Frank started Restaurant Week with a visit to Le Mandrac restaurant in Volosko. Volosko is a small, fishing village close to Opatija. Frank's already written about Konoba Tramerka, another great place to eat in Volosko. Anyway, not being the subject of this post at the moment. Frank wants to share his experience on Le Mandrac during the Restaurant Week. Zeljka, Ozren, and all participating restaurants – you have a big Thanks! from Frank for creating this great opportunity.
Frank arrived to Volosko for a late lunch. Was sad a bit to see neighbouring Plavi podrum restaurant pretty busy (although not participating in the event), and Le Mandrac absolutely empty. Ok, it was the first day of the first Restaurant Week in this Croatian Region, so lets say people haven't yet get accustomed to the idea (not everybody is as early adopter as Frank is).
Not having a proper summer terrace (unlike Plavi podrum next door), Le Mandrac remains absolutely non smoking place. Even during the summer. Very young waiters greeted Frank properly and they were ready for Prix Fixe Menus Frank asked about. Another pleasant surprise was that Frank was able to trade glass of wine for glass of sparkling wine (although not part of the offer). Frank showed his appreciation by ordering a bottle of Trapan Malvazija 2008, and later on a bottle of Kozlovic Muskat (Frank's not alcoholic; he went there with 4 friends).
For entree, Le Mandrac prepared: Fish Soup, Green Peas Soup and Octopus Carpaccio; Frank went for Octopus Carpaccio and it was excellent. Paper-thin octopus served on a bed of rocket salad. Very good! Main courses were a bit less excited, not in the way they were described and presented, but the taste didn't impress Frank. Main courses offered were: Seafood Pasta, Calamari Risotto with Truffle Foam and Black Cuttlefish Polenta.
Deserts included: Chocolate Gateau, Ice cream and Cheese & Lemon Cake.
Although Frank enjoyed his meal, he is not sure that he would be ready to pay a full price for what he experienced. As a 100 kn deal, there is nothing to complain about. But Frank's senses that Le Mandrac's ambition is higher than that.