We’ve walked to Bavice – Split’s small beach, around the headlands from the main harbour for dinner tonight at Bota Sare.
We’re there early – no lunch from traveling all day – people are swimming and a few are still playing ‘picigin’, Croatia’ native summer sport – like volleyball in the water, but with no net, no points, and a bald tennis ball. There are white beach chairs lined up all along the concrete waterfront and a little watch tower for the life guard – this place would be heaving in summer.
Bota Sare is along the promenade of eateries lining the waters edge – 3 levels up, we have a fabulous view of the sunset.
Their menu proudly proclaims that everything it contains is either grown, caught or produced within 1km of the restaurant – like the sound of that.
Our waiter suggest the snapper that’s been freshly caught, so we share this, the green risotto ‘Bota’ style and a seasonal vegetable salad.
The risotto is seafood with a spinach base – lovely and flavorsome with the white wine and garlic. My travel buddy eats most of this as I’m not really a fan of all things mussel/vongole related.
Our waiter divides the huge snapper steak up for us to share. It’s delicious – perfectly cooked – thick and juicy. We’re also trying the local beer, Karlovacko.
A few more people arrive as we’re leaving – you wouldn’t find this place unless you knew about it.
With a homely feel, great view, good service and fresh local produce (the days catch is on display for you), it’s well worth the walk out of the busy town.
Score: 7.5 Plates (out of 10)
Bota Sare – Bavice, Split, Croatia – 021 488 648/091