Feasting in Dubrovnik will be surprisingly Asian. Some of the most buzzworthy restaurants are sushi eateries, due to the high quality of seafood served in most places. Among numerous choices tucked in Old Town’s vintage alleys, our top two favorite hotspots are complete must-eat’s. If you have a short stopover in this popular Croatian city, you’ve gotta indulge in both Azur and Taj Mahal. No excuses!
Fresh local seafood tops the menu in Dubrovnik, from octopus burgers in low-key, hole-in-the-wall eateries to slap-up sushi feasts with fresh oysters and amberjack sashimi. Other options in this city of food lovers range from hearty sandwich joints to intimate Bosnian eateries. Telegraph Travel’s expert, Jane Foster, rounds up Dubrovnik’s best restaurants.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Founded by two Dubrovnik-born brothers, Darko and Vedran, Azur will be your most innovative meal in Dubrovnik. The menu consists of traditional Croatian dishes with heavy Asian influences, due to the fact that Vedran lived in China for many years. The atmosphere is fun, charming, and vibrant. The dishes we loved included: Thai-style beef salad; stir-fried prawns with cashew nuts, lime and fresh basil; swordfish fillet in black curry sauce; fragrant meatballs in curry coconut sauce.
After the meal, head over to the brothers’ other venture The Bar by Azur. The cocktails are to-die-for.
Hours: Open everyday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
If at this point during your trip, you’ve had enough Dalmatian dishes, then Taj Mahal is the perfect culinary break. Especially if you’re a fan of Indian food, this popular joint mixes traditional Indian concepts with Bosnian flair. Definitely try: HADŽIJSKI CEVAP (veal in delicious vegetable sauce served with roasted potatoes); and SHISH CEVAP (simmered veal with vegetables, roasted potatoes and thick cream kaymak). Don’t miss the Bosnian breakfast which comes with Turkish coffee, what a great way to start the day. PS. There are also fantastic menu options for vegetarians.