Cobbled street outside with romantic subdued lighting - tick
A beautiful courtyard - yes tick
Lovely orange trees hanging above your head - tick
Firstly can I pre-empty this review by clarifying we both know about food and cook every day and have traveled the world - food is our passion and we are open minded to try anything.
So Paladini- after a considerable wait, the waiter eventually approached our table. We had a heavy day of travel I asked if in the first instance he could bring some bread, olives and two glasses of wine (we were very hungry)…this seemed to both confuse and annoy him. He reluctantly agreed, but our prompt request seemed to irritate him…the fake welcome smile subsided into irritation...mediocre wine arrived, followed by stale bread, and a healthy lashing of attitude from the waiter.
The olives materialised, 20 minutes later, but only after having to ask a second time, they were not worth waiting for. I could buy better olives in a cheap Scottish supermarket, they were inedible and stale, with a faint aroma of fish. I ate one
The waiter then brought a tray of fresh fish to tempt our palette, this too was a sad display of (stale)fruits from the Adriatic….the fish had the tell tale grey cataract eyes - I’m sure as you know, this is an indicator that they are not fresh…further more there was a farmed trout on the plate, with a large hole in its gill plate, where clearly a growth or mutation of some sort had been cut out by the chef…
We were lacking confidence so ordered two starters, fried shrimp and Dalmation ham….how could they get that wrong….they did. The shrimp was dry and tasted stale and re-heated…the ham had a strange taste. Go to Ivo’s deli in the Fruit market and you will taste exquisite hams and cheeses…home cured…The ham offered by this restaurant was a disgrace.
Fed up and disappointed, we asked for the bill. The waiter noticing none of our starters had been eaten asked if everything was ok, but in a defensive and somewhat conflictual manner. I said no, we were’t happy and politely asked, was he prepared to reduce our bill accordingly. The waiter went off to speak to the manager, and then the manager and two other waiters staring over at our table, more dirty looks, we were eventually asked to pay the full amount..no apology was offered for this terrible dining experience.
A shameful and tired restaurant, rude staff and tasteless food. In the 7 days around Croatia, the only bad meal we experienced, and we ate in everything from small tavernas to expensive restaurants. Paladini is a candidate for Gordon Ramsay and trades on the location and beautiful courtyard. If you want good food go to Divino and Giaxa..service and food were wonderful.
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