The Molo Lungo Restaurant is named as such becuse it is located on the very top of the pier (mol) that connects the centre of the city of Rijeka with the sea. It is situated on the second floor of a building, glazed from one to another end and, and decorated like a vintage ocean liner. It will delight you at first sight! And before you decide what to order, it is clear from the beginning that this will be fish, because the sea spreads all around you and you have an impression that you are on a secluded island.
Rijeka is the main city on the Croatian coastline and therefore it is proud of its fish recipes, which is also what the Molo Lungo has boasted since it started operation. This is a classical seafood restaurant where certainly you will also find of Fiorentine and steaks and even goulash from their trusted butcher, but almost everything is based on fresh fish, mussels, crabs and everything coming from the Adriatic Sea which you cannot stop looking at from your table.
For the starter, there is a choice of several soups, risottos and salads, but our choice was the prawn soup and a risotto mix. White risotto with prawn gently opened the day merging with Fakin Malvasia 2018 a bit better than the black risotto with cuttlefish. The black risotto is stronger and more serious, and as a garnish on top was the Mediterranean scallop, grilled and bathed in abundance of Buterin olive oil from around Zadar. Nice and serious, such that you certainly do not need the main course after this. The prawn soup was delicious, complex, strong dish with plenty of sweet and savory details, fine, not too dense, full of iodine and smell and taste of the sea. An excellent choice!
Thoughts about the last meal of the day will be forgotten the moment you smell the fish from the grill and the Molo Longo seafood platter, which they are most proud of because it faithfully captures what the people who are behind the restaurant would like you to remember about them, appears in front of you. Huge and colourful and diverse, the platter displayed small fish, the wild ones, but ones with a story. Along with the dentex, sea bream and the sole fish, it featured fried hake and monkfish sticks fried with almond slices and a couple of capelunge with the smell of the wood from the grill. All fish are grilled on charcoal and have that wonderful smell of Dalmatian herbs, underbrush and wood. The side dish was Swiss chard with potatoes, the bread was homemade, wet and perfectly oily with crispy crust. The drink served was fantastic Teran Arman 2012, which perfectly complemented the smoke and the taste of the sea with its aroma of blackberries. This was really enough to make one full up and enjoy in the best from the Adriatic.
Of many desserts, the attention is drawn to the strudel in a cup, a combination of apple, whipped cream, walnuts and ground biscuits for a great ending of a really wonderful meal. The Molo Lungo is not a fancy restaurant, everything there is moderate and steady, and the staff is so pleasant and polite that the same day you leave this beautiful city on the Adriatic coast, you immediately start planning another visit. Gently, not pretentiously, a value for money and a great view – pure delight for the memory of Rijeka.
Contact number: +385 51 301 917
Working hours: Every day from 10AM – 11PM, except Sundays.
Address: Riječki lukobran, Rijeka
Price range: 200-300kn