Gracanka-Kamanjo restaurant stands on a location in Gracani ever since 1965, and after it was taken over by the present owner and manager Goran Albini, he added his nickname Kamanjo to the old name Gracanka. This skillful chef who still leans most to the Dalmatian cuisine, has turned Gracanka into a place where you can eat well, choosing from the menu based on traditional home-made meals. Gracanka mostly has a constant well reputation, and it is best known for one of the best roast beefs in town and always fresh seafood, especially crab.
The menu and the wine list of Gracanka are refine. It is commendable that individual sections of the menu (like starters, meat or fish dishes) come with the recommendation of wines. The core of the offer are grilled meat and fish, home-made tagliatelle, gnocchi, risottos, and ready made dishes like pasticada.
This Sunday, in the romantic retro interior of Gracanka, we were first served a couvert consisting of tuna pâté and chick-peas on small breads, served with motra (seaweed that is currently a “must have” in all finer Croatian restaurants). We then had some excellent bolete soup, served in bread bowls. The meat plate with lamb patties, chicken kebabs, lamb and veal meatballs, served with potato halves, was routinely excellent, while the shrimp risotto was only average. The shrimp were big, fresh and delicious, but the risotto was rather tasteless. The Sunday’s lunch was complete with panna cotta in a forest fruit sauce and a chocolate mousse, although perhaps the right selection for a true autumn dessert would be pears boiled in wine with walnuts, or home-made apple pie, also on the menu. All in all, we were quite happy with the dessert.
Two musicians, playing relatively acceptable classics on violin and guitar, tried to enhance the atmosphere of the Sunday’s lunch. However, the atmosphere would have probably been better if they didn’t play right behind us and another full table.
The selection of wines is extensive, predominating are Croatian wines from Dalmatian and continental areas, with some Italian, French and Spanish wines.
Gracanka is not a cheap restaurant, so a little more perfectionism and invention would not cause any harm.
correct offer of traditional Mediterranean and continental cuisine
Gracanska cesta 48, 10 000 Zagreb
01 4617 555
11 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm
90 inside and 90 on the covered terrace
traditional home-made dishes