2nd Blog in "The Life" Series
THE CULINARY LIFE Board your yacht in Rovinj in northern Croatia for the start of your north to south culinary tour! Start with the best! Rovinj is home to Monte, the first restaurant in the country to qualify for a Michelin star:
MONTE (http://www.monte.hr/) On top of the hill of the old town, next to the church, Monte is a modern restaurant with an elegant setting wherein ancient stone ruins mix with modern culinary delights. A taxi can be taken to the parking lot on the opposite side of the church and is recommended for individuals who may find it daunting to climb to the top of the hill.
WINE VAULT (http://www.winevault.com.hr/en/) This restaurant is offering traditional French and Mediterranean specialties and the widest choice of wines in Croatia (550 labels). It is located at the Rovinj's luxury boutique Monte Mulini hotel, surrounded by the beautiful Lone Bay and the Zlatni Rt Forest Park, and just a ten-minute walk along the seafront to Rovinj's town center.
Cruise peacefully down to Zadar, the 2016 European Destination of the Year and sample at least these two noted restaurants:
This distinguished and stylish fish restaurant has a sophisticated modern design and a personal and romantic feel. It is located on a wonderful terrace on the little Foša harbour next to the city walls. The restaurant successfully combines age-old Dalmatian trends and modern trends in its architecture, interior decoration, and gastronomy.
KORNAT http://www.restaurant-kornat.hr/en/ Delightfully modern and refined with a classy offering of inland and Dalmatian specialties and a great wine list, this place is really in a class of its own in the Old Town. The attractively furnished interior is also a gallery; and the exquisite Mediterranean and international cuisine is served in a closed terrace with views of the Zadar harbour.
Continue your charter towards Hvar, the most popular and most beautiful island in Croatia, to enjoy:
GIAXA (http://www.giaxa.com/) The Giaxa manages to follow the newest trends in world cuisine while maintaining the authenticity of traditional island cuisine preparing meals using local fare.
GARIFUL (http://hvar-gariful.hr/) Gariful is the most exclusive restaurant on the waterfront of the stunning town of Hvar. The restaurant’s specialty is fish, all locally sourced. Check its underground aquarium and select your own luscious lobster.
Now lets continue island hopping, very easy to do on this charter, on your way south and start on St. Klement Island of the Pakleni Island archipelago with:
PALMIŽANA MENEGHELLO and TOTO’S BEACH (http://www.palmizana.hr/)
The owners of Palmižana Meneghello and Toto’s Beach Restaurant continue the rich traditions of taste, quality and aesthetics which their ancestors imprinted on them. Nearly every yachtie sailing the Southern Adriatic comes back to enjoy their local specialties and fine island wines amidst stunning settings overlooking the Vinogradišće bay.
ZORI (http://www.zori.hr/) This family-owned and run restaurant has gained a prestigious and regular clientele from all over the world. Top quality ingredients, best cooking practices, and a refined, minimalist presentation of each and every dish are the key features of the Mediterranean cuisine of chef Iva Tomlinović.
Croatia is a leading nautical destination because of her thousands of striking islands, mostly uninhabited, and all beautiful. So continue your charter to the Korčula archipelago and dine deliriously in either of these well regarded restaurants:
LEŠIĆ DIMITRI (http://www.lesic-dimitri.com/) The Lešić Dimitri Restaurant serves a creative menu of seasonal, fresh, local and organic produce from breakfast through to dinner; offering al fresco dining with captivating views across the Pelješac channel and the Korčula archipelago.
KONOBA MATE (http://www.konobamate.hr/tablet/index.html) Slightly off the main Korčula-Vela Luka road in the hillside village of Pupnat, is this popular, family-run find. Ingredients are grown on-site. The pršut ham comes from the smokehouse behind the terrace; the pastas (such as the goats’ cheese ravioli) are hand-rolled and sun-dried, and the lamb and pork are cooked under the peka lid. The pašticada, a slow-cooked roast swimming in plums and sweet wine, is excellent.
One more stop before you disembark in Dubrovnik, the magnificent Elafiti Islands. Start on Kolocep island for Villa Ruža, then try the new and celebrated Bowa on island Šipan:
VILLA RUŽA (http://www.villaruza.com/restaurantloungebar) Sip your favourite cocktail in the shadow of a hundred year old laurel tree in a most relaxing atmosphere of this stylish and sophisticated lounge bar. Villa Ruža Old City Bistro serves Mediterranean cuisine. The amazing dishes are prepared in a modern but unique way by a young chef who developed his skills and creativity working with Michelin Star chefs, and who gained experience working as chef on yachts around the Mediterranean.
BOWA (https://www.bowa-dubrovnik.com/) Bowa is passionate about creating essential Mediterranean food that’s just as good for your body as it is for your taste buds. You will be served the daily catch of fresh fish; hand-picked vegetables; fruit from their garden; and home-made Sipan island olive oil. The menu is a nostalgic tribute to the days when summers were spent with grandparents. It’s a very traditional, Dubrovnik Mediterranean restaurant – always fresh, and with highest quality ingredients.
No charter anywhere near the Adriatic Sea would not include a stop at the Pearl of the Adriatic, the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is increasingly attractive to the worlds fine cuisine gourmands. Try:
360° (http://360dubrovnik.com/) For the ultimate Dubrovnik experience pay a visit to Restaurant 360°. The restaurant, set within the great walls of Dubrovnik, overlooks the port with stunning views and a stylish atmosphere. At 360° you’ll find creatively presented food, an extraordinary wine cellar and lounge bar, top class service, and a luxurious ambiance that will leave you simply amazed.
PANORAMA (http://www.inyourpocket.com/dubrovnik/Panorama_89243v) The restaurant Panorama offers some of the most beautiful views on the Adriatic coast, located by the upper cable car station on Srđ Hill. The view that stretches from the restaurant (from Cavtat to the Elafiti Islands) is simply breathtaking. The Panorama offers an innovative taste of fine Mediterranean cuisine. You may choose from a variety of superior domestic and foreign wines, refreshing cocktails, and homemade ice cream and desserts.
All good 'charters' must end but do plan to return next year! And next week tune in as we continue the series Why Charter a Yacht in Croatia!