Every week The Dubrovnik Times goes to new levels for your pleasure. This time it’s all about culinary pleasure. We have scoured the menus of Dubrovnik to bring you our favourites. And not only did we just research the menus we have gone that extra step and tasted the food in advance for you...its hard work but someone has to do it. This week I spread my wings a little to the stunning bay of Slano and the Restaurants Perast.
“Wow, now this is a great spot to dine” I commented to the waiter as he brought me a gin & tonic (with orange peel, red pepper and rosemary) as an appetizer. Located in the spanking new ACI Marina in Slano the Perast Restaurant has a nautical feel. As the sun glinted off the Adriatic, a few metres in front of me, and the yachts bobbed I felt at right at home. Gin downed, time to start! I am a fan of short menus. You just know that the food will be fresh and that the chef has had to work harder to create it. Beef Carpaccio seemed like a great place to start as I already had my eye on the main course. A huge serving, basically for two, landed on the table. Pink and fresh beef on a bed of rocket salad with pine nuts and a generous sprinkling of balsamic vinegar = heaven!
“Our olive oil is sourced locally and made just for us,” proudly said the waiter, and glancing down at the label I saw it had picked up a handful of medals for quality. Relaxed and with a true Mediterranean feel is probably the best way to describe Perast, but I would also add with a touch of class. Onto the main course and I had picked this out early on – slow cooked lamb shank with braised potatoes. And it is really slow cooked and totally delicious, honestly one of the best lamb shanks I have ever tried (and I have devoured a few).
It was a tough choice as the menu is extremely tempting – sea bass, grilled squid, ribeye steak, duck leg on potato puree, I could go on but I am getting hungry again. There is a problem with Perast, the food is so good and the view so calming that you just won’t want to leave. And if you have children you may not have to leave for a long time anyway. As almost uniquely the restaurant has a swimming pool right next to it that is open for restaurant guests.
So let the wine and the good times flow. I certainly won’t be a stranger at Perast.