Eat Local — Krcma Ulika (restaurant), Rovinj, Croatia

Interior of Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia

Interior of Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia

We were fortunate to get a recommendation to dine at Krcma Ulika (Tavern Ulika), whose location in the back streets of Old Town Rovinj is reportedly a jealously guarded secret of gastronomic connoisseurs.

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Capesante sirove (fresh scallops with roe)

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Capesante sirove (fresh scallops with roe)

In our conversations with the proprietor, we learned a little bit of the restaurant’s history and philosophy.  She revealed that she is a trained and formerly practicing dentist who was born in Zagreb, Croatia, but now lives in Germany with her husband, who is a surgeon.  They fell in love with the Croatian coast and eight years ago she decided to pursue her dream of living on the coast in Rovinj from May to October each year and opening a “slow food”-style gastronomic restaurant.  An added benefit for the proprietor of living on the coast is summer visits from her grandchildren.  Her local chef has been bringing her ideas to the table with her for the past eight years.

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Carpaccio riblji-skampi (raw fresh shrimp)

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Carpaccio riblji-skampi (raw fresh shrimp)

The restaurant has its own fishermen suppliers and they buy only the freshest green grocer ingredients they can source (locally).

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Prsut sa vocem (prosciutto and melon)

First course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Prsut sa vocem (prosciutto and melon)

They specialize in local coastal Croatian dishes, updated and given a modern twist.

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Rizoto skampi burata (shrimp risoto with burata)

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Rizoto skampi burata (shrimp risotto with burata)

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Prsut sa vocem (Shrimp cooked in parchment paper)

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Prsut sa vocem (Shrimp cooked in parchment paper)

One of the things we had read about Krcma Ulika before we booked a reservation was “the hand written sign out front says ‘no pizza, no cevapete (sausage), no calamari'”.

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Pljukanci divljac (local Croatian pasta with meat sugo)

Second course at Krcma Ulika restaurant, Rovinj, Croatia- Pljukanci divljac (local Croatian pasta with meat sugo)

While we expected to find excellent local cuisine, we were delightfully surprised by the creative twists and outstanding quality of every dish we had.  And yes, they tasted even better that they look in the photographs.  Accompanying the meal we had a crisp local (white) Malvasia wine.  Very highly recommended!

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