Mala hiža is certainly the best restaurant in Hilly Croatia. It is located at the approach to Čakovec, close to the Hungarian border, in a Hansel and Gretel house. The food at Mala hiža is hearty, modernly rustic, very seasonal, and somewhat overrated. Along with a series of local ingredients, such as many forest mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and oil, zander and venison, it is interesting that Mala hiža now procures American beef, and therefore has quite a respectable steak list. The cooking in this well-run family restaurant is still, unfortunately, somewhat imprecise, while the overloaded menu becomes too lost: why would anybody, in a large national restaurant based on local ingredients, want to eat a chicken stir-fry?