Restaurant Zlatna školjka is a great starting point for getting acquainted with the sunny island which is located near Split. Hidden in the undulating streets of the old city centre there’s a garden teeming with aromatic herbs, Dalmatian flower pots and grape vines that lean against the ancient walls. Rustic decor reflects the locals’ lifestyle and how tied they are with the sea that puts food on their tables. Human factor is the reason why Zlatna školjka effortlessly gets under the skin of guests from all over the world. The waiters speak perfect English, they’re passionate about what they do and they know their job. This is what sets Zlatna školjka apart from other restaurants.
Just like you’re being entertained by close friends (who are great cooks), they’ll let you in on the secrets of traditional dishes, patiently answer your questions on what has been caught on that very morning and tell you where the olive oil comes from. They will also guide you through the wine list and casually lace the conversation with interesting facts about the people or wine. Unobtrusive, yet brimming with spirit, they’ll also suggest a prior reservation for dishes not listed on the menu, such as the fresh sea urchin that’s served with a dash of lemon so you can have a taste of the sea.
The introduction to the feast is an illustration of how ingenious the chef is. Marinated tuna that’s chopped, served raw and melts in your mouth like the finest chocolate, as well as young cheese preserved in homemade olive oil are pleasures that need to be relished slowly. Lovers of slow cooking are in safe hands so they can choose from one of the degustation menus without even knowing what they’ll get. Because great surprises are what takes us back to childhood and brings us joy. It should be noted that there won’t be any awkward surprises if you’re allergic to gluten or lactose because the menu can be modified at your request. True foodies won’t miss out on the opportunity to visit Hvar and try the gregada.
This traditional fishermen’s dish needs several types of fish and a few shells. It’s best when you eat it with your fingers so forget about good manners. Feel free to use the irresistible homemade bread to dig into your plate full of seafood delicacies. In accordance with house recommendation, you should have the autochthonous wine Prč or Parč stemming from the island’s south side with your gregada. It was named after the local word for a ladies’ man. Every sip of this devilish wine that has a reputation for being aphrodisiac will seduce you with its casual taste.
Author of photography:Ivo Čagalj/PIXSELL
Contact number: 098/168-8797
Working hours: Monday - Sunday:12:00 -23:00 h
Address: Trg Tv. Petra Hektorovića 8; 21 460 Stari Grad
Price range: more than 300kn