However, since living in Istria, I’ve learned a great deal about fish. It started with gourmet festivals (much easier than actually studying it). A region of northwest Istria is particularly active in local festivals celebrating seasonal ingredients. This is how I learned that the best time to eat shellfish is in March, scampi in May, tuna in September, sole fish in November, and calamari in December.
I’ve also learned that during the summer months, especially from June through mid-August, there is a fishing moratorium on many local fish. A-ha, I bet you haven’t known this. Not that all fish are under this moratorium, but many are. So as long as you do your homework, you stick with small oily fish, lobsters, calamari, or more expensive dentex fish, or red scorpion fish you should be fine ordering your fish in Croatia in July.
Sole Fish Days: What to expect
Back to the Sole Fish Days. This is already a seventh consecutive year that this flatfish is celebrated in northwest Istria. Throughout November, local restaurants offer specially designed menus highlighting sole fish. As many as 15 restaurants participate in this celebration.
Last year we went to the restaurant Nono, and had a multiple course menu based on sole fish. We tasted sole fish carpaccio, ravioli pasta stuffed with prawns, with chicory and sole fillet, rolled sole fillet stuffed with shrimps on fennel, and an awesome dessert (surprisingly, not containing sole fish) – chocolate lava cake with ginger. Absolutely yummy!
This year we plan on visiting restaurants San Rocco and Bujština. You can check all participating restaurants here, and choose your favorites.
For a three to four course menu with wine expect to pay around 30€ per person.
We hope to see you in northwest Istria in November.