Food Travel in Croatia – Restaurant Branimir in Nin and the Šokol of Nin

Branimir is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Croatia. It is located in the traditional, beautifully restored medieval building just opposite the World’s smallest cathedral – St Križ (Saint Cross) in Nin.

Entrance to the restaurant and the cathedral
Entrance to the restaurant and the cathedral

The interior has been carefully restored according to all the rules of the trade and the conservationists.The original structure has been preserved and some interesting details incorporated: the Roman relief of wine grapes and the founding stone of the Venetian walls! The Venetians wanted to protect the newly conquered Nin in the year 1371 so they have built the city walls. The founding stone was long gone and quite damaged when found but the year is clearly visible.

The interior has been divided into two parts – covered “terrace” than can be enclosed with large windows. The second part is a small tavern – decorated with historic details like swords and 19th century paintings provides a great atmosphere of the centuries that passed by.

The terrace
The "terrace"
The interior
The interior

The restaurant specializes in peka and other traditional meals but one of the dishes that is particular to this very region is Šokol. Most of the people outside the region haven’t ever hear about it but it is a delicacy of great potential!

The šokol exhibition in Nin - usually early in August
The šokol exhibition in Nin - usually early in August

Šokol, like kulen, is a type of flavored sausage made of minced pork that is traditionally produced in Croatia, Slavonija region, and it’s designation of origin has been protected. Although kulen was produced in other parts of Croatia as well, the traditions are long gone.
To preserve šokol, local tourist office started a yearly Šokolijada fair where local families present their šokols for a review and contest. The receipies are jealously guarded and kept within a family! One part of the taste is that meat is kept in sea water! Other than that, I know only that the some šokols I have tasted were absolutely the most fantastic sausages/salamis ever!

Branimir restaurant and šokol is a great combination!

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