I decided to spend a few extra Kuna and try out the smart Langusto restaurant.
My package was half board and the main restaurant is a very large and somewhat noisy series of self service buffets with a huge variety of choices and one really can have as much as you can eat. The quality is pretty good too for mass produced food which might be feeding a several hundred people in an evening, but I wanted to see what the hotel’s a la carte service might manage.
The Langusto is on a separate floor above the main dining room. The indoor part of the restaurant with it’s lobster tanks was empty and there were just a few tables occupied outside on the moonlight terrace. The tables were well spaced and there was a very tranquil atmosphere outside with tasteful background music offering privacy for most conversations.
Service very languid, perfect for a date or long evening of conversations with friends, Less appropriate for single diners and I did feel a bit abandoned at times, despite there being two staff on duty but generally the terrace was entirely unattended except for when they were delivering or collecting dishes. It made it hard to just catch someone’s eye, but I guess none of us could have felt intruded upon or hurried!
After choosing from a suprisingly limited menu, I chose the set four course menu at 150 HRK I was brought a basket of home made breads: an olive bread and walnut bread served with a lemon butter. The were both very nice and the butter complemented each style well.
My appetizer was a trio of dishes: finely sliced fennel and anchovies, a single prawn on a bed of lettuce and something else I wasn’t too clear about. Lighting wasn’t great (candle light) and it wasn’t particularly distinctive.
The next course was described as a "Delicate Fish consommé" which I thought was perhaps a euphemism for under seasoned fish stock with julienne of fresh vegetables which had been cut far too long to comfortably eat and I didn’t feel inclined to try and take a knife and fork to my soup! This might be something the chef would like to consider in future.
The main course was a nice crispy sea bass fillet on a bed of spinach and squid (a bit tough). This dish was both rich and flavoursome but I could find no sign of the advertised accompanying capers.
Dessert: ricotta cheesecake had everything thrown artfully at it, a toffee sauce with highly acid blackberries, a fresh fig, a scattering of sultanas, a few blueberries in creme anglaise, the baked cheesecake was garnished with a mint leaf. Visually it looked impressive, but lacked cohesion and left one feeling a bit gaudy, and unimpressed. The flavours didn’t quite come together for me.
I thought the meal represented value for money and provided an interesting alternative to the main dining room, but one visit there was probably enough for me to go alon e.
My overall impression of the staff at the hotel is generally very high. Whilst it’s true some of the male waiters might have smiled a bit more, this is the Balkans after all and smiling isn’t central to the culture here as it is in other parts of the world. But leaving that aside “Your welcome" was the most commonly used English phrase, I heard virtually all the time. I got the distinct impression that the staff appreciated that we were on holiday and wanted you to have a good time, enjoy yourself and rate the hotel well on TripAdvisor! The Lacroma is currently 7th in the league of hotels on Tripadvisor, which for a place this size, is I think damn good and well deserved.
My major criticism is that the Wifi coverage is very poor and erratic. Even 3G was poor.
As somewhere which sets itself as a major international convention centre this is something that needs attention as in this day and age, fast, efficient an reliable Wifi is necessary. It was good to find it was free though! Thanks for that!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dubrovnik's flagship business and leisure hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, the proud recipient of the prestigious 2013, 2015 and 2016 World Travel Award as "Croatia's Leading Hotel" and the 2014, 2015 and the 2016 World Travel Award as "Croatia's Leading Business Hotel", is located on the tranquil Babin Kuk peninsula, surrounded by pine tree forests and soothing white pebble beaches. Renowned for its fusion of nature and state of the art facilities, the hotel offers ultra modern rooms and suites, the largest MICE facilities in the area, memorable gastronomic experiences in its gourmet restaurant, a wine bar terrace with panoramic views of the Elaphiti Islands and an abundance of activities to let you create a perfectly balanced holiday in Croatia with an added touch of luxury. ... more less
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