|Cruising in a yacht around Budva – tough|
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve.
|Squid at Grill Basta Kralj|
At night time there is no more enticing place to sit an eat than just outside the city walls on the designer outdoor sofas and tables which make up the restaurant Korkovada. If you want ambience, it is there in the bucket load with mellow light spilling down from the old town walls and a passing parade of people to watch. If you want food, best to go elsewhere. Warning bells should have run when we discovered this was an Italian speciality restaurant named after a Brazilian statue (and with pictures of Brazil on the menu). The house specialty of a stuffed veal pasta (€18) was cold and claggy and the risotto (€12) had a similar gluey texture as if it had just been reheated in a microwave. Service was abysmal with a continuing game of “catch the waiter’s eye”. One to avoid at all costs.
Details: Korokvada, Stari Grad, Budva, Montenegro
Damage: Pricey for Montenegro
|The walled town of Budva|
Internet searches and a call for advice on Twitter did not throw up many restaurant recommendations for Budva and one helpful person told me “Don’t expect too much”. In the end we turned to the receptionist at our hotel and asked if she could recommend some restaurants. “There is one good restaurant in Budva called Jadran” she said definitively.
|Waterside tables at Jadran|
|Eating a whole salt based fish at Jadran|
Gourmet Travel Tips
- We flew to Dubrovnik in Croatia return from London with Wizzair (£190/$287) and then got a taxi transfer to Budva which is around £80/$120 per car.
- In Budva we stayed at Villa Lux (€70/£57/$87) which was out of the old town on a busy intersection. Rooms were dull, threadbare towels and half the rooms did not have working air condition. Let’s just say the use of the term “Lux” in the name of the hotel was quite misleading. One to avoid like the plague.
- Highlights included catching a ferry to the island and also hiring a boat for an afternoon (about €30 per person, negotiate at the port).