Friday 5 August 2016

Hvaranin, Ban Mladenova, Split, Croatia

Although Hvaranin doesn't look very appealing, it must be one of Split's best traditional restaurants. Try not to be put off by the unpromising plastic menus with blurred naff photos. The food is actually very good. For starters, the octopus salad (80 kuna), the prosciutto (60 kuna) and the anchovies and prawn salad (70 kuna) are all fresh and delicious, while the seafood risotto (80 kuna), packed with shellfish, and the squid ink risotto are both very tasty, if a little salty.  Even the pork chops and chips are surprisingly good, while the house white is pretty drinkable (100 kuna for a bottle). Moreover, there are a handful of outside tables that are well placed for people watching. Service is welcoming, even though Split can be awash with tourists. 8/10