Augubio Congo



Mediterranean
Željan Radosavljević
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At the very core of Diocletian's Palace, the world’s best preserved ancient imperial residence, in one of those surreally narrow streets, you’ll find the restaurant Augubio Congo nestled in an adorable courtyard. This stunning restaurant bears a pretty “complicated” name, but it reflects the city’s long history. It refers to Augubio Palace where emperor Diocletian spent his remaining day at the turn of the 3rd and 4th centuries. Congo, the second part of the name, refers to a company specialising in hospitality.

Today we stand witness to the outstanding job the architects pulled off by making stone, wood and brick arches into a harmonious unit that pays due tribute to history and at the same time provides all the amenities of contemporary living. The space is small, yet full and you can just feel the centuries long gone. With contemporary jazz music and surrounded by people from all over the world, we’re trying to make up our mind as to what to order from the small, yet specific menu which is slightly more dominated by seafood dishes.

The entire concept of this nice, interesting and different menu is based on five dishes in the following categories: starters, meat and fish dishes. They make their own olive oil with the wine list containing over 90 labels, which originate exclusively from Croatia. While we leaf through the plentiful beer list, we relish local Pošip wines, Stina and Skaramuča to be more precise. You also have Galić from the continental part of Croatia, Matošević from Istria, Mrgudić from Pelješac... In addition to a few local and world-renowned craft beers.

The young chef Željan Radosavljević takes great pleasure in creating overwhelmingly Mediterranean specialties prepared to traditional recipes but with a modern twist. We should point out their thick fish soup, almost mussel broth, as well as an assortment of various Adriatic shellfish a la buzara (traditional way of cooking using very few ingredients) with a hefty amount of chilli. The fish and shellfish are strictly caught in the Adriatic. The menu contains about twenty dishes, i.e. smoked fish, shellfish, risottos, with a lot of them prepared to traditional local recipes. Steak and rib eye steak meat is imported from the United States and is roasted in a coal-oven using natural coal from Argentina.

They make their own desserts using organic ingredients only. No margarine... just like our grandmas used to prepare them. Split cake, made from an egg white crust, vanilla custard, dried figs, raisins and apricot, is famous. If you’re in Split, you know what to do.

Augubio Congo opened its doors in 2015. The original floor in the central section dates back to the 3rd century when it used to be a street. The original wall beams come from Venice and date back to the 15th century. When you read about something as remarkable as this and when you come to fathom its historical significance, you’ll enjoy the otherwise great food prepared by the young and energetic crew even more thoroughly. Sometimes we take what we have for granted and without a doubt Augubio Congo is a place we should be proud of. A restaurant and a museum. Simply marvellous.

Author of photography: Ivo Čagalj/Pixsell

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 099 323 9671

Web: www.facebook.com/augubiocongo/

E-mail: augubio@gmail.com

Working hours: Monday - Sunday: 08:00 - 22:45 h

Region: Dalmatia-Split

Address: Dioklecijanova ul. 1, 21000 Split

Capacity: 60

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

At the very core of Diocletian's Palace, the world’s best preserved ancient imperial residence, in one of those surreally narrow streets, you’ll find the restaurant Augubio Congo nestled in an adorable courtyard. This stunning restaurant bears a pretty “complicated” name, but it reflects the city’s long history. It refers to Augubio Palace where emperor Diocletian spent his remaining day at the turn of the 3rd and 4th centuries. Congo, the second part of the name, refers to a company specialising in hospitality. Today we stand witness to the outstanding job the architects pulled off by making stone, wood and brick arches into a harmonious unit that pays due tribute to history and at the same time provides all the amenities of contemporary living.

The space is small, yet full and you can just feel the centuries long gone. With contemporary jazz music and surrounded by people from all over the world, we’re trying to make up our mind as to what to order from the small, yet specific menu which is slightly more dominated by seafood dishes. The entire concept of this nice, interesting and different menu is based on five dishes in the following categories: starters, meat and fish dishes.
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