Mon Ami, a pleasant and tranquil restaurant, is located just as you leave Velika Gorica and head to Sisak with Croatia’s largest airport being very close by. It doesn’t matter if you opted for a quick getaway from the capital or you have such a craving for Mediterranean cuisine that you just can’t wait to get to the Adriatic coast, Mon Ami will surely bring a smile on your face with its superb and varied selection of seafood and continental specialties.
Mon Ami is primarily a fish restaurant, a fact suggested by modern painting hanging from the walls in shades of the blue Adriatic, as well as by a miniature seashell exhibition you’ll encounter as you go in. The restaurant takes pride in displayed diplomas and medals awarded to its olive oil, in addition to certificates issued to Mario Meštrović, the restaurant’s sommelier, who’s doing a fantastic job when it comes to being in charge of a small, yet varied wine list containing 60 labels. The floor is made in greenish stone, whereas the walls and the ceiling are adorned in brown and white nuances. You can listen to low sounds of klapa music (klapa music is a form of traditional a cappella singing in Dalmatia ) with the overall impression being that you’re surrounded by people who love the sea.
The menu contains a few classic dishes served as snacks until 12.30 pm. There are also some seasonal dishes that are varied as new fresh ingredients become available. Asparagus is the focal point in April as are other kinds of young vegetables and fish currently in season. You have to try asparagus soup as well as the fritaja (egg dish similar to omelette) and gnocchi with prawns and these favoured green sprouts. We definitely mustn’t forget the delicious, moist and irresistible fresh bread you won’t be able to take your hands off as wait for the next course. Mon Ami takes great pride in fresh fried sand smelt and prawns. The selection of fresh fish, crustaceans and shellfish is quite impressive with John Dory, scorpionfish, dentex, homarus and lobsters just to name a few... There’s something even for the most refined palate.
The Mon Ami crew hasn’t neglected classic risottos and pasta dishes (black cuttlefish risotto, šurle, pljukanci, fuži) or squid dishes which they prepare in five different ways. The classic Skradin cake is the main dessert so that everything matches the rozata. Naturally, champagnes, sparkling wines and rosé wines stem from France and Italy, but also from all parts of Croatia ranging from Pleševica, followed by white wines from Bilogora and Slavonia to red ones from Dalmatia and Primorje – the whole nine yards!
The atmosphere is relaxed, the staff are causal and everything gives out the kind of vibe you’d expect in a restaurant adjacent to a beach in a town somewhere in Dalmatia. The prices are affordable and everything’s a stone’s throw away, which makes it a pretty neat place to pass the time while you eagerly await your vacation. And you can do that at least once a month...
Hake fillet with shrimp, grilled courgettes and chard purée is the week specialty, and you also have black cuttlefish risotto to familiarise yourself with Mon Ami’s cuisine. And all that is available in Velika Gorica. We can only congratulate them for their quality, perseverance and ideas because this is a place where you can really have a breath of the Mediterranean.
Author of photography: Luka Stanzl/Pixsell
Contact number: 01/6213-333; 091/5444-715
Working hours: Monday - saturday: 10.00-23:00h
Region: Central Croatia
Address: Trg kralja Tomislava 26, 10 410 Velika Gorica
Price range: 100-200kn