From Italy we caught another ferry across to Split then over to Hvar, a beautiful island on the Dalmatian Coast.
Early sunday morning I meander into town. A leisurely 15 minute walk along the bluest water I had ever seen.
I pull up a seat and order my cappucinos, one after the next. Watching the goings on of the local folk.
Hvar is a tourist destination, but we had shown up just at the beginning of off season, meaning the town was quiet, and mostly only locals remained. I love people watching. I especially love people watching in foreign countries.
My first brunch in town was at a cafe in the main square. I ordered a burger. I really love burgers. Of course burgers are a gamble, there are alot of horrible burgers about.
For dinner I had checked out tripadvisor for recommendations and the overwhelming number one choice was 'Dalmatino'.
We arrived and were the only diners in the beautiful outdoor seating area.
We sat and ordered our wine and our wonderful waiter brings a complimentary apertif, a local speciality.
As you may have read from my previous posts, this trip octopus has been popping up over and over on menus and I still am yet to make my mind up on how much I actually like it.
The flavours were definitely there- super fresh and full of pow.
This was an interesting dish, but I STILL don't know if I like octopus.
For our main we order the chateau briand for 2. Fantastic value at around £27.
The presentation wasn't the best, but the meal itself was wonderful.
The chips were far too soggy for me, but J said he loved them. He commented continually that they had the most wonderful roast potato flavour.
The sides of courgette (zucchini) and red peppers went beautifully and knobs of herbed butter partnered perfectly with the meat.
A creamy white sauce was also included and was delicious.
This aside, the dining experience was simply wonderful. Professional, polite service in a beautiful yet casual setting.
We came back again towards the end of the week. This will be a separate post.
Our next dinner was at a wonderfully nautical restaurant called Captain Cod.
For entree we share a main of calamari.
When ordering a seafood pasta, you never really know what you will get. It may be in a tomato or cream sauce, it could just have a handful of shrimp and not much else. My expectations are always high, but generally never realised. On this occasion, Captain Cod came through.
Unfortunately the service was so-so at best, and my dinner guest's fish was bland-at-best.
This restaurant could have been great but were let down in more than one area.
We discovered, just down from our apartment a wonderful beachside bar called Falko's. The owner and main waiter were friendly and hilarious, the drinks cheap, and the simple menu of sandwiches, salads and wraps were perfect for a brunch or light lunch.
My club sandwich.
Local olives always came with the meals and were fantastic.
On our second-to-last day we take a boat ride over to Parmigiana Island. An virtually uninhabited (at this time of year) island paradise.
After some exploring and swimming we stop in for lunch.
Every single mouthful bringing me closer and closer to tears of extacy. I wish I knew what made this dish so incredible, it's simplicity? Wonderful ingredients? I don't know what made it so perfect exactly. But it was... just... perfect.
After all this food, we paid our bill and had a bit of a relax, sunbake and swim to aid digestion.
Then came back for dessert...
Oh is there anything better than cutting into a fondant and seeing that beautiful chocolate lava flow out?
I had no idea what to expect from Croatia, but I have left kowing that it is now one of my all time favourite destinations.
I will be back.