Dinner at Vinodol restaurant in Zagreb, Croatia

A couple of weeks ago, I was with my husband in Zagreb in Croatia. On our last evening, we booked a table at the popular local restaurant – Vinodol.

Location:

Vinodol Restaurant is located in the city’s center on Nikole Tesle’s street.

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Atmosphere:

Vinodol Restaurant serves meals that are prepared according to traditional recipes, with a modern approach.  The restaurant has a large inside area that can hold up to 180 guest in addition to a green and spacious outdoor terrace that sits 100.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is warm and inviting. We were welcomed by Lucy who was attending our table through the night. She was really friendly and professional.

The menu:

All guests can choose from A La Carte as well as great daily menus made from selected fresh seasonal foods. They both looked great. We decided to have a glass of Prosecco to start with while considering what we should have.

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Starters:

While sipping our Prosecco, we decided to order some asparagus, shrimp and wild mushroom risotto from a daily menu. It was delectable and I wish I could recreate it at home.

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Mains:

There was a great choice of mains on the menu. We asked our friendly waitress for a recommendation as we couldn’t decide and agreed to share some lamb prepared on spit from Cres island.

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It was really tasty and tender. It also came with a couple of sides and some potatoes.

Desserts:

We were full after having our starters and mains but we still decided to try some desserts: some hazelnut fantasy cake and a creme carmel. They were both delicious but the hazelnut cake was simply amazing! It was definitely the best cake I’ve tried so far this year and you should definitely try it if you visit Vinodol.

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Overall experience:

We both had a lovely time Vinodol as the restaurant serves delicious food based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. I loved my hazelnut cake and will definitely reccommend it to anyone with a sweet tooth. The service was really friendly, restaurant is located in a city center and it serves great quality, traditional and Mediterranean food with a modern influence so I would definitely visit it again.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.vinodol-zg.hr/en/

Address:

Ul. Nikole Tesle 10,

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Lunch at Sofra Green restaurant in Zagreb, Croatia

During the last full day of our trip to Zagreb in Croatia, we decided to head to Sofra Green Gold- a traditional Bosnian food restaurant. I have never previously had any opportunity to try Bosnian cuisine. It is known to be often prepared with good quality meat that is one of the key ingredients of some of the most popular Bosnian dishes such as bosanski lonac, ćevapi, begova čorba, burek, and grah so it took no time to convince my husband to accompany me to a lunch at this restaurant.

Location:

Sofra Green Gold restaurant is located in a business district of Zagreb, around 20 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes taxi ride from in the city’s centre.

Atmosphere:

The atmosphere at this traditional Bosnian restaurant is homely and it features lots of traditional features. I really enjoyed its décor and, for a minute, it felt like I was taken to a different country.

We were attended by a few different approachable waiters throughout our lunch.

The menu:

Sofra Green Gold restaurant offers traditional Bosnian specialties served in authentic Bosnian environment.

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Starters:

To start with, we tried some Begova čorba. It is the most popular soup in Bosnia– Bey’s soup made of chicken meat, vegetables, cream and okra.

Mains:

For our main we decided to share some meat pie (burek) and Cheese pie (sirnica). They are both traditional pies from Bosnia made of meat and cream cheese. I really liked burek and the meaty filling was amazing.

We then had some ‘Dragon of Bosnia’. This massive platter comes with a selection of meat accompanied by some rice and mashed potatoes. Firstly, I tried the beef steak with dry prunes, peppers, cognac and Worchester.

It was really tasty and I liked the gravy sauce accompanying it. Secondly, I digged into minced meat “čevapi” with beef prosciutto, cheese and vegetables in white cream sauce.

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Again, I wasn’t disappointed. All flavours worked perfectly with each other. In addition to our platter, we aldo had some traditional Šopska salad- a season salad based on tomatoes and cucumber with cheese and some cucumber in cream.

Desserts:

For our dessert we had some home-made baklava and Tufahija, which is basically a boiled apple in a sauce served with nutty filling and topped up with some whipped cream. They were both yummy!

