Saturday, January 14, 2012

Where Would a Rich Russian Tycoon Dine on Hvar?

Restaurant Gariful is not cheap. Very few of the fine things in life are. With its premier waterfront location and outstanding fish, one would not expect it to be. What is does have is style, as well as that something extra, so when an unnamed Russian tycoon came to Hvar in July 2010, demanding to be shown the most exclusive restaurant with the best wines, there was only one place to go.

The party of five had a seven star dinner which included healthy portions of Beluga caviar and lobster Bellevue, according to reports in the Croatian press. The choice of wines included a selection that would not be found on many a wine list in an exclusive restaurant in Paris, and Gariful's Russian guests enjoyed two bottles of Chateau d'Yquem 2001, THE most exclusive Sauternes in the world, as well as a 1995 Jeroboam of Dom Perignon White Gold, whose 3-litre bottle was specially packaged and edged with white gold.

And that is the point of Gariful. Reassuringly expensive, and able to offer that little bit extra in terms of luxury and dedicated service.

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