if he ever reads this post: make a special pizza dough where you substitute half of regular flour with organic semolina flour (Semola di Grano Duro). Good quality comes with somewhat higher prices, but that’s understandable. Beside Zagreb, you can find branches of Karijola in Vis, Slavonski Brod and Berlin. The choice of wines is not big but quite good for a pizza place, and there are also some good local brandies.
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Amfora

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Not Fishy at All!
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Farm To Table
If you didn't what to look for, you'd never find little restaurant called Amfora in the bustle of Dolac, Zagreb's central market. At first sight, it definitely doesn't beckon you to enter. It looks like a worn-out joint from old socialist times. But stop and take a look at the board displaying their daily specials. Various kinds of fresh fish, mostly smaller and not so fancy kinds, grilled or fried, at a very reasonable price: picarels, anchovies, sardines, mackerels, whitings, hakes, surmullets... No wonder, the owner is also a fishmonger, and that's usually the best guarantee that you're eating the real stuff. Don't expect to be swept away by the interior or service. And don't mind the shabby bar downstairs. Just climb up to the claustrophobic and chaotic restaurant area upstairs and if you're lucky, you'll find a seat. Sit back and enjoy Amfora's simple and honest fish dishes, perfectly accompanied by rustic Plavina table wine. Escape the hubbub of Dolac that surrounds you and get transported to to a lazy and sunny Dalmatian afternoon.

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