Split has changed a lot lately. Even locals say how it is a completely different city in comparison with several years ago. Tourists discovered it is an interesting city, not just a port where they would begin their island hopping.
When I stumbled upon restaurant Perivoj, I was very pleased to see Split got such a fairy place to eat. Immediately, I sent them a message on Facebook asking if they are pet-friendly and ended up booking a table for two (and a dog hehe) for our second night in Split. I must say I was looking forward more to this dinner than to anything else on the trip!
The evening was extremely humid and hot, but our table on the terrace was waiting for us. From the first sight, we were stunned by the looks. It is not only the restaurant, is everything you dreamed of. Restaurant Perivoj is located in old Split’s villa, which was reconstructed and turned into a magical place. The garden in front of the villa, with its fountain, decorations, and various vegetation easily catches everybody’s eye. In combination with tasty food, Perivoj became a “place to go” very soon after the opening. It was a perfect place for our romantic date night!
We decided to try the five-course tasting menu, which represents the culinary journey of Perivoj’s head chef Marko Gajski, one of the contestants of Croatian Masterchef and Tea Mamut, excellent pastry chef. What we particularly loved about it is the fact each course was completely different! Different by taste and ingredients, but so well balanced, delicious and served attractively.
It is not enough to say the food was excellent. It was divine. While I was reading the menu, I was surprised to see some ingredients combined together. When it arrived on a plate, everything was clear. Every single item on those plates was a piece of the story and, in the end, all the tastes combined into the wonderful rhapsody of flavors.
Besides the food and the garden, I must praise the staff as well. When we said we had a reservation, they immediately knew who we are (it must be because of Lota the dog!) and they escorted us to the garden table assigned to us. During the dinner, our waiter was just lovely!
The service was fast and new courses were coming in a good tempo. He had an excellent knowledge of the food he was serving, even when I asked questions about some of the ingredients – he solved all my doubts. He was nice, funny and friendly and made our night even more memorable. We enjoyed every moment and every meal.
Restaurant Perivoj is an excellent restaurant. We loved the food as much as the ambient and staff. The tasting menu was a great experience and we would recommend it to anyone! The restaurant is not cheap, but it is well worth it. Comparing to ridiculous prices we encountered in the old town of Split, we happily paid the price of amazing food and impeccable service in Perivoj. The amount of food was just right for the dinner – we did not go out feeling stuffed, but we definitely were not hungry. If you go, and you should, make sure to reserve the table, at least during the summer season.
Their pastry chef, Tea, is known to be one of the most creative chefs. If you do not feel like having dinner, you can stop by to try their cakes while enjoying a cup of coffee. That’s right, they have cafe part as well.
ps. Photos are not the best I have ever taken, I know. It was getting dark and I was in a hurry to eat. 🙂 For better photos, check out the gallery here.
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