Butcher's Grill is the meat-themed restaurant at the Radisson Sun Gardens and is located on the avenue that contains most of the restaurants, including the fish-themed Terrace and Italian-themed La Pasta (reviewed separately on here). It only opens in the evenings but you probably wouldn't a massive steak for lunch anyway, so it's not an issue.
The first thing to say is that this is a meat-themed restaurant (the clue is in the name) so if you're a vegetarian, tough. Croatia isn't blessed with a large diary herd of its own, so there is only limited local meat on offer. Instead it goes for imported cuts, including Argentinian and black Angus. As you would expect, the usual cuts are on offer in increasing quality/price.
My starter was garlic prawns, which consisted of six huge whole prawns drenched in butter & garlic. Anywhere else, they would have been described as langoustines or maybe slightly anorexic lobsters but in Croatia where prawns are plentiful, they only just made it onto the menu as ordinary prawns. They were served whole so you can eat the head (no, don't retch, that's where all the flavour is). An absolutely top starter.
The main course steaks were both well-seasoned and presented. My partner prefers her steak a tinge more well-done than Alderaan meets Death Star whereas I prefer it so that a vet could still resuscitate it. Mine was spot on, hers was a little on the medium side, which was a shame because it was a generous portion, although that meant I got to eat some of hers.
It was a shame to see that the carrot slaw from previous years' visits was no longer on the menu but hey, you can't have everything. The peppercorn sauce made up for it, with a deep, unctuous texture and the ideal amount of peppery aftertaste.
Some reviewers have commented that the prices are quite high and I would agree that they are higher than most of the other restaurants around the resort, although I'm not sure if that makes The Butcher more expensive or all the others cheaper. To be fair, it is no more expensive than a steakhouse in, say, the West End of London but if you would find that costly then you'll find the same here.
I would agree that the wine is more expensive and if I was in charge - surely a very bad idea - I would knock maybe 10% off the prices. In the absence of Ginja, the hotel's fine dining offering, The Butcher is probably the closest to a more formal dining experience and the prices do reflect this.
The service was wonderful and typical of Croatian hospitality: friendly, engaging and warm. It is due in a big way to the manager Vlaho. He has been here every year that we have been coming (although in previous years was running La Pasta) and is a master of customer service, making diners feel welcome and ensuring they have a good time.
If it's your first time in Croatia and you don't speak the language, eat at The Butcher and he'll make you feel at home.
Our bill was around 1000Kuna/110EUR/£110 for dinner for two but that did include a bottle of Stagnum, the flagship red wine from local winemaking maestro Frano Miloš, a man who in his own words is attempting to make wine that makes the world a better place. Frano, pozdravljam svoje napore!
To reiterate a previous reviewer's comment, it's a bit more expensive here but it is worth it.
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