We went to LD after debating whether or not to go, after reading the mixed reviews on Tripadvisor about them. Found out later that the more negative reviews date up until last summer, and that apparently there is now a new chef at work at LD that has led to major improvements. We inquired at the restaurant the day before to make a reservation but also because one of us is vegetarian, and while there are some vegetarian dishes on the menu we were hoping the chef could make something special. The staff was very friendly and courteous, and went to ask the chef about the options, and told us our request would be accommodated. So next day we had a great place on the beautiful outside terrace, overlooking the sea and under a tree.
The food was lovely and very well presented. As a starter one of us had the adriatic scallops on medallions of polenta with a garlic foam and beetroot mousse. The earthy flavour of the beetroot combined wonderfully with the soft seataste of the scallops, completed by the creamy garlic of the mousse -not too pungeant, just right. Veggie starter was a salad with cheese/curd, which was good, fresh, but not very inspiring. As main one of us had the tuna fillet with a tomatorelish and two sauces, with carrot straw and a small parmazan pastry. Again, lovely. The garnishes fitted the meaty tuna wonderfully, and the tuna was fresh and seared, and done as asked. Veggie main was a risotto with vegetables covered in parmazan foam. The taste was a little bland, as we are used to rather salty risottos, while this one was very creamy -with a nutty flavour with clear hints of nutmeg. Bit of salt solved that problem. The rice was perfectly cooked, soft, not mushy, perfect. Then came desserts..... jummy! We really enjoyed them, we ordered the chocolate fondant-lava cake, a pretty chocolate-colored pastry and when cut the warm shiny chocolate came running out, mmmm. Not an easy thing to make in a busy kitchen. It came with vanilla icecream. But the second dessert really had us: at LD they call it chocolate cake, but to us it was much more than that. A concoction of figs, plums, nuts, hazelnuts left overnight in red wine, cooked till the fluid was gone, baked in a tin and covered with thick layer of dark chocolate. Combined with bitter orange sauce and some fresh citrusslices. It was absolutely amazing and a perfect ending of a lovely dinner.
The food we had was paired by great wines. We had a bottle of posip by Grgic , a crisp and smooth wine, combined particularly well with the scallops. With the desserts we had dessert wine called Amber that combined six, i believe, varieties of grapes, and more fantastically: a glass of icewine recommended with the chocolate and orange cake. It was a great tasting glass of wine, and went so well with the orange!
All of this cost us exactly 1000 kn which in our opinion is reasonable for the tasty food we had, even though it is expensive by Croatian standards. But what made it even more worth the money was the outstanding service that we received by one of the waiters who's name is Andrija.
What really sets LD apart from the other establishments on Korcula is for one the food, that is finer and more carefully composed. But the main thing might actually be the quality of the staff. There is a lot of staff waiting on the tables outside, and every table is waited upon by one waiter, which facilitates communication and advise.
Andrija was very knowledgable about the wines, the stories behind the winemakers and the food, and local produce. Not only does he know his stuff, he is also a clear enthusiast about food and drink, and that shows. Furthermore we perceived him as a very friendly and courteous man, with whom we also had a laugh. Conversation was very pleasant and relaxed, while all the time, Andrija stayed professional and courteous -a fine line.
All in all fine food, great views and location but above all superb staff! Highly recommended.
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