Martinis Marchi

L'avis de Gault&Millau

When you arrive in the port of Maslinica, a charming little village on the island of Šolta, you will first notice the imposing palace of the Heritage Hotel Martinis Marchi in front of which there is a beautiful marina. It is a restored 18th-century residence of the Marchi family. The exclusive hotel has only 7 rooms, but on the large terrace, overlooking the marina, there is a restaurant that can accommodate up to 70 people. Although yachtsmen from anchored boats are their most loyal clientèle, due to the beautiful ambience and fine food, more and more other visitors come to the restaurant. The cooking at Martinis Marchi is elegant, and the combination of local, traditional ingredients and modern dishes offers a special culinary experience. During our visit we first received a greeting from the kitchen in the form of delicious beignets made of crispy choux pastry (pâte à choux used for desserts like beignets and éclairs) stuffed with foie gras. A simple, refined appetizer that they offer with various fillings, from fish, to prawns, tuna, and lobster, but also meat, and pumpkin, chives and truffles cream. An excellent introduction to fresh tuna tartare, served in the form of a medallion, covered with orange caviar, with salted butter mousse and capers. Tuna is one of the most exploited dishes in restaurants on the Adriatic coast and it is even a bit boring, especially if the tuna is not top quality. Still, we really liked it here precisely because of the innovative presentation, but also because of the mix of ingredients. Another good combination of foods were the Saint Jacques scallops with walnut oil and a refreshing celery and chives cream. We also tasted an excellent crab soup, actually a velvety bisque with a delicate sea flavour. Our favourite dish was the Ravioli Martinis-Marchi, homemade ravioli stuffed with duck and mushrooms, flavoured with truffle oil and with parmesan and tartufi shaves on the top. In our opinion the truffle oil was superfluous. A chocolate dessert rounded out the dinner. This year, the kitchen of the Martinis-Marchi restaurant has made a big step forward with carefully designed elegant dishes, with precise preparation and an extremely attractive presentation, and they deserved the third Gault & Millau toque. Here you will enjoy a refined ambience, first-class food and top wines.

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