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“Authentic Istrian cuisine and homely atmosphere”
Review of Konoba Astarea

Konoba Astarea
Ranked #1 of 8 Restaurants in Brtonigla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $31
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed April 21, 2013

You must visit this restaurant. I've been there several times and each time was special. It is not a fancy restaurant, they dont serve complicated dishes... there you can sense real Istrian atmosphere ...The first time I visited the restaurant I was surprised, the waiter (the restaurant owner) sat at your table and suggests what to order (there's no menu:) He will offer you only fresh fish, shrimp, shellfish .. now it would be best to try Istrian asparagus with eggs ... but my favorite is the Grilled scallops and Mussel stew with pasta... or Captain's Čripnja!

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

Fish fish fish ( although there is meat too) ! Great food and atmosphere, keep on going back when I do not want to experiment and go for a sure thing ! Good value for money. Food prepared on "ognjisce", (o:gneeshche), sort of Istrian fire place once upon a time used also for cooking. Food baked under metal bell, called "peka", p e:k a: is Astarea speciality. This is done in the the room where everybody eats and contributes to the great atmosphere and increases your appetite :-). Good wine list too and very decent house wine. Among other things had glorious cuttlefish which is in season at the moment.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Perfect food, perfect atmosfere, I love this place, Anton and his family are super and let you feel like a king. Try the baccala' mantecato, risotto black and the cappesante, they are the best ever.
Guten appetit!

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

You don't need 100 different spices to make a dish taste good. Here,its simply fish and seafood. Fresh, tasty.. REALLY tasty and for a fair price. The owners will make you feel at home and if you observe the gardelles closely, you may just learn how to make great fish yourself. We will most definitely return again and again!

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Thank VivianVivi
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

4 of us drove to Croatia for the weekend to celebrate Truffle Days in Livade. We stayed in Motovun. We ate (and drank) truffle everything, which was of course amazing. On the way home we stopped at the Konoba Astarea, a restaurant recommended by Rick Steve's. We had an enormous, absolutely delicious several course meal with heart regional foods: squid, shrimp, homemade fish pate and anchovies, black risotto with squid, salad, roasted vegetables and a huge Dorado cooked in a pot on the fire grill in the center of the restaurant. Nino and his wife Alma are the owners, and their kids help out. Nino pulls a chair up to your table and is able to chat in a few languages about what you're hungry for. He named so many things we finally just said to give us whatever he thought we'd like and we were not disappointed. The fish was so meaty, service excellent, wine, grappa and ice cream crepe for dessert. Lovely couple. We will definitely go back, by far my favorite restaurant of the entire weekend.

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1  Thank kimiha01
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