The meal and experience are one in a million. The restaurant is located in old Podstrana about 1 mile vertically up from the beach. The road going up there reminds me of Lombard St. in San Fransisco only this is 1mile long. When you arrive at the house/farm, you are taken to the cooking barn where your meal has been prepared several hours in advance. Most people order peka which is of the most popular meals in Dalmatia. Its a blend of vegetables and meat drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with herbs, and then covered with hot coals to slow cook it under a bell-like dome, or ispod čripnje, for 12 hours. This traditional method slowly cooks so the meat falls off the bone but it also creates a vaccum within the bell. (see the following link for more about the bell : http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/croatian-cooking-ispod-cripnje) We had excellent veal that melted in your mouth. You can also get octopus or other meats.
Our family was taken to the front of the house to a porch that over looks one of the most impressive views of the coast I could ever imagine. We stayed at a house in Postrana with an incredible view of the bay. But when your perched way up the mountain, a huge expanse of the Dalmation coastline becomes visible. Everyone started taking photos when the sun set because it was so incredible.
The meal starts with appetizers - their own ham and cheese. All of the vegetables came fresh from their garden. My wife got a tour of the garden because she couldn't believe that they were growing chard that we were eating. Of course, the highlight was the huge family style dinner - for us it was succulent veal and potatoes. The meal ended with crepes and ice cream for the kids.
Some people could view the following as drawbacks to this experience - Its not easy to get to and without GPS hard to find for the signs are small and hidden. The meal was not cheap - 18,000 Kn for appetizers, meat, desert, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for 10 people; however, its an experience that we will never for get. You have to order your meal a day a head and you have to choose one main meat item for the table. The web site is in Croatian and, right now, you have to call to make a reservation. However the staff was very kind and spoke excellent English. I'm sure they will have an email address soon to make reservations with.
If you want a fancy, elegant meal, I would recommend eating at the Le Meridian or a restaurant along the harbor. If you want real Croatian food with an amazing experience to boot, I would recommend eating at Konoba Argola.
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