Ragusa Review – Williamstown – Australia
Last night we dined at Ragusa Restaurant in beautiful Williamstown. Ragusa is a Croatian restaurant located on the main strip, facing the harbor. The restaurant is located in a beautiful old building and the dining room was welcoming and well laid out. I haven’t really ventured into Croatian cuisine before, so this experience was both new and exciting for me.
We were immediately welcomed upon arrival and brought to our seats that were located next to an impressive wine rack situated in the middle of the restaurant. I’m always a bit skeptical about wine on display in restaurants because it’s not proper storage for the wine and may result in off bottles. It is, however, aesthetically pleasing.
I ordered a couple of oysters au natural, muscles in a beautiful tomato and garlic sauce, a traditional Croatian dish – punjene paprika (braised beef and pork in capsicum) and a well made vanilla bean brûlée with poached mandarin. My wife ordered the risotto with yabbies and it looked great.
I was impressed with the food. The oysters were fresh, the muscles were cooked in an absolutely delicious yet simple sauce, the capsicum was surprisingly good and not something I’d regularly order, but it reminded me of cabbage rolls, but more flavourful and the brûlée was rich with a strong orange taste that paired perfectly with the gorgeous vanilla. The brûlée had candied mandarin zest topper that added to the presentation. It was a satisfying meal and I was pleased with our Croatian choice.
Our service was entertaining and prompt, but the only drawback was a fly that decided to dine with us as well. Our server did apologise for the fly and explained that they had the door opened, but it was distracting. I did finish my meal however and was completely full and satisfied by the time we left.
139 Nelson Place
PH. 9399 8500
Food Quality 8/10