If you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the historic center of Dubrovnik, Croatiavisit the restaurant Konavoski Dvori it’s a great option. It is 35 km from the city, in the beautiful Konavale Valley, close to the airport. There are signs marking the location all along the way.
This charming establishment integrated with nature is located on the banks of the Ljuta River, in an old mill. As we are far from the “old town”, you will find very fair prices and excellent quality food. This was for me the worst point of the restaurants inside the walls of Dubrovnik: very high prices and low quality food. Here our experience was very different.
O Konavoski Dvori is one of the few places to prepare the very traditional ispod leaves, a way of roasting meat and even bread slowly under oval iron lids, called “bells”, covered with hot coals. Everything is incredibly smooth.
We tried the “mix of meats”, which were cooked for about an hour and forty minutes before being served. Simply delicious. If you also want to try it, if not on a weekend, it is worth calling the day before and asking for the dish to be prepared.
But let’s tell you how our experience was from the beginning. We were welcomed with cherry and loquat liqueursBesides rakija, Croatia’s number one spirit. In addition, we were served, even on arrival, some candied fruitsuch as orange and Sicilian lemon, traditional in Dubrovnik.
We chose a table next to the river, which becomes a “cooler” natural on the hottest days. The noise around there was just the birds and the water. As soon as he left the “iron bell”, the bread arrived warm at our table, accompanied by a creamy homemade cheese.
We ask then Dalmatian raw ham it is a local cheese with olive oil (75 Kuna).
Before the main course, we still tasted an incredible homemade shrimp pasta with truffles (95 Kunas) – pause for mouth watering – and a new dish of the house, the Štrukli (80 Kunas), traditional in the country and made with cottage cheese in the oven. I thought the previous pasta was much better, it was really unmissable!
Even though we were practically satisfied, it was still time for our main course, the soft and tasty meat mix made in the “bell” under the coals (110 Kunas). As we abuse these delights, we end up not ordering dessert.
One person at the table chose the beef ragu with polenta (95 Kuna).
To accompany the dishes, we tried the rakija herbal infusion. Very strong, it has up to 40% alcohol, but it is a delicious aperitif. Those who prefer can opt for the extensive wine list, including the most famous from different regions of Croatia.
The atmosphere is amazing and peaceful, the food is wonderful and the staff are friendly and dressed in traditional attire. All totally different from the Dubrovnik rush. If you have a car and have time, Konavoski Dvori is definitely worth a visit. If it’s with the family, it’s fun for the kids. Take the opportunity to take a walk on one of the trails along the river for digestion.
RESTAURANT TIP IN DUBROVNIK: KONAVOSKI DVORI
Address: Ljuta-Gruda, Y/N – Konavale
Telephone: +385 20 791 039
Operation: 12:00 to 24:00; closes in low season
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