As I’ve travelled through Croatia, I’ve found that a lot of the amazing places I’ve eaten at have come down to research – research isn’t just looking somewhere up but it’s also reading a few reviews and it’s also a lot on recommendations – whether that be from friends or from the lovely staff at the hostels we’ve stayed at.
The lady at the hostel recommended this place to us and she really knows her stuff. She was even kind enough to write down the dishes that we needed to try and just said to show the list to the waiter and we’d be on our merry way.
Buffet Fife is actually a bit of hidden gem. It’s nestled in the corner away from the hustle and bustle of Split Old Town and the main port.
Unless you book a table, be prepared to share a long one with a few other diners. It’s not that bad.
It’s always a good sign for a place when it is busy and this place fills up fast. If you come with a big group, be sure to book ahead.
As per the ladies advice we showed the waiter the list of food and unfortunately, for us, there was only one thing on the list they had on the menu – Pasticada.
Pasticada is beef that has been marinated for 12 hours in red wine with tomato and vegetables. The Pasticada is served with the traditional Croatian gnocchi.
Of course, this was not going to be enough food, so we ordered another main and after eyeing off other diners the winner was the squid.
It didn’t take too long before our meals came out and they were huge. Lucky for the first time, we didn’t order a starter (and that was only because we wanted gelato after, which we couldn’t even fit in).
It was enough food to feed three! But definitely meals that you would want to share and not devour yourself.
The Pasticada is a must! The meat just falls apart in your mouth and partnered with the gnocchi it makes for a great home cooked meal.
As for the squid, sometimes at places, it’s a hit and miss but this was a hit. Battered squid can sometimes be a bit heavy and that’s usually down to the batter, but this batter is thin and keeps the flavour of the squid.
We were hungry and these two meals were extremely filling, even tipping on the over indulgent side.
Maybe this summer you’re doing a Sail Croatia or you just find yourself in Split – go down to Buffet Fife for a delicious meal that literally doesn’t break the budget.
For those two massive mains and two beers, it was only about 15 euros, including a lovely tip!