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The Dubrovnik Verdict

One of the best Croatian sommeliers Siniša Lasan had an idea to compare Croatian wines to some of the most famous wines in the world in a blind tasting. The results were somewhat shocking.

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Food & Wine Venues

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Restaurants
Bistro 75 is one of those places where you know you'll get creative food made with great ingredients, but for a normal price. They combine croatian tradition with worldy influences and the results are great. It's no revolution, but for Zagreb, which is just getting to know street food kind of places, it almost is. Therefore, we'd go there any time of the day, knowing it will be delicious, funky and pleasing. Plus, they have a small but exquisite selection of craft beer, interesting wines and COCKTAILS. Long live Bistro 75 cocktails!
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Wine Bars
Bastion 19 je postao naš omiljeni zagrebački wine bar iz nekoliko razloga. Imaju zanimljivu vinsku listu koja se redovito mijenja s ciljem da publici predstavi što više (stranih) zanimljivih vinara, vinarki i njihovih priča. Hrvatskih vina je malo i pomno su odabrani. Cijene su više nego pristojne. Konobari znaju posluživati vino i o njemu pričati. Pivska lista je također zadovoljavajuća, a ni kava nije loša. Atmosfera je opuštena, hedonistička i živahna, nimalo sterilna, od čega wine barovi u Hrvata znaju patiti. Mjesto za kušanje, uživanje, učenje i druženje. Nadam se da će nastaviti jednakim ritmom.
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Pet bunara

Dalmatia Zadar
Last impressions Something Different, Yet Local
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I love Pet bunara. It's where you go when you want a normal dinner in Zadar, with local flavour and well prepared, but don't want to pay a fortune. It's just the right combination of modern and traditional. You'll find both good pizzas and risottos as well as some forgotten Dalmatian dishes made with local organic ingredients. And their desserts, especially based on figs or maraska sour cherries, are fantastic. Definitely not a tourist trap place.
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Konoba Vinko

Dalmatia Šibenik
Last impressions As good as it gets
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Restaurants
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.
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Karlo

Zagreb&Surroundings
Last impressions Plešivica's Gourmet Display Window
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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.

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