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It looks like a fruit salad, with a taste more reminiscent of a vegetable, but it is a dish from the tapas menu of the Dubrovnik restaurant Pantarul on the Lapad peninsula. On the menu tapas were translated as “a small snack”, but this ceviche of sea bream with tomatoes, mango and spring onions was delicious as a snack, but you couldn’t say that it was small like ordinary tapas. Furthermore, it filled a large deep plate and it was enough for a light summer lunch. And a fine, mildly acidic and refreshing lunch at that. Otherwise, ceviche is a Latin-American dish of raw fish marinated in lemon or lime juice, seasoned with spicy peppers and garnished with fruit and vegetables.

Their popara (steamed) piper gurnard is also excellent. Popara is a dish very similar to gregada (stew), however the taste it complemented by tomato. In the Pantarul’s popara dishes are also mussels, spring onions, fennel and carrots. The spring onions are particularly fine even when they remain in the soup after the other ingredients are eaten. One little criticism is that there is too much parsley because it dominated the delicate dish.

Pantarul has a relatively small selection of very well thought out and varied dishes of fresh and seasonal ingredients. They offer fish raw, cooked or grilled and served with lots of vegetables. With the shellfish they play with unusual combinations such as baked sea scallops in pancetta with sweet potato cream and sesame and salads. Of meat, they offer goose liver, duck breast, chicken, pork belly, braised veal, beef fillet, ox cheeks and more.

The interior is also well designed, modern, not over the top, just as they have not gone over the top with the wine list. However they have covered all styles, so one can find an appropriate liquid side dish for any of their dishes. It is commendable that all the wines can be ordered by the glass. And if anyone doesn’t know how to choose alone, the waitress will recommend something good. It is best to check with a visit to the restaurant, whose name, for those who are not from Dubrovnik, means fork.

Author of photography: Grgo Jelavić/Pixsell

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Contact number: 020/333 486



Working hours: Summer working hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 04:00 PM and 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Winter working hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM- 12:00 AM

Region: Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

Address: Kralja Tomislava 1; 20000 Dubrovnik

Capacity: 50

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

Pantarul is a restaurant where the slogan is “Feels like home” because it is the first place for top food in a relaxed ambience. With only 13 tables and carefully chosen menus, which follow the rhythm of the season, guests can be sure that they will have the best possible service with an honest smile, as well as the freshest seasonal ingredients. In Pantarul’s kitchen the traditional mixes with the modern and the offer is constantly refreshed, so that lovers of good food can expect something new with every visit. All the wines are served by the glass, and the playful wine list was created by one of Croatia’s best sommeliers Klaudio Jurčić.

Awards and recognitions:

Recommended by Michelin Guide, 2018.
Seasonal menu