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Svi koji gravitiraju istočnom dijelu grada (širem Maksimiru) znaju da je kvartovski društveni epicentar jedna, ni po čemu posebna, skupina zgrada na Bukovačkoj, odmah do kružnog toka prije Rebra. To je ustvari prva „civilizacija“ gdje možete sjesti na piće nakon što ste „zdravi“ dio odradili u Maksimirskoj šumi ili parku. Godinama se tamo nalazio samo veliki broj kafića, no s vremenom je ponuda procvala, pa se u taj dio grada dolazi i na dobru pizzu u Duksu, na kolače u Amelie, a sada i na ručak/večeru u bistro Ab Ovo. Već izdaleka privlači vas pomalo eklektično uređenje naglašenih boja. I neka, nek' se netko konačno ne boji baciti malo boje u naše zagrebačko sivilo. Ulja na platnu velikih dimenzija jednako su šarena kao stolovi, stolci, čaše i namještaj ovog ugodnog prostora koji najbolje izgleda kada su otvorena vrata koja vode na dvije prostrane terase. Tada je u potpunosti postignut izlazak na ulicu i srdačna dobrodošlica svim prolaznicima. A s obzirom da su, osim na uređenje, uložili u kuhara, tamo se ne bi trebalo dolaziti samo slučajno. I prije nego sam shvatila da je mladi kuhar radio u nekim ozbiljnijim zagrebačkim restoranima, tanjuri su govorili sami za sebe. Ab Obo bistro nudi 4 ili 5 dnevnih jela s jednim ili dva deserta. Više nego dovoljno za svačiji ukus. Jela se mijenjaju dnevno, neke uspješnice ostaju, zamjenjuju ih nove, kako se mijenja i sezona. No, čim na tanjuru dobijete nešto što se skromno zove „proljetna salata“, jasno vam je da kuhar vlada i tehnikama i maštom i namirnicom. Skladno posloženi okusi poširanog jajeta, sezonskih šparoga, kozjeg sira, ukrašeni jestivim cvijećem i divljim biljem govore: ovdje se ozbiljno kuha. Ta ozbiljnost ne reflektira se na cijene, one su sasvim pristojne. Da se radi o nekom „ozbiljnom“ restoranu na „ozbiljnoj“ lokaciji, mirne duše mogli bi ih prodavati po duplo većima cijenama. No, samo neka je nama „sporo pečenog lungića na tortici od krumpira i špeka sa sotiranim mahunama“ po 65kn, pa da otkrivamo neke nove okuse i kombinacije kojima se ne bismo nadali u „kvartovskom“ bistrou. Usto, vinsku listu radio je netko zanimljivog i ne sasvim ukalupljenog vinskog ukusa, stoga i vina uglavnom nisu sa mainstream popisa. Tim više nas veseli da je ovakvo mjesto otvoreno na manje frekventnoj lokaciji. Upravo ovakav bistro bi svaki kvart u Zagrebu trebao imati. Držimo fige da održe letvicu visoko, kao što su je i postavili. Pa još nismo stigli ni do koktela, fine kave… Tekst objavljen na http://old.gastro.hr/gustionica/ab-ovo-9355
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Ruža is bringing the experience of authentic Slavonian and Baranja cuisine in the center of old town Tvrđa in Osijek. It's meals and decor are focused on traditional expression. The cuisine is standard for this area - fish stew, catfish stew and fried river fish combined with grilled meat and game meat specialities. It's been a while since sterlet fish is back in Croatian restaurants - you can also find it here in season, I highly recommend it. You'll find an interesting wine list from local wineries and also some vintage (ice) wines. Ruža is suitable for large parties or romantic dinners with great food and live traditional folk and gipsy music.
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Kod Javora ("Under the maple tree") is a place with tradition. Well known in Osijek and always with the same goal - to provide authentic Slavonian and Baranja cuisine. They are most notable for their fish specialities like fish stew, catfish stew and fish plate (carp, yellow perch, and catfish). And if you're lucky you can "catch" sterlet - rare and delicious fish treat. If you're into the meat you'll find "heavy" grilled meals like chicken, "punjena pljeska" (burger filled with cheese), quickly smoked pork filled cheese on grill etc. Their wine list is not superb but it is a good pair with mentioned dishes. Go with one of premium Graševina's and you'll be just fine. Overall - great dishes with a nice atmosphere and great view of Drava river. I suggest sitting on terrace with a big maple tree in center to have full romantic atmosphere :)
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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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Karlo

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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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Take a glass of Marastina, local summer white wine coming right from Vodice winemaker Birin, order a handful of chef Anita's tapas like Adriatic shrimps in tempura served with creative salads and your after beach aperitif can start. Then go home, sleep one hour, take a shower and come back for multi course dinner. American style pork ribs with a superb gin tonic? Why not? Bravo Anita and the crew! Vodice have just got a good reason to come there for summer holidays.