Pula, Croatia / June 8, 2011 / dinner
Winederlust Rating (details below): 8.1 out of 10 / Winederlust Worthy: Yes
Before our trip to Croatia, Jay and I had read in several places that Valsabbion - in the country's Italian-influenced northwestern region of Istria - was one of the best restaurants in the country. So of course we called for a reservation. Unlike some other European restaurants where you need to make reservations a month or two in advance, we were able to get in for lunch with less than a week's notice, no problem.
In fact, when we got to the restaurant (about a 15-minute drive from Pula, Istria's largest city), we were dining nearly alone - only one other table was occupied for lunch. Though the quietness was a bit odd (it wasn't quite high season yet, but still), we were impressed by the restaurant's very modern décor with lots of black and purple and a good view of the water below.