Istria prides itself on being the gastronomic capital of Croatia and foodies in the know will already be well aware of this culinary hotbed. The 5-star Hotel Monte Mulini perfectly showcases the region’s delicacies from award winning wines and fresh truffles to a range of seafood including oysters and spider crabs.
The hotel’s traditionally styled Wine Vault restaurant features an extensive wine cellar with an impressive selection of 550 award-winning Croatian and international wines personally selected by Croatia’s leading sommelier, Emil Perdec.
Twice winner of the prestigious Trophée Ruinart in France, popularly known as the European Championship for Sommeliers, Emil Perdec is working alongside renowned chef Tomislav Gretic, who opened Dubai’s Asia de Cuba and perfected his craft at Zurich’s Dolder Grand and Dubrovnik’s Palace Hotel, to establish the Hotel Monte Mulini, as Istria’s leading destination for wine connoisseurs and gourmets.
With two of the most popular types of Croatian wine, the crisp Malvazija and full-bodied Teran produced in Istria there is little wonder the region is now recognised as a top food and wine destination by food writers and wine connoisseurs all over the world.
In both the Wine Vault and Hotel Monte Mulini’s Mediterraneo restaurant, chef Gretic serves delicious French-Mediterranean concoctions that include local produce such as heady white truffles, wild asparagus, freshly caught seafood and fish and Istrian prosciutto.
Istria is a year round destination and the hotel’s menu changes daily. Spring is the season for wild asparagus, summer and autumn for black truffles and autumn and winter for famous white truffles – real gourmets will know this is when the truffles are at their finest. During truffle season truffle fans will be delighted to find they feature heavily on each menu and are often served with every course, even the ice cream! To help truffle aficionados get to the source of their desire, The Hotel Monte Mulini can arrange truffle hunts for guests, and participants even get to keep the truffles they find!
Room rates at Hotel Monte Mulini start from €235 including breakfast and VAT for a double room. For further information or reservations please visit www.montemulinihotel.com or call +385 (0)52 636 000.
Truffle hunting can be arranged and booked at the hotel. This costs €120 per hr or €350 per half day and participants get to keep the truffles.