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“Recommended to everyone, but 4* only”
Review of Balbi

Balbi
Ranked #7 of 192 Restaurants in Rovinj
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $31
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Croatian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

During our 5 days long stay in Rovinj, we decided to re-visit this restaurant. We had wonderful experience from last time and we wanted to repeat that.

Everything we ordered was simply amazing.
Pljukanci are home-made pastry and with zuccinis+gamberis, it's a must-try dish.
Kalamari were also great and very tasty.
Also meat dishes like Čevapčići are delicious.

Pancakes are fantastic as well so don't hesitate trying them.

But not everything was perfect. As knowing Croatian, the owner and waitress were talking about "funny" foreign guests who wanted to eat rice but ordered spaghetti instead. That wasn't really pleasant to hear and sounded inpolite, not professional and disturbing.

Although they were very kind toward us, they still could do better with personnel.

And that is also the only reason for getting 4 stars.

Thank Lowsin
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

certainly another terrific confirmation of the TA reviews; first of all the owner Jasna was very very polite with us. We popped in without any reservation because we could find the number; in fact she confirmed we do not usually take them, except they know who you are. So i'm respecting this philosophy and i won't display their phone number(which you can get when leaving)
Anyway, as Italians we need to say the starters were honestly just ok and the scampi busera, too.
But the "strawberry over the cake" was the "fish into the oven" which i've specifically asked to prepare with potatoes, cherry tomatoes and olives. WELL let me confirm this is the reason because we will be back 100%. It was just FANTASTIC.
For the wine i also have to give another good point to Jasna because she got us exactly what we asked for and i'm glad to post you the one you should try too; the brand is called De Grassi and go for the Cuvee.... i'm sure you will love it

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Thank alessandro s
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Spent an oval weekend in Rovinj with friends. This place really care about their food. Fresh produce, wonderfully selected, prepared with care, served with love. Out of four nights in Rovinje we had two wonderful dinners here. Do not hesitate, go to Balbi!

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Thank Roger K
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Pasta pljukanci with gamberi and zucchini or with seafood... Even the memory of that taste is mouthwatering!

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Thank MatejaKoper
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

The grilled Orata was spectacular at "Balbi" in old Rovinj. (Go though the Balbi gate from main square and walk uphill about a minute. It is on your left on a corner)
It is a delicate fish so a good test for the cook. With wonderful spinach and roast potatoes it was a perfect lunch. My partner's seafood risotto was fabulous too. Two glasses of Istrian white wine, water, bread and a coffee. Only 225kn which is just under 30 euro or $44(AUD).. And to add to the joy cloth napkins and a wonderful waiter with fluent Italian, Croatian, English, German and Russian....and a smile. What more could two Aussies want!

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Thank Turningwild
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