Konoba Varos – Split, Croatia

Reviewed on December 2nd, 2011 by Dina

Konoba Varos has to be my favourite restaurant that we went to on our Croatia trip! Again, it was tucked away on one of the back streets but this didn’t mean that it was any less busy. Actually on both occasions, we were lucky to get a table as we hadn’t prebooked.

Konoba Varos had a really quirky interior with a fish theme! There were fishing nets decorating the ceiling and various fish and shellfish hanging in the nets! The restaurant had several sections to it.

We were given a huge square table and thought that it was way too big for our group. What we didn’t realise was that our meal would be quite an orchestrated event!

One of my friends ordered fish. Three fish on a plate were brought out to her and she was given the choice of which one she wanted. When the fish had been cooked, the waiter kindly prepared the cooked fish for her at the table.

Before the food was brought out, a few food warmers (with the tealights) were put on the table. The waiter then brought out our plates and let them warm up on the food warmers!

We were served with a couple of baskets of bread. The bread was nice and fresh. The bread selection was brown, rye, white and corn.

Once all the food was ready, our plates were given to us and all the dishes were put on the warmers. At this point, we were grateful for the big table. The waiter was really attentive and friendly!

On the first occasion, I had the tomato soup and a side of boiled vegetables. The tomato soup had rice in it and it was a smooth tasty soup. The boiled vegetables were carrots and courgettes.

The next meal that I had at Konoba Varos was spaghetti in tomato sauce. It was supposed to come with ham but I asked for it without. The spaghetti was a fairly big portion and quite tasty.

On our second evening meal at this restaurant, we ordered a few portions of the chargrilled vegetables. Instead of giving us lots of individual portions, we were given one huge platter of hot steaming vegetables. These went down a treat: big slices of aubergine, peppers, courgettes, carrots and mushrooms!

Some of the other dishes were also ordered more than once, and again, these were brought out as one big portion. This meant that we could just help ourselves and share the food out!

Dining at Konoba Varos was an absolute pleasure. We received faultless service and fantastic food! Service with a smile and a great relaxed atmosphere! Just perfect for a meal out with friends!

Konoba Varos, Ban Vladenova 7, Split, Croatia

Rating: ★★★★★

Storia – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Reviewed on August 4th, 2011 by Dina

Storia had a convenient location next to our apartments in Dubrovnik. On this narrow street, there was Storia which is an Italian restaurant and next door to it was a restaurant specialising in fish.

We were quite a big group so we weren’t sure whether to split up and dine in the separate restaurants due to everyone’s different preferences. As we were going between the two restaurants and looking at the menus, one of the staff from Storia came out. He told us that if we wanted Italian food then we should come to his restaurant but if we wanted fish, then the restaurant next door is the one to go to!

We asked if it would be possible to put the tables together and order food from the two different restaurants. The waiter was so accommodating and friendly and told us that it would be no problem at all. He said that the staff at the restaurant next door (the fish one) were his friends and so he could do that for us!

It’s very rare to find restaurants recommending each other, especially when they are in such close proximity. It was really refreshing to have such a situation where the restaurants were working together and helping each other out.

The outdoor seating area was big wooden cushioned benches. There was also an indoor dining area but on a warm night, we were fine dining outdoors!

The vegetable risotto was not a creamy risotto. It was tomato based with chopped vegetables and garnished with parsley. The rice was quite separate and seemed like it was long grain rice rather than risotto rice. Although the menu stated that it was a risotto, it was more like a vegetable rice dish.  Saying that though, it had a nice flavour. It wasn’t a huge portion; just the right size for myself!

Storia was a nice enough Italian restaurant which provided us with good service and friendly staff!

Storia, Kneza Damjana Jude 6, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Rating: ★★★½☆

Pizzeria Topolino – Bol, Croatia

Reviewed on April 30th, 2011 by Dina

Pizzeria Topolino has the perfect seafront location. As you dine in the outdoor terrace of this restaurant, you have beautiful picture perfect views of the gorgeous coastline. A lot of time could easily be spent relaxing at this restaurant, enjoying the views!

The outdoor dining area is fairly big with the wood fired oven at one end and the chef preparing the pizzas next to it. Pizzeria Topolino did have lots of pages to its menu; it was like a booklet. But after seeing the wood fired oven, my attention went straight to the pizza page!

The vegetarian pizza was huge and was topped with lots of sliced onions, tomatoes and some mushrooms. I had requested it without any cheese. The pizza base was crispy and fresh.

The waiter was friendly and we received lovely service at this restaurant. There was cheesy music playing in the background!

Pizzeria Topolino is a fantastic pizza place to go to on the island of Brac!

Pizzeria Topolino, Frane Radica 1, Bol, Brac, 21420, Croatia

Rating: ★★★★★