We are in Slovenia and Croatia for a few days before heading back to Italy. Porec is a nice little seatown on the coast of Istria, and there we had dinner at seafood restaurant Ulixes. The restaurant has a nice patio with an olive tree. They show the catch of the day to the guests to choose from, to be prepared in the oven with or without a salt crust. But I wanted to try a local typical dish called Scampi alla Busara.
First we shared the seafood antipasti (called Mediterranean platter on the menu). Octopus salad, bacalà (salted cod) salad, salmon with capers, sardines, and the most interesting: shrimp with almonds and onions. This was all very delicious and so good we could have finished a plate each.
Next came the Scampi alla Busara: scampi cooked in a delicious sauce with tomatoes, white wine, onions, and garlic. You have to get your hands dirty when eating this dish, but it is worth it. The scampi are great with the sauce, which is also very tasty to be mobbed up with bread. I will definitely make my own version of this dish when we get home, and post the recipe on the blog.
With all of this we had a nice bottle of Malvasia, the local white wine (which in Italy is not often bottled in purezza but instead blended with other grapes).
To finish chocolate cake with a tart compote of red fruits, very nice as well. The dessert wine was unfortunately served too warm.
Ulixes is a great seafood restaurant in Porec. The service is very friendly, both English and Italian are spoken, but a bit less attentive and efficient when it gets busy. Also the kitchen seemed to have a hard time keeping up when it goes busy. But otherwise a good restaurant that I’ll be sure to visit next time I’m in Porec.