Written by Hayley in Out and about

This summer Steve and me went to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik in Croatia for our holidays. Food wise we didn’t really know what to expect. Apparently the cuisine in Croatia really varies across the regions. Dubrovnik seemed to be Mediterranean inspired, especially Italian, with plenty of pizza, pasta and risotto dishes appearing on menus. Also being a coastal town, seafood was in abundance. All the fish specialties are caught fresh from the depths of the Adriatic sea and shellfish grown in unpolluted sea.

Unlike some of the other places in Croatia where you can eat out very cheaply, Dubrovnik is known as being the most expensive city in Croatia. Being on a bit of a budget we didn’t eat out all the time and enjoyed our trips to the local shop to pick up fresh bread, Croatian meats, cheese and big juicy beef tomatoes, all to be washed down by quality Croatian wine and beer. Here are a few nice places we stumbled on…

Restaurant Panorama

This is a table with a view! We climbed to the top of the mountain by cable car (slightly scary) where we looked down on the whole of Dubrovnik and its surrounding islands. Even if you don’t go to the restaurant it’s worth getting the cable car up to admire the glorious view. We booked our table in advance, telling a little white lie – it was our anniversary (well it was technically our 1 year and 4 month anniversary!) and we were seated in one of the best tables in the house. We had the view of Dubrovnik old town, suburbs and the Elaphite Islands in the distance. The food was very pleasant, I ordered beef tenderloin carpaccio with artichoke and spicy sauce for starters and Steve had noodles “Dubravka.” For mains I had a delicious king prawn “Panorama” which came served with a tomato, caper and wine sauce and Steve had a steak. We timed our meal perfectly and as we were tucking into our starters, the sun began to set across the sea, turning the sky a lovely yellow and orange then over time to gorgeous pink and purple. It was absolutely stunning and as an American lady on the next table said “It’s so beautiful, I think I’m going to cry!”

Pizzeria Tabasco

We spotted this as we got off at the cable car station at the old town. It’s not located in the most glamorous of locations- at the bottom of a car park. We had heard good reviews so decided we’d check it out the following day. It turned out to be one of the nicest pizza places we’d both ever been to, so good that we went back again on our last night for a takeaway. You are spoilt for choice with the menu and it took me a while to decide which topping I wanted. I got the “Tabasco” pizza, which I was told was an “excellent choice” by the waitress and it certainly was! 



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