Something quite different from the usual konobas, Masèra offers the style of Rovinj’s top 5 restaurants but at an affordable price. The restaurant is set back from the road and is more like the club house for the tennis courts. Décor is smart modern, enhanced with some pieces of antique furniture. The menu is tasteful, with a modest selection of dishes suited to preparation from fresh ingredients. Presentation here is wonderful. The chef was previously at Restaurant Blu, where you pay a lot more for this sort of style.
The other day I went looking for a girl. She’d been a waitress at a restaurant in Rovinj and had told me she was now at another restaurant called Masèra, on the outskirts of town, down near some tennis courts.
Wow ! Was I glad I went. Firstly, I hardly recognised her. The jeans had gone in favour of a smart formal uniform, worn by all the staff. Clearly, if I hadn’t already realised from the décor, this was an upmarket restaurant. I ordered a coffee and gingerly perused the menu, expecting unaffordable wonders. I was impressed by the dishes on offer, but even more impressed by the prices.
I ordered the turbot in leek cream. This arrived on a long rectangular plate, beautifully presented, with the turbot in the centre, garnished with a sprig of rosemary. At one end were artistically arranged grilled Mediterranean vegetables and at the other, fried sliced potatoes, again artistically arranged. It was a feast for the eyes and could stand comparison with dishes from the smartest restaurants anywhere in the world. It was quite delicious.
There is no shortage of upmarket restaurants in Rovinj these days, for those prepared to pay the price. The difference here is the price. The turbot, complete with the vegatables, was just 50 kn !
After a short break, I followed it with the white chocolate souffle, generously covered with white truffle shavings and which looked equally amazing. The taste was all I could have wished for. The price? A mere 25 kn! I pay that for pancakes with jam anywhere else.
The wine list was equally impressive, albeit that for decent wines, the buying in price means they are going to cost more than open wine, which is also available.
The restaurant has apparently been here for some time, but had received a complete makeover during the winter and had only reopened in its present form at the beginning of April.
If you’ve champagne tastes and a beer budget, this is a place not to be missed. To find it, head off down the road running south east from Rovinj towards Villas Rubin. Look out for the red shale tennis courts on the right.