Budva, Montenegro– Traveling six weeks through Eastern Europe and the Balkans gave me many opportunities to eat at magnificent restaurants. In Budapest there was Gundel and Gerbeaud, in Zagreb it was Agave and in Budva it was Jardan Kod Krsta.
For four decades, Jardan Kod Krsta, a family run restaurant, has been Budva’s most famous place to dine. In fact, some locals will say that if you had not eaten at Krsta, you have not visited Budva! This favorable restaurant serves daily fresh seafood, clams and crabs with everything cooked over a hot coal grill. Krsta also offers a full International cuisine menu if you want to skip over the seafood.
Kod Krsta is cleverly located along the seaside promenade before you get to the gates of Old Town. There is plenty of indoor seating but the best seats in the house are under the canopy covered deck, which is in front of the restaurant. If you are lucky enough, try to secure a table on that breezy deck that jets out onto the Adriatic sea.
The stars must have been aligned just right and I was fortunate to have landed a table exactly where I wanted. Although the indoor seating looked very comfortable, nothing beats a seaside view with your fresh seafood meal. It was universal timing because all of the tables on the deck were full. I happened to arrive when one of the tables was being cleared and I was offered it. Great things happen in Montenegro!
—— On the Table ——
Bread Basket and Flavorful Condiments
I love the beginnings of a meal when the bread and sauces are first brought out. It sets you up for the style of cooking and what is to be served. In this case, out came several fresh slices of brown and white bread served in a pretty basket. The flavorful spread for the bread was creamy and a nice touch instead of setting out traditional butter. Additionally, I was given a plethora of lemon slices and a silver sauce boat of herbed olive oil, which was for my upcoming seafood dish. I was ready for the fresh and flavorsome lunch that was headed my way!
The Special – Fish of the Day
Although the menu looked superb, I asked my server what he recommended and he suggested the ‘Fish of the Day’. That man made a great recommendation because my order was exactly what I came in for. I was served two selections of freshly caught fish that were grilled to a golden perfection. Additionally, a side of simple greens with potatoes accompanied the main course. The seafood was of great quality and very fresh. It was lightly seasoned to enhance the flavor of the fish rather than to mask the quality. It was a beautiful meal!
Once my main course was set on the table, I used the fresh lemon slices and herbed oil to season my fish and the sides. Like I said about the beginnings of a meal when little things are put out, “It sets you up for the style of cooking and what is to be served.”
When I was offered dessert, my answer was “I might as well!” I rationalized the tripple scoop ice cream dessert with how healthy of a lunch I had just eaten. Who was I kidding, I wanted ice cream! It was a terrific dessert scene though of sitting along the Adriatic Sea and polishing off a lot of ice cream served in a silver dish. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Wine and Liqueur
The service at Kod Krsta was just as outstanding as the meal itself. I was well attended to and considering that I was dining solo, I felt that I was spoiled. My dear server offered me a complementary drink, possibly two! Thank you again, Sir, for keeping me well hydrated. 🍸
Dining at Jardan Kod Krsta was a memorable seaside meal from the beginning until the end. The casual atmosphere, the fresh sea air and extraordinary cuisine and service was exactly what I was hoping to find. It is apparent why Jardan Kod Krsta has been Budva’s most famous restaurant for decades. If you have not been to Krsta, you have not been to Budva!
For restaurant information and menu, please visit Restaurant Jardan Kod Krsta
Let the sea set you free…
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