Michelin recommendation

Mario Erceg
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Secluded squares and lovely galleries beckoning passers-by to have a glimpse of Hvar’s tradition are the reasons why tourists flock to Stari Grad. In addition to that, restaurants preserving memories of original flavours make an excellent springboard for getting to know the island’s customs so that’s exactly what we decided to do. In search of good food and the best front-row seats to enjoy sunsets, we headed to the end of the riva (waterfront). The house now occupied by restaurant Apolon is a part of Hvar’s heritage and used to be a summer house with the best location in the city. Maestral wind that cools the scorchingly hot stone, a view of yachts and boats with the waves smashing against them and the last rays of sunlight on the restaurant’s stage make an ideal backdrop for exploring local gastronomy.

We found a table at the spacious terrace and delved into the menu with head chef’s specialties bearing special designations. Notwithstanding the high summer temperatures, we decided to start with the shrimp soup – and we hit the bull’s-eye. The scents of the sea and aromatic herbs for a Mediterranean mosaic of flavour without ingredients that don’t fit into Hvar’s culinary tale. As per the hosts’ recommendation, if you’re too hot to have the soup, you can choose from tuna tartare or octopus à la chef. Shellfish such as warty venus and scallops caught our attention, too.

Pašticada is the unrivalled king of Dalmatian meat delicacies and every household prepares it in its own special way. The Hvar rendition is special. It’s distinguished by pronounced acids that counterbalance the racy sauce and meat laced with vegetables and pancetta. Apolon’s Pašticada has a structure, but it’s tender enough to cut it using a fork and it’s served with homemade gnocchi. And not just any gnocchi! They’re tender enough to soak up the meat juices, yet “tough” – just wonderful! Drizzle them with just a few drops of olive oil presented at your table and you’re in for a sensation. Given that we’re in Hvar, it’s recommended to have wines the island is proud of and that means it’s best to go for red and consider the very best labels that merit attention. The latter is corroborated both by connoisseurs and wine beginners who will fall in love as soon as they have the first sip.

Dalmatian prosecco is the best combination with homemade cakes. If you’re not accustomed to having dessert wines, don’t be deceived the name because prosecco bears no relation to Italian prosecco, but it’s worth every drop. Should you be too full to relish the sponge cake and chocolate wonderfulness, you can opt for a lighter alternative and have a refreshing ice cream.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 021/778-320; 091/1778-320

Web: www.apolon.hr/

E-mail: info@apolon.hr

Working hours: MON - SUN: 7:00 - 00:00

Region: Dalmatia-Split

Address: Šetalište Don Šime Ljubića 7, Stari Grad, Hvar

Capacity: 76

Price range: 200-300kn

Restaurant description:

Restaurant Apolon will fulfill all your expectations and provide extraordinary flavours in comfortable atmosphere of Mediterranean design, warm colours and relaxing music. Their culinary team is especially proud of their modern and versatile menu, but also the fact that all their tasty meals are made exclusively from fresh ingredients.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommendation Michelin Guide 2018.
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