Bash Bash Food Bar, Vodice

I am not the biggest fan of Vodice and their vision of “tourism”. It used to be a great place some 25 – 30 years back but it is just a big mess now and I avoid it as much as I can. I also tell all my clients to stay away as there is nothing to see or do there. Until this year, I was only going there to eat at Santa Maria which is still at the same level as when it opened some 20 years ago (great meat and interior).

Vodice harbor
Vodice harbor

But this year, a foodie bloggers community started buzzing about a new place. Some girls opened a food bar and named it Bash Bash. I had to go and give it a try.
One August afternoon, we decided to stop there for late lunch and it took us a bit to find it as traffic in Vodice is horrible and I was not sure where the place was. It is located on the main promenade, near the old school and behind the great monument to all the fallen anti-fascists of Vodice. Actually, quite easy to find.

Bash Bash
Bash Bash

Vodice are filled with bad touristy restaurants that have not changed their menu from the mid 70s. And then something like this opens… Simply a great idea!

It would have been even a better idea if they served food all day but the kitchen opens for dinner at 5 PM and we got there about 4:30 PM. Couple of cold ones helped me while waiting.

Getting ready
Love the design!

The menu is just great! Nothing pretentious, nothing crazy but just a selection of great classics -prepared with a creative twist – combined with some interesting touches, creative salads and cool bites. It was hard to make a choice and definitely was creative enough to make us want to return to taste more.

BashBash menu
BashBash menu

The food was great as expected! We ordered quite a bit and enjoyed everything!

Green peas soup...
Green peas soup…
Colors of BashBash
Colors of BashBash

And we especially loved the desserts!

Loved it!
Loved it!

All in all: a great place!

We enjoyed the modern cuisine, interpretation of classic and superb value for money. The service was also great and the waiter from Slavonia was especially kind and accommodation.

I hope they are having a great season and will maybe stay open through (at least) October and come back next May.

Finally a great place to recommend in Vodice. And we will be back!

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Bepa – Seafood fast food

One of my favorite places in Split, that opened this summer, is Bepa. It is basically a seafood fast food. It is based on local seafood tradition but one can also get a quality pršut  sandwich or, like at this very moment, to have an interesting pumpkin dish or two. Unusual but quite interesting and quite tasty!

Bepa is located on the main square (Pjaca) and has several tables outdoors and few less inside the actual place. However, if sitting inside, please be aware that the ventilation is not the best and you will most definitely smell of fried fish…

I love their tuna burger, chilly sardines and their most amazing blueberry pie. Even though the menu is not typically local – although the owners are claiming promoting Dalmatian  street food traditions – the quality of the food and  the very design of all the elements, make Bepa a success.

Shrimp burger, tuna burger and chilly sardines
Shrimp burger, tuna burger and chilly sardines
Chilly sardines
Chilly sardines
Menu on the wall
Menu on the wall

Bepa is my first choice when I don’t want to wait for food too long!

Almost a decade ago, a similar project was attempted. It was called Srdela Snack and it failed… The problem was that it was not as modern as Bepa and the food was not as good. It was more traditional but that simply did not work in the age of MacDonald s and other fast food chains. Bepa covered the design and the menu perfectly and I wish the franchise picks up soon in other parts of Croatia!

Learn more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BepaSplit

Aerodrom Vis

This past summer I spent quite a bit of time on Vis and what to do but to explore and enjoy this spectacular island. One of my favorite discoveries was Aerodrom. It is gostionica or some sort of inn but now that term is rarely used as it is now almost archaic. Now you have wine bars, lounge bars…all sort of fancy stuff as we are, of course, fancy and modern. But Aerodrom is fancy. In a retro, “lost in the 1930s” type a way. And I love it.

Outside seating at Aerodrom
Outside seating at Aerodrom

This summer they opened late and were only serving their plavac and vugava wines. Both great! One can also purchase wine at Aerodrom as it is also a wine cellar. They were promising me some food but did not happen this year. For next year, I do expect something interesting. Something traditionally from Vis but with a modern twist.

Interior - sort of a museum of wines
Interior – sort of a museum of wines

Interior is beautiful. Decorated again in the style of the 1930s, it keeps telling the story of once great wine making tradition of Vis island. Now, only few wine makers are left… Aerodrom is also a wine cellar but the wine making facilities are located in the closed part of this traditional building.

A glass of plavac
A glass of plavac

Aerodrom got it’s name after a nearby WW2 air field in Plisko poje that was used by the Allies. The nearby fields were leveled to become an airport for US and British flying fortresses in the final months of the war. Later, wine making returned but the signal posts are still there keeping the memory alive. Now, Aerodrom is a perfect place for an evening getaway from the peak season crowds of Vis and Komiza.

The hot summer night
The hot summer night

Chilled glass of vugava is not to be missed in the hot summer night…

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