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Piroš Čizma

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions It's the taste of new Baranja
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Robert Pinto, chef and manager of Piroš Čizma restaurant, welcomed us with homemade medica (honey brandy) made following his mother’s recipe. The restaurant exudes pleasant atmosphere in which Croatian, Hungarian and Italian languages are intertwined. Later, I found the identical situation with the food we tasted. Robert spent most of his lifetime in Italy, which is his second country, on his father’s side. He owned a restaurant in Venice for eleven years and worked as chef all around the Italy. After a tour of the restaurant and Kapelica vina (Wine Chapel), we put ourselves into Robert’s hands. As we found out, his kitchen philosophy is seasonal use of available ingredients and harmony of flavors. We eagerly expected what followed. Marinated catfish on a bed of chicory with emulsion of orange, mustard and honey; velvety cream soup of muscat pumpkin with aromatic toast; rolled and filled crispy pike-perch fillet with homegrown vegetables which literally melts in your mouth. At the end, chocolate and almond cupcake with wild berries mousse on orange foam . Gerštmajer’s graševina fully completed this meal and the promise was made: We’ll come again!
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Miramare

Istria
Last impressions Straightforward seafood and gar...
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Escape from the crowded beaches and tourist-infested places of southern Istria to the small village of Pomer. Miramare restaurant and its owners, family Vodopija, offer nothing trendy or fancy, they aren't star chefs, but you'll find decent, fresh and honest, traditional seafood dishes on a green and peaceful terrace guaranteed to recharge your batteries. Specialty of the house that will put you in ecstatic mood - grilled Adriatic squids filled with scampi tails. We dare you to finish Miramare pancakes after the meal!
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Restoran Kormoran

Slavonia&Baranja
Last impressions Baranja Cuisine in Wildlife Park
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Restaurant Kormoran is located in the heart of Nature Park Kopački rit. With more than 260 different bird species and over 40 freshwater fish species, this place is Europe’s hidden water wonder. Kormoran’s interior is rustic and fishermen-style with old photographs of Kopački rit and heavy untreated oak tables and benches. But, first you should dwell outdoor, in a nice shady arbor, order a Williams pear brandy and watch chefs cook fish stew, čobanac and carp between forked branches in their outdoor kitchen (needs to be ordered in advance or you’ll wait for 50 minutes – you can always use that time and take a stroll through Kormoran’s park, which is great for parents with kids.) The menu is based on freshwater fish specialties, game meat and classic pork, chicken and beef dishes. Their signature dish is seasoned loin of venison. But, the thing we came for was catfish stew with homemade noodles. When it arrived, the familiar aroma filled the air around us. Beautiful red colour from dried red paprika and catfish chunks were what we came for (watch out for frauds and learn the difference between native catfish and Pangasius catfish, which is now unfortunately very common in Baranja’s cuisine). Nicely reduced stew, rich and full of flavour with fresh catfish (their season is April 16 – June 15). Noodles with crispy bacon complement this meal perfectly. Noodles were homemade, nicely cooked, but nothing too fancy. Wine, oh wine… We drank Belje Premium Graševina 2011. I still can’t shake the feeling that Belje’s “ordinary” labels are better than their than premium wines. Naturally, since the company owns the restaurant, Belje’s wines have the monopol. Don’t get me wrong, they have great wines, but diversity is better. That is why Baranja winemakers like Gerštmajer, Josić, Kalazić or Pinkert are not on the list, unfortunately. We finished with raspberry cake for dessert. Nice, but a bit too sweet, visually not interesting and I’m not a huge fan of powdered sugar. Still it was raspberry season and we appreciate the effort. Conclusion: we don’t agree with the exclusive wine list, and would like to see some innovation in desserts. But, in the end, Kormoran is an excellent place to eat in Baranja after a nice boat ride in Kopački rit, with good service and fine food.