Every week The Dubrovnik Times goes to new levels for your pleasure. This time it’s all about culinary pleasure. We have scoured the menus of Dubrovnik to bring you our favourites. And not only did we just research the menus we have gone that extra step and tasted the food in advance for you...its hard work but someone has to do it. This week I visited a new star on the Dubrovnik gastronomic scene – Steak House Župaho.
“How would you rate that restaurant from one to ten,” I asked my dining companion. She puffed out her cheeks and answered without thinking “eleven.” Even though this restaurant is pretty much on my doorstep I haven’t really explored the menu as I should have. Isn’t it always the way when something is so close we will always find an excuse to go another day. Now I have been I can honestly say that Župaho is an absolute star. “I didn’t really expect this kind of menu,” I chatted with the waiter. It is madly creative, with influences from South America, Asia and beyond. It is just bursting with exotic and yet beautifully simple dishes. Empanadas, shrimp rolls, sogan dolma with veal...and those are just an example of the starters.
I have always thought that the key to good cuisine is passion. And the owner and head chef of Župaho has passion squared. The way that she pours and purrs over each item on the menu shows the love that she has towards serving the perfect meal. This is highlighted by the fact that around 80 percent of the guests are locals – remember that saying eat where the locals eat. To be categorised as a steak house the menu must contain 80 percent meat.
How does this selection sound – Adobo duck, Kalbi beef, pork ribs in black treacle, lamb skewers marinated in whey, garlic and mint...I am getting peckish just thinking about the menu again. And the sauces, well this must be the most creative lists of sauces in Dubrovnik. “Our Mole Poblano sauce has 25 ingredients,” explained the owner as if she was talking about a loved one. This is her baby and she can be well proud of it. For dessert try the stout and whiskey cream brownies, heaven. Try Župaho today, tomorrow, this weekend it doesn’t matter when but DO try it.
Smokovijenac 61, 20207, Župa Dubrovačka
Phone: +385 20 688 936
Open from 8.00am to 11.00pm