Giaxa – Hvar, Croatia

4 Sep

Gail and I arrived in Hvar after a beautiful day at the Plitvice Lakes ready to party as hard as we heard people partied in Hvar. In order to prepare for a long night/morning of boozing, we thought a nice dinner would be the perfect preamble. We relied on our fellow TripAdvisor friends for a recommendation and landed at Giaxa. The website states “Have you ever tasted art?” With a name like that, it has to be good, right?

We arrive and the place happens to be fairly busy, giving us an indication that we chose the right spot. Right? Wrong. We sit down and have a friendly waiter (this is something to note since it doesn’t happen all that often while traveling in Croatia), and immediately decide to order a bottle of rose. Our waiter comes back and says that they don’t have the bottle that we ordered but that he has brought us an even better bottle, from “the best winemaker in Croatia” at no additional charge. The bottle (pictured), has no label and is just called Number 11. Eleven happens to be my lucky number, but this wine was not lucky. At first sip we though, hmmm…this is different, but its not bad. As the wine opened and we kept drinking, I kept thinking that it tasted like something. That something we came to decide was a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Not exactly the taste I am looking to pair with my dinner, but I’ve had worse wines in my life, I’m sure.

We started out with the homemade gnocchi stuffed with scampi and prosciutto over asparagus sauce. This sounded interesting at first blush (and some others on TripAdvisor had recommended it), but it was bland beyond belief and strange. As you can tell from the picture, it looks a lot more like ravioli than gnocchi and was served moderately warm. I expected the asparagus sauce to be flavorful, but it was really lacking, on the whole it really didn’t taste like anything. Failure number one.

For a main course I opted for the sea bass. The dish came beautifully presented, but that really was the highlight of the entire experience. Again, the food was not overly warm and was completely bland. The sea bass was supposed to be seasoned with Croatian herbs, which must be like disappearing ink or something because I couldn’t taste them. The vegetables were also very plain. Gail ordered the Hvarska gregada, which as our waiter explained was the fisherman’s traditional way of preparing fish on the island. The dish consisted of fish, sliced potatoes, olive oil, onions, white wine and spices. Gail said the dish was also not very flavorful and extremely difficult to eat given the massive amount of fishbones in the dish. Overall, if heading to Hvar, there has to be better restaurants than Giaxa. Find them and report back!

www.giaxa.com – Petra Hektorovica 3, Hvar, Hvar Island 21450, Croatia
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