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Overall experience:

We both enjoyed the food and atmosphere in this Bosnian restaurant. The restaurant is very popular-when we arrived at 12:00 there were just a few other tables taken but in around 30 minutes the restaurant was full of locals and expats so I would advise to book a table in advance.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://sofra.hr/

Address:

Radnička cesta 37b

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

 

Dinner at Tekka-Japanese restaurant in Zagreb, Croatia

During my weekend break to Zagreb in Croatia, I decided to have some traditional Japanese cuisine. Some of you might ask why did I decide to have a meal in oriental restaurant while in Croatia. The answer is simple-I love sushi and have it at least once a week so I asked for a few recommendations and booked a table at Tekka restaurant.

Location:

Tekka restaurant is located in a business district, around 20 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes taxi ride from in the city’s centre.

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Atmosphere:

We were welcomed by a friendly Croatian waiter-Svetlan who made us feel welcomed and attended our table throughout the evening.

Tekka has a modern and chic décor and it is perfect for a romantic meal with its dimmed lights and soft music playing in the background.

The menu:

Tekka offers traditional Japanese cuisine and hospitality. The restaurant’s head chef-Tomislav aims to deliver a superb quality Japanese cuisine to local diners. There is a vast choice of hot and cold dishes to choose from for any Japanese cuisine lovers.

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Starters:

There was a nice selection of hot and cold appetizers to choose from. We decided to share some Torikarrage-a Japanese style fried chicken. It was cooked to our liking and presented beautifully.

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Mains:

For our mains, we both decided to have a sushi set. I went for a Kyoto set and my husband had an Osaka set.

My Kyoto set included: 6 uramaki with Age-Ebi with prawns, 4 hosomaki Tuna rolls and some salmon and tuna sashmi. The Osaka set ordered by my husband consisted of 6 hosomaki salmon rolls and a mixture of 6 nigri including: tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus and white fish sushi.

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They were all an absolute treat in every way, including visually. I am sure that they all took a lot of careful preparation. What’s most important though, they were all freshly made to order not pre-prepared.

Desserts:

My husband skipped the dessert as he was full. I decided to have ‘Goma no Pafe’-a sesame mousse with green tea ice-cream. It was tasty and refreshing.

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Overall experience:

We both enjoyed the food and atmosphere in this Japanese restaurant. Tekka offers irresistible succession of tastes and textures, served with extraordinary precision and elegance. We ate, a lot and everything was good, very, very good. All dishes were freshly prepared and if you like watching chefs preparing your food then you have an opportunity to do so as you can admire the work of Tekka’s top-chef through the open kitchen space.

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Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://tekka.hr/en/

Address:

Radnička cesta 37b 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Lunch at Lanterna na Dolcu restaurant in Zagreb, Croatia

Last week, I was with my husband on a short weekend break in Zagreb in Croatia. During our stay in the Croatian capital, we dined in a range of traditional and oriental restaurants.

During the second day of our sightseeing, we booked a table at the popular local restaurant – Lanterna na Dolku.

Location:

Lanterna na Dolku is located in the city’s centre, on one of the oldest streets at the Dolac Market.

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Owners pride themselves of sourcing most ingredients from the local market traders called ‘kumice’ to make sure that their all dishes prepared at the restaurant are fresh and use locally sourced ingredients.

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Atmosphere:

Lanterna na Dolku has a lot of heritage to it and up to 40 people can be seated inside in an over 300 years old basement. In addition, up to 25 guests can sit on a terrace which overlooks the cathedral. When we arrived, the weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside, enjoy the weather and admire the surroundings.

We were welcomed by one of its founders-Tom. He was extremely professional and made us feel like we known him for ages. His customer service skills were excellent and the smile was constantly present on his face. He made us feel relaxed and joyful even before we started our meal.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is cosy and it has a homely décor. There were nice small flower arrangements on all the tables.

The menu:

The goal of restaurant’s founders was to combine the modern and the traditional in both the interior design and on the plate. The menu at Lanterna na Dolku offers a great selection of authentic Croatian dishes that were inspired by an old cookbook from 1854 that owners found in the Zagreb City Museum.

Starters:

Before we ordered our starters we decided to have a glass of white wine from a traditional Croatian winery.

While sipping our refreshing wine, we decided to share some cheese strudel wrapped in prosciutto which was really tasty.

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Mains:

There was a nice choice of mains on Lanterna na Dolku’s menu. For these of you that read my blog regularly, you will probably know that I often choose fish as I love all seafood. I decided to have a sea bass fillet in truffle sauce with fresh truffles accompanied by some homemade croquettes. What can I say? Wow! Wow! Wow! It was simply amazing! I could have that meal every day. The flavours all worked perfectly with each other and it was simply delicious.

