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petak, 25. lipnja 2010.

Want To Eat At A Great Croatian Restaurant? Then Head On Down To Dubrovnik......In Malaysia That Is!

The front view of Restaurant Dubrovnik in Mont Kiara, Malaysia.

This one was passed onto me today. Who woulda thunk it? You can find Croatian restaurants in Canada, the U.S, Australia and large parts of Europe. But Malaysia? Apparently so. The only Croatian restaurant in Malaysia, and most likely in all of South Asia. It seems to have really developed a name for itself as well as a devoted following of people who enjoy what gastronomical choices Croatian cuisine has to offer. A perfect example of combining cuisine and culture to be ambassadors of Croatia. The restaurant is a success because of the hard work of owner and Head Chef Zoran Djumic and the general manager, his daughter Dina Djumic

After checking out the restaurants website and looking at the photos, video, menu, but especially the events and goings on with the restaurant, I think he definitely made a wise choice.  It seems to be very popular with people.  I think the fact that alot of the Dubrovnik cuisine and ambience of the restaurant seems to fit in nicely with the local Malaysian scene is because Dubrovnik is for the most part known as a warmer climate location. Dubrovnik is seated at almost the very most southern point along Croatias' Adriatic coast and gets plenty of sunshine during the year, and even has palm trees too. Alot of the dishes include seafood, which is very popular with Asian countries in general. I would really love to hear the story behind this one. Why they picked Malaysia over other locations, with possibly larger European and Croatian populations. Very interesting. I think Mr Djumic should definitely down the road write a book about all this.  Sort of like Kitchen Confidential, which was a recommended book to read by my Chef/Instructor when I attended a Culinary College in the past.

They've been at it for 12 years now and take pride in that.  Products are even imported from Croatia to give as authentic a taste and dining experience as possible. Also what really puts them up a notch or two in my books, is the Croatian flag being proudly displayed in their restaurant. 2 big thumbs up from me on that one. Naaajs! Unfortunately, I can't give a personal review of the restaurant, but you can click onto the links for reviews and more information. You can visit Restaurant Dubrovnik's official website, (from where I used the text ) for more information including video and press downloads here:

Chef/owner Zoran Djumic and daughter/manager Dina

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Dobrodošli! Welcome!

After my father’s long grown passion for cooking and sharing his dishes with others in April 2008 we have finally decided to open Restaurant Dubrovnik. The main concept behind the restaurant was and still is sticking to traditional way of European/Croatian cooking without any compromise on quality. Through our decor and attention to detail we have re-created a piece of Croatia in the heart of Mont Kiara. We do cater to our customers needs, from romantic themed dinners for 2 to specialized company functions....

APPETIZER PLATTER @RM45 has a combination of Strukli, Palacinke and Sofia Salad.

PEKA (traditional Croatian way of preparing marinated meat or seafood, under an iron bell for 3 hours in the wood burning oven) - Chicken Peka RM45 / Lamb Peka RM50. The bell shaped oven steams the chicken in its own juices, which enhances the flavor. The meat is enjoyed alongside potatoes, carrots and rice.

Sarma-Traditional Croatian sour cabbage rolls filled with minced beef and rice, cooked in light tomato gravy and served with mashed potatoes. Something that no Croatian restaurant in the world would not include on their menu.

An introduction to Restaurant Dubrovnik by general manager Dina Djumic.

Dubrovnik Mixed Grill Platter: Cevapi - Minced beef and lamb kebabs / sausages served with vegetable fried rice, Chicken Skewer - chicken lined on a stick with onion and capsicum served with potato wedges. Served with traditional Croatian side dishes

LAMB CROATIA – lamb steak cook slowly in lamb jus &  green pepper sauce, served with broccoli and pommes dauphine potatoes @RM48. The tender and juicy lamb goes together with the deep fried mashed potatoes that were mixed with choux pastry. This version of potatoes tasted good and really helps to soak up the delicious gravy.

 PALACINKE (RM15) Crépes filled with cream cheese, baked in the wood oven with egg and cream topping

KOZICE (RM59) Grilled fresh water prawns baked with garlic, parsley, olive oil and egg sauce. Served with Mediterranean rice.

....The only Croatian restaurant in Malaysia, and probably the only one in Southeast Asia, Dubrovnik is definitely very different from the typical Western restaurants. Offering authentic European Mediterranean dishes, Dubrovnik uses traditional recipes from Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Croatia.

A lot of attention and detail is given to food preparation and to the choosing of the freshest of products, combining rustic, home-made dishes with the modern cuisine accomplishments.....

Chicken Zagreb (Zagrebačka piletina)

Some behind the scenes footage at Restoran Dubrovnik.

Traditional dishes cooked in wood fire oven.

Dina Djumic being interviewed for Malaysian televion TV3

....All the sumptuous recipes are the wonderfully innovative creations of Croatian Head Chef Zoran Djumic who has grown to love and know the Malaysian market well since moving to this country 12 years ago.

From hand – made pasta to the bread baked daily in a wood fire oven, this quest for excellence in food preparation demands perfection and authenticity in the culinary offerings.

Dina Djumic
General Manager

Partial inside view of Restaurant Dubrovnik

Opening Hours

Tuesdays – Sundays : 11.30 am till 11.00 pm
Mondays : Closed


Dubrovnik Restaurant KL
J-0G-14, Solaris Mont Kiara,
No. 2 Jalan Solaris, Mont Kiara,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : +60 03 6203 6780
Fax : 03 6203 6780

Some scenes of the actual city of Dubrovnik, from whence the restaurant gets its name.

Where to find Restoran Dubrovnik.

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