Increasingly a local favourite when it comes to traditional Adriatic fare with a contemporary twist, Pet Bunara has a reputation for digging out old recipes, sourcing local ingredients and giving them a new lease of life. Typical starters include orzotto (like a risotto but made with barley), house ravioli with scampi and figs, and a black squid stew with chick peas. Signiature mains include steak with figs, or fish fillets with orange and chickpea puree. They also do some of the best pizzas in the city. The desserts, which again make full use of Dalmatian ingredients such as carob, quince and fig, are excellent.
Kornat heads an increasingly upmarket scene, vying with Foša, Pet Bunara and Hotel Bastion’s Kaštel for top table in town. Some of the key gourmet specialities on offer in the region are Pag cheese, and marvellous home-cured pršut from inland villages like Posedarje. The locals attribute their flavours to the powerful Bura wind, which is ideal for curing ham and instrumental in making Pag grass salty. Look out for cherry-cake dessert using Maraschino liqueur native to Zadar. Made from local Marasca cherries, Maraschino is a key local product and the ideal souvenir to take home.