Bracera is an excellent place. Disregard the casual bypassers who are obviously not familiar with local cuisine and value for money.
A konoba is not a restaurant, nor is a konoba usually associated with fine dining. A fine dining place in Kvarner at least, is a fancy restaurant in Opatija or Volosko. A konoba is a place that offers freshly made local food. The menu can be exceedingly simple, just a few dishes; the wine home-made and on the acid side (much like a Greek taverna). Prices suited to locals. Bracera is a wonderful exception. Based on the idea of a konoba, Bracera has elevated the simple local cuisine to the level of a good French bistro. They even serve some creative dishes not found elsewhere. Everything is freshly made on the premises; they even have their own bakery and pastry chef. While it serves a variety of local dishes, it excells at fresh fish and seafood dishes. The menu is huge, seasonally varying - and there are daily specials. Ask!
My husband and I have dined there for a period of three weeks last year and two weeks this year. I have eaten there myself often last winter. During the summertime, there is a huge terrace and it gets so busy people have to queue. However, the service is the fastest on the island, and I know the island well. The young men who work there are polite, fast and efficient. The service is impeccable. The prices have a broad range from very cheap local lunches and specialties (particularly for people with Western incomes), to usual high prices for freshly caught wild fish, lobster and scampi. Again, with a Western pocket, fresh scampi at Bracera are ridiculously cheap, and the quality is simply the best in the world.
The Croatian way of grilling white fish and serving it with parsley, garlic, olive oil and lemon, with potatoes combined with mangold (blitva) is a way of making an exciting dish out of simple ingredients. Blitva at Bracera is very good, as their olive oil is really fine. The island of Krk has one of the best olive oils in Europe. One has to know what to eat and how to order in Croatia. If you act as an accidental tourist, and order something cheap and boring, you probably won't get the extra attention given to guests who savour good food and open their wallets.
I had some memorable meals in the rustic, relaxed atmosphere of Bracera. One wonderful meal in 2010, when I had met there with a long lost childhood friend, and the two of us were so engaged in conversation that I forgot my glasses there. We had to return and got to enjoy a second meal in the evening! And last spring, 2012, when my husband and I were leaving Croatia, enjoying one last meal at Bracera, we were given a small mug (bukaleta), to take home with us as a memory. How can I even begin to describe the kindness of Croatian people who work there?
Anyone on a fleeting visit should consider that the staff work long and hard hours, every day in the season. I find it extraordinary that the staff always seem in a good mood, attentive and polite, which I couldn't say about all their guests. A place to visit; go early to avoid crowds.
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