Azur Dubrovnik


Michelin recommendation

Mediterranean
Vedran Perojevic
Price range:

With its street section occupying a larger space than the ground floor of an old house and located underneath an old fig tree, you’ll find a restaurant which is affectionately called fun dining by its content guests. We’re talking about the adorable Azur, which is just a stone’s throw away from Stradun, but is still at just the right distance from Dubrovnik’s thoroughfare. This is a place where Mediterranean cuisine merges with Asian influences and you’ll be amazed. No doubt about it. Azur is run by brothers Darko and Vedran Perojević, both of whom have an extensive background in hospitality. A couple of years ago Vedran opened a restaurant in China, and they decided to open Azur because they wanted to come up with something completely different. And they’ve managed to do just that.

Azur is, to put it mildly, a miracle. Chefs prepare quick meals before your eyes in the main area occupying just a few square metres. Any meal can be ready to be served in under ten minutes. The underlying theme is to provide guests with fast and quality food using local ingredients which are sensationally finished off according to Vedran’s instructions. Vedran Perojević learned the tricks of the trade on countless trips across the globe and, naturally, while he was working in southern China. Darko’s wife is Indonesian so it comes as no surprise that most dishes have an oriental touch.

When it comes to starter dishes, we should point out the pumpkin cream soup, chicken tacos, spicy local sausages and, last but not least, raw salmon in lemon and lime sauce. But there’s a starter masterpiece and that’s Japanese ravioli (gyoza) stuffed with prawns on an eggplant spread (black Baba Ganoush). Who needs finishers when you have starters like these! Take some contemporary music, combine it with Zinfandel Kairos, local Malvasia (Bratoš) from Dubrovnik and a couple of superb, carefully selected labels, add some Dalmatian atmosphere coupled with a Hong Kong flavour and what you get is complete and utter relaxation. The interior design is minimal, but the street section will blow you off your feet.

The brothers’ recommendations for the main dish are meat balls in curry and coconut sauce, salmon, swordfish and their favourite, namely, tuna with radish sprouts, sesame oil, cashew and crunchy basil leaves. Minimal fire exposure, brimming with scents and flavours, a hefty meal... Of course, you have your vegan and vegetarian dishes, salads, curry and, on the other hand, desserts which are completely different.

Once you try the Croatian-Asian baklava, you’ll want to buy a hundred of spices, an Asian cookery book and spend the rest of your life exploring and enjoying unusual combinations. Fun dining, Asia in Dalmatia. Azur has by far the most original kitchen in Dubrovnik. And beyond... Hats off to them.

Author of photography: Grgo Jelavic/PIXSELL

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 020/324-806

Web: www.azurvision.com/

E-mail: info@azurvision.com

Working hours: Monday -Sunday: 12:00-24:00h

Region: Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

Address: Pobijana 10; 20 000 Dubrovnik

Capacity: 40

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

With its street section occupying a larger space than the ground floor of an old house and located underneath an old fig tree you’ll find a restaurant which is affectionately called fun dining by its content guests. We’re talking about the adorable Azur, which is just a stone’s throw away from Stradun, but is still at just the right distance from Dubrovnik’s thoroughfare. This is a place where Mediterranean cuisine merges with Asian influences and you’ll be amazed. No doubt about it.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommended by Michelin guide 2018.
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