Located in Williamstown, one of Melbourne’s most historical and picturesque suburbs, Ragusa is a family-run Croatian restaurant. Santos Chhetri’s dishes draw inspiration from the food of the Eastern European and Mediterranean countries close to Croatia. The bustling restaurant is a striking heritage-listed building with a number of high-ceilinged rooms. It can accommodate intimate parties and large groups at the same time.
An unusual cuisine on the Australian scene, the Croatian dishes largely focus on seafood. Punjene lignje (stuffed baby calamari) is an interesting and generously portioned dish. Hoods of calamari are filled with spiced rice and placed on a bed of ratatouille-like diced vegetables. Ribarska popara is a traditional seafood stew filled with juicy prawns, pipis, mussels, calamari and fish. The stew’s nourishing tomato-based soup has subtle hints of paprika and chilli, while polenta soaks up the beautiful sauce.
PSST! Save room for one of the scrumptious Croatian desserts, such as knedle – plum dumplings with plum sauce and sour cream.