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My husband decided to have Pil-grill- a chicken fillet with tomatoes, cheese and peas. It was flavoursome and he finished it all in no time.

Desserts:

We asked Tom to recommend 2 desserts to us and he told us that we need to try: Lanterna štrukli and Lanterna mousse which are both restaurant’s signature sweet courses. We listened to his endorsement and decided to share both of these desserts.

Lanterna štrukli in blueberry sauce recently won a prize at the Austrian baking competition and it was mouth-watering.

Lanterna mousse on the other hand was a perfect blend of mousse with cookies and chocolate. They were both delicious.

Overall experience:

We both had a great time in this family run restaurant. Lanterna na Dolku serves delicious traditional food with a modern twist using only the highest quality, locally sourced, fresh ingredients. I absolutely loved my sea bass so if you like sea food then you should look no further and give it a go. The service was excellent, location is superb and the restaurant serves real ‘homely’ dishes so I would recommend it to anyone visiting Zagreb in a heartbeat. Lanterna na Dolku is where you come to if you want to feel at home to have a beautifully presented and flavoursome traditional meal.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.lanterna-zagreb.com/en/

Address:

Opatovina 31,

10000 Zagreb, Croatia

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Dinner at Purger restoran in Zagreb, Croatia

As some of you know, I am currently on a weekend break in Zagreb in Croatia. We arrived here on Friday afternoon and decided to have our dinner at the Gostionica Restoran Purger Purger restaurant which is around 15 min walk from the hotel we are staying in.

Location:

Gostionica Restoran Purger is located in the city centre on in Petrinjska Street and just around a corner from the tourist information office and the old town.

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Atmosphere:

Now this is what really makes this restaurant, the staff are friendly and the whole place has a family run feel about it. We were surrounded the entire evening by groups of older locals all having a great time a true sign that a restaurant is doing something right.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy and it has a homely décor. There were nice summer flowers and paintings brightening its traditional setting.

The menu:

The menu at The Gostionica Restoran Purger offers a nice selection of traditional dishes that are all built around the family recipes since 1932. Restaurant offers a number of stews, grilled dishes, and traditional desserts.

Starters:

To start, we decided to share some deep-fried cheese. It was served with a bit of homemade tartare and was tasty.

Mains:

There was a nice choice of mains. I decided to have some mixed grill.

The portion was enormous and flavoursome. My husband had a Pork Cutlet Sambour style and also enjoyed it. We ordered some sopska salad to share.

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After having 2 massive mains, we decided to skip a dessert.

Overall experience:

We both had a nice time at The Gostionica Restoran Purger. It serves nice, simple food so it would be great to visit if you like to try some real ‘homely’ dishes. This isn’t the place to come to if you want tea spoon sized portions, this is where you come to if you want to feel at home, like a local and have a proper hearty traditional meal.

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Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.purger.hr/

Address:

Petrinjska ul. 33, 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Dinner at Talland Bay Hotel’s Terrace Restaurant

As some of you might remember, I recently stayed at the 4 star Talland Bay Hotel based on the corner of South East Cornwall. During my stay, after full days of sightseeing I dinned at the hotel’s restaurant. It is headed by chef Nick Hawke and it was recently awarded two Rosettes from The AA. As I am a massive foodie and the restaurant is among the best places to eat in East Cornwall, I decided to check it out.

Location:

The Terrace Restaurant has a perfect cliff-top setting at Porthallow between Looe and Polperro and is just yards from the South West Coast Path and Talland Bay beach.

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We booked our table for 7:00 p.m. When we arrived there were already a few dinners sitting down. We were greeted by a friendly waiter who took us to our table in the corner of restaurant and made us feel welcomed. Throughout the evening there were a few different waiters attending our table and they were all friendly and professional.

The restaurant has a cozy decor featuring beautiful cream and pink chairs.

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Each table had a small fresh flower arrangement and there were lots of sea-side inspired accessories and arts displayed. Most tables also have a sea-view.

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There was romantic music playing in the background.

