I went a few times, so the mix of pictures will look both good (lunch!) and terrible (dinner! outside! in the dark!). Overall, the food was great, with a few standouts, a few misses, and one really bad experience. Ooh, suspense…
First off, the drinks:
My favorite drink, though, was the homemade ginger ale. I haven’t really drunk soda since I was in 3rd grade, but stuff like this isn’t really soda. It was simple and not sweet, which is great, and it was really refreshing and gingery.
We also tried pretty much every single local fruit liquor on the menu. They were all pretty good, and I hate alcohol. The more it tastes like fruit, the better. I think the one in the picture was rhubarb, or fennel. I could be making that up. We drank a lot of them.
As for the food, Nishta has a self-serve salad bar! You pay for your size bowl, and then fill it with abandon. You can top it with the regular salad bar stalwarts like cucumbers, sunflower seeds, and cabbage, but also with marinated green beans, quinoa, sautéed eggplant, and freaking Indian food! It was all pretty good. Such interesting salad bar toppings! They also have a varied selection of healthy sounding salad dressings and oils, but with all the flavors going on in my salad, I didn't have to use any.
The appetizers on the menu are more interesting, and overall very tasty. We tried the samosas, which had a thicker crust than is common, almost like a pie crust. I didn’t love the orange sauce they came with, but they were spiced well (and a bit spicy) and good enough on their own. The samosas come with a side of cucumber raita, so don’t eat that, or ask for it without.
My favorite entrée for lunch was the barley lentil veggie burger. First of all, it looked amazing, on this crazy big flatbread folded over into a bun. But it was also delicious. The cole slaw was light and cool, the sweet potato fries not crispy but fine, and the homemade ketchup was a nice touch.
For dinner, we ordered two wildly different types of pasta. Not usually able to turn down raw food in restaurants, I chose the raw gnocchi al pesto.
The desserts at Nishta are pretty good too:
Aside from that mishap (which luckily I didn’t get sick from), the overall experience at Nishta was great. If it was a restaurant in Philly, or New York, I’d probably choose to go elsewhere most of the time, but it’s in freaking Croatia. Go, go again, and enjoy.
- Water speed: Had glass bottles on the table, ready for me. And they were replaced fairly quickly.
- Bathrooms: It’s a little tight, but it’s humorously decorated. You’ll see!
- Service: Overall, fine. It gets crowded, and busy.
- Food: Mostly great! Mostly vegan! Yee hah!
- Bonus: The décor and all the little touches are adorable. You get your receipt in a cute little box with a stone that says 'Thanks!' on it. So cute. And did I mention vegan food?