While sailing along the Croatian coast, you should plan as many stops as possible. Not just to visit old charming towns, but to taste Croatian cuisine. However, this term doesn’t refer to one, homogenous “national cuisine”, but to extremely diverse regional cuisine. What’s more, the menu of each region has been influenced by other cultures: Italian, Greek and Turkish. The LookMarina app will come in handy to find the best restaurants nearby marinas in Istria, Kvarner Gulf and Dalmatia, where you’ll enjoy an excellent lunch or dinner.
While on the Dalmatian coast, you definitely should try dishes prepared in a specific way called peka. It involves simmering or frying food under a bell-shaped lid covered with wood embers. Another popular method used in Croatian cuisine is cooking on a grill called gredele. Both peka and gredele allow preparing traditional Dalmatian dishes: seafood, meat or vegetables. You can start your Dalmatian meal with the local prosciutto ham, then try brujet, a stew with seafood served with palenta (porrige made of cornmeal) or crnirižot – black risotto that owes its color to the ink produced by cuttlefish. For the main course you can order pašticada – a dish made of beef that goes well with potato dumplings known as gnochhi.
You can find similar delicacies also in Istria, where seafood is often served and where they use peka as well. Istrian cuisine, however, has one distinctive feature –countless types of homemade pasta. The most popular ones are fuži and pljukanci. The first one is often served with truffle sauce (truffles are another delicacy of Istria!), while the second one goes with asparagus and prosciutto. Istrian cuisine also has its specific way of cooking, called buzara. Seafood – especially shrimps and mussels –is cooked in the pan with the addition of, among other things, white wine and olive oil.
Restaurants located on the islands of the Kvarner Gulf smell of rosemary, thyme and sage. In addition to seafood and fish, figs, grapes and almonds appear on the table. While in this region, you should try the local sheep’s and goat’s cheese, as well as excellent lamb. For a dessert, you can try some delicious cakes (either with figs and nuts, or with cheese, cherries and chestnuts) as well as biscuits with olive oil. In each of the three coastal regions, wine is an integral part of a fine meal and almost every town there produces their own kind of it. Book marinas on the Croatian coast with the LookMarina app and discover the best local restaurants, where you’ll get a taste of unforgettable cuisine!