Bistro Pjat

Anita Mialić
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When you are walking along the beautiful Zadar riva and through the labyrinth of its picturesque streets, at the intersection of two of them you are drawn to the modestly located Bistro Pjat, owned by the Mijalić family. Wood, brick, stone, modern pop-rock music from the speakers, garlands and skillets on the walls – everything is somehow just right, as if you have walked into a new continuation of Alice in Wonderland.

A mixture of a Dalmatian tavern and those from a fairy tale, it captivates you at first glance, especially when waiting for you right at the door is a prosciutto that you can cut yourself! Is there any greater luck for the professional hedonist? It comes with olives, homemade olive oil and toast, and it guarantees a pleasant atmosphere.

Pjat is located on Stomorica Street in Varoš near the very center of the peninsula. It places an emphasis on morning snacks and lunch. For a modest price you can have soup, a main course, dessert and a salad. The bistro has everything, from fresh seafood (squid, shrimp, red mullet, and tuna to meat specialties like sarma, veal liver, and pašticada. Manestra, frigadura, risottos, savur, everything that you ever heard in Dalmatian songs is on the menu here.

The guiding thought of Pjat is that every guest, from Japan and Korea to Italy and Slovenia, as well as the locals, will be enchanted by the homemade food, the ingredients for which the owner rises at six o'clock every morning to go to the green market and the fish sellers.
The menu is not very extensive; it is based every day on five fish and five meat dishes, and it is presented orally , meaning that the waiter will advise you what is the freshest and of the highest quality that day. Honestly.

The wine list is rich with outstanding wines from around Croatia (the house wine comes from the Zadar hinterland) to supplement all of the rich tastes of homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and other specialties.
And do not miss the fish of the day. We had the good fortune to drop by when fresh smelt was on the menu – so fresh and prepared with such quality that they looked like they had been polished!

For dessert, among other things, there is cannoli filled with a cream of ricotta and orange topped with homemade caramel and the unique Zadar cake, rich in almonds and an orange and chocolate glaze.

In general, all that may be missing in a local offer – fresh ingredients, a traditional approach, a smiling staff, and food that tells a story – can be found at Pjat, a beautiful oasis for people who really like good food. Of course, you must visit it!

Author of photography: Dino Stanin/PIXELL

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Contact number: 023/213 919



Working hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 - 23:00 h
Sunday: 12:00 - 23:00 h

Region: Dalmatia-Zadar

Address: Stomorica 10; 23 000 Zadar

Capacity: 40

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

Bistro Pjat is owned by the Mijalić family. It is located close to the very center of Zadar. The bistro has a comfortable atmosphere and is dressed in stone like a traditional restaurant.

The food is prepared exclusively from fresh, domestic ingredients. The fish is caught on the day that it is offered on the menu. The wine list is rich in domestic wines and the menu is completed with excellent desserts that round out this Mediterranean gastro story.
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