This week Michelin released The MICHELIN Guide Croatia 2018, featuring 62 Restaurants which have been recommended by Michelin guide inspectors after covering the country.
The first restaurant ever to be recognised by Michelin on the Makarska Riviera has been included in the 2018 guide – Restaurant Jeny in Tučepi. The restaurant, which has been open and family-run since 1986, is situated 300 metres above sea level in the old part of Tučepi and enjoys breathtaking views.
We recently checked it out during a trip around Dalmatia.
After Pelješac we catch a ferry to the mainland and spend a night in Makarska. We planned to go to Mljet but luck would not have it. I have not been in Makarska for ages but I have the feeling it is easier to find flamingo floaties in all colours than a good restaurant.
Google helps. We call restaurant Jeny, in nearby Tučepi, and they agree to pick us up from the hotel. Brownie points. They have only a set menu paired with local wines. Intrigued. The pickup is straightforward and the restaurant has a stunning position over the bay. Some of the best views we had so far.
Five courses paired with wine coming up. I am in great eating form. The courses come lovely presented and the service is excellent. We start with a Dalmatian salat interpretation- cured ham and octopus paired with Bernobic Rose cabernet sauvignon 2016. Lovely start.
Next are smoked scallops and sea bass paired with a 2016 Chardonnay from Provic. The wine complements the dish nicely and the ripe fig tree next to our table gives such a nice atmosphere far away from blow-up flamingos and fast food places.
Next, we get served three birds with blue potatoes. Duck, pheasant, and quail paired with a Pinot Noir from sontacchi 2015. The highlight of the meal, all birds being cooked to perfection, succulent and tender.
Next, we get a sirloin of beef and veal paired with an Ivan Dolac Vujnovic Plavac 2013. If you go for the full-bodied red wines like I do- try some of this and some Dingač. The sauces on this dish are very interesting, elevating the dish.
Last but not least we are getting a combo of Lemon meringue pie, orange and rosemary sorbet and cheesecake paired with Corona Grande Benvenuti 2015. Delicious.
I was very pleased with this restaurant. Hospitality and pick up. Service was smooth. Wines were nicely paired with great looking and tasting dishes. Views to die for. I would really recommend this, especially if you would like to be introduced to Croatian wines.
Restaurant Jeny | Gornje Tucepi 33, Tučepi