The menu:

The menu at The Terrace Restaurant offers a nice selection of dishes that are all built around the best produce from the area. The Head Chef-Nick Hawke provides his dinners with a high quality, traditional cuisine with a twist that is based on a fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

We started our meal with some Prossecco and some Cornish Pilsner beer.

Starters:

To start with I decided to have some signature Roasted Cornish Scallops. I saw them on the hotel’s Facebook page and as I love seafood it was a really easy choice to make. They were divine and presented beautifully.

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My husband had some Cornish Cider Pork Belly with Hogs & Black Pudding Terrine served with some parsnips, smoked apple, crackling and parmesan. It was cooked to perfection.

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Mains:

There was a nice choice of mains but I decided to have a Wild Sea Bass that was accompanied by some smoked Bacon, caramelised cauliflower, potatoes, capers and toasted almonds. It was mouth watering.

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My husband had a West Country Beef Roasted Sirloin served with glazed cheek croustillant, Pomme Puree, some smoked garlic and salt baked root Vegetables. It was delectable and he cleared the plate in no time which is always a good sight.

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Desserts:

I have a bad sweet tooth and having a dessert is always my favorite part of any meal. There were quite a few great desserts to choose from but I decided I decided to have Cornish Strawberries with a twist. I really enjoyed my little treat and it was delicious.

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My husband ordered a cheese board and honestly speaking it was the most generous portion of cheese I’ve seen in a very long time.

Overall experience:

We both had a lovely time at The Terrace Restaurant. You should definitely go there if you wish to discover and enjoy some local cuisine and admire an utterly unforgettable view of the Cornish coastline. All dishes were presented beautifully, service was flawless and atmosphere was romantic so we couldn’t have asked for more. I will definitely visit it again whilst in Cornwall.

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Website:

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.tallandbayhotel.co.uk/cornwall-restaurant

Address:

Polperro Heritage Coast, Porthallow, Looe PL13 2JB

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Royal Afternoon Tea at Excelsior Hotel Ernst in Cologne, Germany

As some of you might know, I have recently visited Cologne for a romantic weekend break with my husband. We decided to book an Afternoon Tea experience inspired by Pierre Hermé.

Location:

Pierre Hermé’s Afternoon Tea is exclusively available at Excelsior Hotel Ernst. The hotel is situated in the historic Old Town center of Cologne.

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Times:

Afternoon Tea is served daily from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. It is very popular so you should reserve your table in advance.

Atmosphere:

We were staying at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and as we wanted to do some sightseeing during the day we booked it for 5 p.m. The Afternoon Tea is served in the Piano Bar as well as a lounge area overlooking the cathedral. We were welcomed by a smiley Tea Master who kindly took us to our table.

The atmosphere was charming and offered us a romantic setting to our Afternoon Tea experience. I loved its chic and elegant décor. There was relaxing music playing in the background. Our Tea Master was friendly and exceptionally attentive.

The menu:

Once we were seated, we were given a tea menu and we started assessing our Afternoon Tea options. We started our Afternoon Tea with a glass of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne and ordered some Green Tea and Jasmin Pearls teas afterwards.

A few minutes after we finished sipping our delicious Champagne our stand of sweet and savoury treats arrived.

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I loved how they were all presented.

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Our treats included:

  • Warm selection of plain homemade scones, served with some clotted cream and homemade preserves.
  • A selection of small sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber, cream cheese and ham.
  • English crumpets and small brownies.
  • Signature Pierre Hermé’s world famous macarons.

Dress code:

The dress code at Excelsior Hotel Ernst is smart.

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I decided to wear one of my black dresses from Wallis and paired it with some Dior heels.

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Overall experience:

I loved every minute of our Afternoon Tea experience at Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Pierre Hermé’s world famous macarons were a pleasure both to my eyes and palate and all other treats were delicious. If you fancy a relaxing afternoon in a beautiful surroundings then you should definitely try it.

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Price:

There are 2 versions of Pierre Hermé’s inspired Afternoon Tea available:

  • €34.00 per person including a pot of tea and a selection of Afternoon Tea classics.
  • €44.00 per person “Royal Afternoon Tea” including a pot of tea, a selection of Afternoon Tea classics and a glass of Duval Leroy Brut Champagne.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://www.excelsiorhotelernst.com/

Address:

Excelsior Hotel Ernst
Domplatz/Trankgasse 1–5
50667 Cologne, Germany

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Pauline