This stunning walled city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Sea feels like a movie set and why not, after all Game of Thrones was shot here! Croatian cuisine has a lot of Italian and Mediterranean influences. The coastal cuisine is quite different from the way they cook inland. The old city of Dubrovnik itself has become more of a touristy place with hoards of cruise ship passengers who visit during the day. To escape the crowds,it's a good idea to check out the neighboring countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro during the day. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from and they all probably serve very good food. We wanted to try authentic Croatian dishes and below are the ones we absolutely loved.

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"Meat under the iron bell" or Ispod Peke

Ispod Peke is essentially is food that is cooked under heat, using a terracotta or iron lid, and burning wood embers. It is cooked for 8 to 10 hours on a low heat so as to let the natural juices of the meat tenderize it. You can get various options when it comes to the meat under under the bell. We chose Lamb and the other options are veal,octopus and pork. They come with potatoes and bread and we thought that this was the best meal of our entire Eurotrip. The tricky part is that most restaurants in the old city don't serve this dish, mainly because it needs to be pre-ordered a day before. We asked our local contacts and found a very authentic Croatian restaurant in the nearby village of Bosanka and took the local  bus to get there.
Restaurant: Konoba Dubrova, Bosanka, 20207, Bosanka.

 

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Squid Ink Risotto or Crni rižot

This Black risotto is a seafood risotto and it traditionally comes from the coastal areas of Croatia.Squid ink is preserved and used in cooking to give that black color to the rice. It definitely is an acquired taste but if you love seafood the odds are that you are going to love this dish.
Restaurant: Peline Konoba Pizzeria, Peline ul. 4, 20000, Dubrovnik.

 

Fresh Anchovies marinated in lemon juice

I am not a big fan of raw fish of any kind but this deliciously tender fish blew me away. I think it has to do with how fresh they are. Try them out at any restaurant in Dubrovnik.
Restaurant: Konoba Dubrova, Bosanka, 20207, Bosanka.

 

Pasticada

Pasticada is perhaps the most popular meat dish in Dalmatia. Every house, every family has its own recipe for pasticada. Meat or Fish is marinated in a wine vinegar for days, and then braised for hours, first in its own juice, and later with red wine, and served with home made gnocchi. It is usually hard to find Pasticada in restaurants as it takes a long prep time but we got lucky and had a chance to try is in Konoba Menego.
Restaurant: Konoba Menego, 21450, Hvar.

 

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Scampi na Buzara

Buzara is a method of cooking seafood, mainly crustaceans and shellfish, wildly used in a coastal Croatia. Scampi, shrimp, mussels or clams are shortly cooked with white wine, garlic, parsley and breadcrumbs. This simple yet satisfying dish hits the spot.
Restaurant:  Jurin Podrum, 11,Ul Duolnjo Kola 11P,21460,Stari Grad.

Pljukanci with truffle sauce

Pljukanci is homemade pasta typical for Istria. It has a chewy texture and goes well with pretty much any sauce.We tried this dish with truffle sauce which was a delight.
Restaurant: Jurin Podrum, 11,Ul Duolnjo Kola 11P,21460,Stari Grad.

 

Tuna Steak

It was the first time I was trying Tuna steak and what other place than in Croatia. I cannot emphasize on how fresh the seafood is here and we had Tuna steak in a couple of places and they all were juicy and tender, cooked to perfection.

Restaurant: Dalmatino Hvar, Sveti Marak 1, 21450,Hvar.

 

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24 thoughts on “

  • September 1, 2017 at 9:09 pm
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    Driving across many of the islands that comprise Croatia, it’s hard not to notice the huge farms of olive trees, clinging to the land as they have for thousands of years.

  • June 14, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    Driving across many of the islands that comprise Croatia, it’s hard not to notice the huge farms of olive trees, clinging to the land as they have for thousands of years.

  • May 22, 2017 at 12:49 am
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    i love your blog and always like new things coming up from it.

  • May 20, 2017 at 8:02 am
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    Croatia and Romania keep popping up on my travel list and after reading your Croatia posts, I think I ll definitely have to pencil it in ?

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