What a fantastic place. After a short taxi ride from Split, you arrive to an assuming house in the middle of Stobrec, and go downstairs into a cozy lower ground floor restaurant. The ambiance is very pleasant--around 5-6 tables (seating max 25-30 people) in a room with wood-panelled walls dotted with a selection of old maritime memorabilia (old maps, compasses, ship instruments). As the owner put it--"we don't have a sea view, so the food just needs to be superb."
And it was indeed. The owner picked the dishes for us based on what was caught today. First we had a tuna carpaccio, which was excellent. Following that, there was a selection of authentic Dalmatian wild shells, each one presented in a different way. After that came the "clam risotto" in the form of rice noodles instead of rice, which was fantastic. Then came the fillet of local fish. We finished with a desert of pancakes with berries. All of this was complemented by some excellent Croatian red wine from the Peljesac peninsula.
Without exaggeration: the food rivals the best restaurants in New York or London--both in terms of flavor as well as presentation. And with a restaurant so small, the service is impeccable. You will often get served by the owner himself, and if you want to chat to him about anything, you can. The atmosphere is laid back and intimate.
As the Michelin guide would put it--worth a detour.
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