Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Biograd – Gastronomy And Nightlife

Croatia Online - Biograd Cotonum

Below, in italics, are extracts from the last review we did on Biograd for Time Out’s Visitors’ Guide to Croatia. You can read more about Sv Filip i Jacov (see La Habana, nightlife, below) on the Croatia Cruising Companion blog.

Since last year very little has changed except that Carpy More is now providing food – anything from a children’s menu of Macnuggets, or small veal escalope and fried potatoes (32 kunas), to green pepper steaks with croquets at 96 kunas. There’s also a meat platter for two at 195 kunas, a variety of pastas and pizzas, calamare, etc. We are told that the kitchen is open every day, in all seasons, from noon to 3pm and from 6pm to 11pm.

The restaurants we listed remain popular with locals and visitors alike and shine out amongst many more. However we were also told that Konoba Vapor, serving up classic Dalmatian food, is also well worth a try – Obala Kralja Petra Krešimira IV 24, 023 385 482, (website in Croatian only at the moment), open noon to midnight May to October.


Where to eat and drink

A handful of venues have year-round activity, including the Marina Kornati Restaurant (Šetalište kneza Branimira 1, 023 384 505) offering anything from full-blown formal dining to a quick snack; Konoba Barba (Frankopanska 2, 023 383 087), a characterful, good value locals’ haunt that majors on fish, especially sardines; Casa Vecchia (Kralj Koloman 30, 023 383 220), a service orientated pizzeria in a converted stone house with a delightful walled terrace; and Carpy More (Kralja Tvrtka 10, 091 300 2009/, a Dalmatian Pub (no food) in a large, tastefully renovated stone building, with live music most Thursdays and Fridays. Konoba Bazilika (Ulica Sv Ivan 5, 023 384 451) is a cosy new restaurant, tucked away by the Basilica ruins, with an innovative menu that includes vegetarian dishes, salt cod pate, main meal salads and aromatic fig pancakes, and Konoba Cotonum (Josipa bana Jelačića 2, 091 520 6338) is newly refurbished with a Roman theme and lovely courtyard.

Summer highlights include Šangulin Kavana and Bar (Kraljice Jelene 3, 023 385 150), a crisp, chic seafront bar which also offers toast, croissants and ices; and Lavendar Bed Bar (Hotel Adriatic, Tina Ujevića 4, 023 290 700), where you can sip your cocktail from the comfort of a cool lilac bed surrounded by trees, flowers and sea views; or dine from a shortened version of Hotel Adriatic’s menu.


Pocco Locco (Dražica Beach, no phone) is the beach bar for serious partying. In Carribean style, with a few Chinese lanterns, the endless list of cocktails includes many which are sold by the metre. Hotel Adriatic’s pool complex has a live band or DJ at weekends but many locals head to La Habana (091 353 7332 mobile), a short taxi ride to the small village of Sv Filip i Jakov. Here there’s a large terrace and beach bar, cocktails, pizza by the slice, and a Cuban theme.


Today’s photo is of Roman themed Konoba Cotonum.


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