Restaurants, Balkan Zagreb
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Well prepared Central European fare at moderate prices attracts a mixed bag of local and overseas patrons. You can dine on the covered patio terrace accessed through an ivy-clad passageway off Teslina; the winter alternative is a massive dining hall with vaulted stone ceilings. The service is swift and the cuisine heavy on meat. Highlights include the succulent lamb; veal and potatoes under peka (traditionally baked in a coal oven); and more unusual options like pork fillets with dried plum sauce. Of the lighter alternatives, go for trout with almonds or grilled local wild mushrooms. It's a popular spot at lunchtime, so be prepared to wait for a table.


Venue name: Vinodol
Address: Teslina 10
Opening hours: 11.30am-midnight daily
Transport: All trams to main square
Price: Mains 70-160kn

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Looking for an open restaurant on a Sunday lunchtime in Zagreb actually proved to be rather difficult, so we were happy to walk past Vinodol and see an open door and a nice menu. 

We were sat in their inside dining hall, which was relatively quiet, but for me, felt a bit formal and lacked a bit of atmosphere that some background music could potentially have solved. The service was friendly and swift and they were happy to recommend gluten-free alternatives. The menu is very meat-focussed, and the food itself was a bit hit and miss. The 'Veal burger' turned out to be something like schnitzel, and was just ok, whereas I really enjoyed the almond-crusted trout, which was different, well-cooked and served with lovely buttery, creamy potatoes and broccoli. It was also a bit on the expensive side with mains starting at 85 Kuna and rising for the bigger cuts of meat. 

If you're looking for a slightly more formal dinner, and fancy some trout, maybe this could be a good option.