After a fabulous few days in Split, our last night called for something special. Therefore, Samm from The Inspiration Highway and I decided that a nice meal was the ideal way to end our trip. We had pre-booked a table at the Tinel Trattoria restaurant and had been eagerly looking at the extensive menu on their website all day trying to decide what we wanted to eat that evening. I’d say it is predominately a seafood restaurant, so with one of us being a vegetarian and the other not a seafood lover it may seem like an odd place to pick. Not at all, as there are plenty of yummy non-fish and non-meat dishes on the menu too.
Our table was booked for 8 and located a mere 5 minute walk from our apartment and only 30 meters from the promenade, we set off with plenty of time to spare. When we arrived we saw there were a couple of tables free at the front of the restaurant. It is located on a road side, however it wasn’t a busy one and as the weather was still over 20 degrees and it was the first night in Split it hadn’t rained we thought it would be lovely to take advantage of being able to dine al fresco. We were greeted at the door by our waiter, we explained that we would like to sit outside and pointed to one of the table out the front. He said that he had a nicer table reserved out the back for us so we followed him without question. He wasn’t wrong. Out the back of the main restaurant we found ourselves in the beautiful and inviting oasis of the summer terrace. With greenery decorating all the walls and awnings pulled across the top, it felt like we were outdoors without sitting on the side of the road. Plus if it had started raining during our meal we would not have to move or get wet – perfect.
Our extremely friendly waiter recommended a great wine to us, an Istrian white wine from the mountains very similar to a Sauvignon Blanc which we then ordered. A 1.5 litre carafe was delivered to our table whilst we decided what we wanted to eat.
Eventually we decided and ordered:
Samm – Homemade gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce with plums
Me – Homemade gnocchi in tomato sauce
We also ordered a couple of side dishes – vegetables and sautéed potatoes (because you can’t have too many potatoes in one meal, right?). As everyone knows gnocchi can be quite filling and the portions we were served were a great size for us, especially as we had the sides too. Full enough, that we didn’t need anything else however not too full that we needed to be rolled out of the restaurant.
Even though we hadn’t thought about have a dessert our waiter insisted that we try their speciality dessert, the Dalmatian Flan. I’m really struggling to find the recipe for it on the net but I would describe it as a jelly/custard/cake – to be honest it may not have had any of those ingredients in it, but regardless it was lovely. I quickly became very full and it was very sweet but I certainly gave eating it all a good go as it was super yummy.
All the staff were very friendly (our waiter even calling us ‘my girls’) and accommodating making it a great dining experience. It was actually a shame that we visited on our last night as there were so many delicious sounding dishes on the menu that I would have like to have tried.
- Our meal was organised by the Tourist Board of Split at Tinel Trattoria on a complementary basis in exchange for review.