Michelin recommendation

Toni Klarić
Price range:

This is a family restaurant taken over from the father by his daughter a couple of year ago, while today it’s being run by his son. Season preparations are currently underway at Kopun, so the wine list and the menu don’t resemble their final appearance which is finalised around Easter. But capon meat dishes always take precedence. Warm and cold appetizers are based on Adriatic specialties (octopus, tuna), capon (ragout) and intriguing šporki makaruli (traditional Dubrovnik pasta with beef fillet), while the soup is made from, you guessed it - capon.

Given that the restaurant is located on a route cleverly devised by local guides for tourists and that capon dishes are mentioned in the original books, the restaurant came up with an excellent idea - “Game of Thrones” menu, which caters to crowds of ecstatic foreign visitors rushing to and fro in groups wielding swords and helmets even though it’s only mid-March. The cookware and dishes are branded, while the recipes date back to medieval times. A phenomenal idea!

As far as other dishes are concerned, we should mention live lobsters for numerous visitors from Japan where this place was featured in the newspaper, popara, gregada, broths, fish in salt - fish and meat dishes are aplenty. Still, there are three dishes standing out in the crowd: roasted stuffed capon (needs to be ordered a day in advance), which is stuffed with assorted meat, roasted for several hours and then cut before the guests’ very eyes... You can always choose from capon in penny bun mushroom sauce and a specialty prepared to a Dubrovnik recipe from the 16th century, in a sauce made from honey, spicy orange, fruit...

When it comes to wine labels, Crvik is the most represented local winemaker and his wines are based on characters from books written by Marin Držić. And finally there’s no other choice than Dubrovnik rozata. The interior is small, but the design is reminiscent of Gustav Klimt’s paintings, the terrace is large and surrounded with oak saplings in pots and a large oak tree in the middle section. If you love history, cinematography and people with a vision and a knack for great ideas, you’ll feel at home at Kopun. A wholehearted recommendation.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 020/323-969

Web: www.restaurantkopun.com

E-mail: info@restaurantkopun.com

Working hours: MON - SUN: 11:00 - 23:00h

Region: Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

Address: Poljana Ruđera Boškovića 7; 20000, Dubrovnik

Capacity: 100

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

Restaurant Kopun is situated deep within the city walls, sheltered from the hustle and bustle of Stradun, on a shady square on Poljana Ruđera Boškovića surrounded by rocks and lush green vegetation. They owe their image, name and tale to castrated roosters, an extremely renowned ingredient in the European culinary scene which has almost been forgotten in Croatia. Four years ago they set out on their journey driven by their desire to showcase this traditionally prepared yet modernly served high-quality poultry to Croatian and foreign foodies alike.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommendation Michelin Guide 2018
Seasonal menu