Tavern Matejuška is located just shy of fifty metres from the sea in a renowned Split inlet and in a quiet and secluded alley. Their concept is pretty straightforward. Due to the proximity of the sea and traditions related to the famous local fishermen, this is a place where they serve Mediterranean food made to traditional recipes, yet with a fairly strong dash of modernity. The tavern itself is stunning, authentic and compact, brimming with scents, wood and stone.
Traditional and tasteful. As if there is no passing of time. The interior at Matjeuška is brought to life by small details ranging from a fishing net, objects from typical basements of yore to ropes used to dry small clothing items and the indispensible jersey of the local football club. A couple of small tables for two in the secluded alley give the place a particular charm.
The menu is based on seafood. When it comes to meat, there are only steaks and a bit of chicken. But there’s a steak that stands out because it’s served in shrimp sauce. There are four types of breakfast to start things off. However, if you come in the afternoon and your appetite is built up, you can open the season of relishing Dalmatian specialties by ordering Pjat Matjeuška (Matjeuška Plate). You’ll get a board with tastefully arranged anchovies, prosciutto, cheese, marinated olives and tuna pâté... Let it be known who has the world’s best local seafood! You also have the really huge minced tuna steak tartare to get things going. And it’s really huge...
When it comes to warm starters, you have seafood and continental risottos and homemade pasta, as well as three salads if you prefer light meals, followed by main courses. Noble fish, tuna steak, squid and shrimp. Basic and classic dishes. After all, why change the winning team, right? There’s one dish that’s not traditional and deserves to be singled out – black cuttlefish risotto with vegetable. Daring and interesting! The wine list is unusual because, alongside a few safe-bet labels, it contains about fifteen wines produced by the same winemaker, i.e. Matela winery. A courageous decision with a few interesting varieties which are difficult to come by in other restaurants (babica, maraština...).
For dessert you can choose from cake Matjeuška, chocolate caramel cake and white chocolate mousse. Clear and concise, just like the entire concept. Matjeuška is next best thing if you’d like to experience taverns as they once were. It’s small, tiny, compact and teeming with details. This is the perfect spot for foreigners to get to know Croatian tradition and how people used to eat, drink and live in the old days. A tiny alley, a beautiful park you have to walk through to get to the sea which is just around the corner makes everything perfect. Matjeuška is place oozing simplicity for every occasion, a place where you’ll always know why you came there in the first place. This really is a special place!
Author of photography: Ivo Čagalj/Pixsell
Contact number: 021/814-099; 099/422-2933
Working hours: Monday - Sunday: 08:00-23:00h
Address: Tomića Stine 3 21000 Split
Price range: 100-200kn