Restaurant Dvor is the new flagship of the Split gastronomic scene. The location near the sea, above the beach, a favourite local gathering place, gives a country atmosphere of summer and vacation. The century-old garden in the courtyard of an old Split villa contributes to this atmosphere, as indicated by the name of the restaurant. The garden on different levels gives a special atmosphere and intimacy to the setting of the tables. The new chef of the restaurant is one of the best Croatian chefs, Hrvoje Zirojević the Gault&Millau Croatia chef of the year 2019. He started working in Dvor this year, after working for 8 years in the legendary restaurant Laganini, on Palmižana near Hvar. As before, all of his dishes are carefully designed, fresh and attractive. Once again, we were delighted by tuna cannellone, the most popular appetizer with Zirojević’s signature. A roll of precisely cut thin tuna fillet stuffed with foie gras ganache, with cherry tomatoes also stuffed with goose liver, decorated with micro salads and flowers is a perfect interpretation of mari e monti (sea and mountains) cuisine that combines sea and continental ingredients. A small piece of the cannellone is also served as a part of the dish called Tris, which contains as well an excellent tuna tartare and the Bajadera, a medallion of pâté texture from reduced broth. In such different compositions all the raw materials are well stacked and very tasty. You can see it in the beetroot gazpacho, a cold cream decorated as a work of art that will especially delight vegetarians. We could not resist another chef’s signature dish, a risotto with smoked oysters and shrimp with five types of cheese ice cream. Creamy, al dente, with extraordinary aromas and flavours, it was undoubtedly the best dish with gregada, the fish stew with a strong taste and no flaws. The gregada was prepared with common hake, a fish that is unfairly neglected in our best restaurants. A perfectly balanced blend of vegetables and wine, with firm-textured carrots and soft potatoes that have absorbed all the aromas and flavours of the soup. In the end we tasted a great chocolate cake with almonds. Powerful and flawless, with a rich chocolate flavour, it came in a hearty portion we shared. In Dvor, they pay special attention to the presentation of dishes. The wine list is not too big, but it contains the best wines from the region. The service sometimes gives the impression of confusion. The waiters run around that large historical garden, but we had to remind our waiter after he had already served the dishes, that he had to bring us the homemade and delicious bread. After the initial commissioning of the entire team, Dvor will surely become one of the best restaurants in Split. Don’t miss this extraordinary gastronomic experience. Be sure to book a table.