This day started out cloudy and chilly, as promised by the forecast. If it had been another sunny day, we would've rented a boat again and posted up at one of the beach clubs on the surrounding islands. Beyoncé's pregnancy was first revealed when she was photographed by the paparazzi lounging at the nearby Carpe Diem beach club. This is it...
Since it was not a beautiful day, we had to forgo the possibility of running into celebrities and think of alternatives. There's really not much to do on the island of Hvar during the day other than sleep off your hangover and/or wait to see if you'll regain consciousness from your crazy trip the night before (this is an insanely fun party place), so we stayed in our comfortable apartment most of the day and took full advantage of the impressively fast Wi-Fi. We were even able to stream an hour-long episode of Louis C.K. on Netflix! This was the first time we've watched anything other than BBC World News in ten weeks, so it was nice to enjoy a little lighthearted, if crass, taste of home. We also planned the remaining two weeks of our trip and purchased all outstanding flights and hotels. Hirsh can finally relax!
We literally did stay in the apartment all day, surviving on Coke, leftover alcohol from yesterday, Twix, and Kinder Bueno candy bars. We finally mustered the strength to leave just before dinner time and started off with a walk around the pretty harbor and main square at sunset.
We had spent all day looking forward to tonight's dinner. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor for Hvar, Dalmatino has over 2,000 five-star reviews. We couldn't get in last night, so we put our names down for tonight. While we waited for our table to be prepared, we enjoyed drinks at the bar next door and our waiter came to collect us when they were ready.
Dalmatino was everything we expected it to be and more. One online reviewer stated that service at this restaurant was the best he had experienced anywhere in the world. We can comfortably say that we agree. From the friendly and endlessly patient host in charge of reserving and assigning tables to the throngs of expectant tourists, to the numerous waiters who served us throughout the meal, every person with whom we interacted was perfectly pleasant and professional. They manage to be attentive and courteous without being intrusive or stuffy. The food is, of course, outstanding. We started with appetizers of risotto with shrimps and salted anchovies in olive oil. Sarah had the popular Gnocchi "Istria" (black gnocchi with black truffles and shrimps in creamy wine sauce), while Hirsh had Rump Steak "Dubrovnik." For dessert, we shared Granny's Home-Made Cake, a chocolate cake with walnuts and ice cream. Before, during, and after these courses, we were served complimentary shots as palate cleansers. A superlative dining experience, for sure!