This is an expensive restaurant; it doesn't have any outside dining area; it had been recommended to me by 2 people, so I went to check it out.
As we entered, the owner (I presume, or possibly the manager but, if so, with a rather annoyingly superior attitude) greeted us with a perfunctory 'you want to eat?' - and then laughed at his own razor wit, before wheeling away to attend to some other diners.
I began to feel uncomfortable.
There was one table occupied, which the same man was attending to with some of the same type of self-satisfied flourish.
A polite waiter came to seat us and took our order for a glass of wine and some water, but looked askance when we asked to see the menu.
The first man returned to deal with our impertinence in wishing to see a menu, and rather grandly explained that what he had that day was xyz, for a cost of some 450 kuna (I think it was, certainly at least 400), basically pasta and then 3 types of raw fish.
We decided that we didn't like the atmosphere or the price and left (and I will separately review the excellent place we found in its stead).
To be fair to them, they refused payment for the glass of wine, bread and water, but then again it was done in a sort of 'we are far too important and rich to dirty ourselves by talking about such trivial sums of money'. Relating this made me question whether I should perhaps feel a tad guilty, but no: I wanted to pay, they specifically wouldn't deal with it.
But now, as I have finished reviewing this place, let me shine some light on this particular form or snobbery, which I sadly see more and more of in Croatia.
It often goes like this: "fresh in today and not on the menu we have some sea bass/sea bream/dorado, etc., we can cook it anyway you like it".
You order it. It's delicious.
Then the bill comes and you find that you were charged €50 for a quite small fish. And by then you can't complain because it wasn't on the menu.
(BTW, our 'counter measure' is to only order from the menu now, to deny them this little rip-off trick.)
The other bit of silliness I've started to come across is the "we have such fine food that we don't expect to discuss the price" type of nonsense. In other words, either you're a really rich and therefore worthwhile person, and you don't tarnish yourself with small talk about the cost of eating, or you are a nobody because you are interested in the price.
I detest this type of BS, and it is sad to see it becoming more widely practiced in Croatia than was the case a few years ago. And if you are truly interested in Croatian gastronomy, which is one of its greatest (and unsung) tourism assets, then head away from the tourist towns: the more genuine establishments are off the beaten track, where you never find this type of attitude.
Too much tourism spoils the locals, unfortunately.
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