Dalibor Pavlović
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To cook or not to cook, that is not the question. This paraphrase of Hamlet's dilemma awaits guests at the Zadar restaurant Bruschetta, where, it is easy to be convinced, they have decided to cook. But, of course, for them cooking is not the only way to prepare a meal.

Bruschetta has outstanding raw food. They make carpaccio from beef, fish, and octopus. They also feature a very fine appetizer, "Cold plate a la chef de cuisine," which contains a cream of cod, tuna paté, marinated fish, and smoked tuna. It also has a meat cold plate with prosciutto, bacon, šokol (a type of cured pork), Pag cheese, gorgonzola cheese, and cream of olives.
Like its name, the restaurant serves welcome zalogajčiće (snacks) that include bruschetta with tomato and fresh basil, salmon and pesto Genovese, truffles and pancetta, shrimp, and fresh tuna.

When someone really starts to cook, and not just the three soups - fish, shrimp, and beef - guests will get to enjoy the excellent gregada (fish and potato stew)i made from angler fish, potato, onion, paprika, and zucchini, as well as shrimp, lobster, mussels, or grouper na buzara. There are also outstanding shellfish and venus clams, which on the Adriatic coast are still called by various local names: prnjavica, kučica, dondola, rovanica or ladinka. Other menu items include a risotto of cuttlefish and shrimp, and fanciful pastas with fish, vegetables and meat.

Of course, the fish and meat are grilled or baked. Filet mignon, rump steak, pork filet and turkey are the ingredients of the meat platter for two. In addition the restaurant offers roast leg of lamb and chicken filet with truffles. It also has a good selection of pizzas. The menu in Bruschetta is not large, but it is very well conceived, so that visitors to Zadar, even those who are staying for a month, can spend their entire vacation eating here and find something different to eat every day.
The wine list is also well designed with about 20 wines, making it easy to find a good match.

The restaurant is close to the Sea Organs, across the street from the park, so even on a hot day it is cool. The pleasant atmosphere is also helped by the greenery around the tables on the terrace, but also the waiters and waitresses, who are fast and unobtrusive, as if they get satisfaction from serving customers, and adhere to the message on the menu: "It is our pleasure to cook for you!"

Author of photography: Dino Stanin/PIXSELL

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Contact number: 023/312 915



Working hours: Monday-Sunday:
11.00 - 23.00 h

Region: Dalmatia-Zadar

Address: Mihovila Pavlinovića 12; 23000 Zadar

Capacity: 100

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

Bruschetta offers traditional Mediterranean cuisine. In preparing its food, the restaurant uses only the highest quality authentic ingredients and olive oil from renowned domestic producers, like Dr. Ivica Vlatković, whose extra virgin olive oil is the champion of the Noćnjaka (an olive oil competition in the Zadar region) and the overall champion of Croatia, and the eco-certified olive oil of Nikica Žampera, which is produced in a family business in Žman on Dugi otok.

Awards and recognitions:

In 2011, Bruschetta was named the best restaurant in Zadar County, for which it received the "Blue Flower" of the Zadar Country Tourist Board and the Zadar newspaper.
It was also selected as one the 100 leading restaurants in Croatia in 2016 according to Good Restaurants.
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