My First Dining Experience of Croatian Cuisines!

My trip down to Kuala Lumpur this time around was graced by a food review invitation to Dubrovnik, a fine-dining Croatian restaurant in a two storey building nestled in the bustling Solaris Mont Kiara. It was indeed a unique European Mediterranean dining experience.

A crest can be seen in the entrance glass panel. Upon stepping into this restaurant, you could feel yourself being enveloped by a truly homely feeling with stone walls and high pillars creating a nice and cozy ambience. There’s a lounge on the ground floor for customers to mingle about and a cozy dining area in the upper floor.

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The restaurant offers authentic European Mediterranean dishes, using traditional recipes from Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Croatia. The entire menu was created by Croatian Head Chef, Zoran Djumic. He has been living in Malaysia for the last 12 years, and is accustomed to the local flavor very well. It was his brainchild to have the traditional wood burning oven to reflect authentic Croatian culture, while the pastas and bread are handmade daily.

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Upon our arrival, we were served with a variety of Cocktails and Mocktails. Enjoying our drinks in the lounge overlooking a video depicting Croatian culture, the drinks were indeed refreshing and a treat to the taste buds. As with many places, there is a great selections of cocktails and wines to enhance your dining at this restaurant. Among the beverages that we enjoyed that day was the Ananas Refresher, Cosmopolitan, Snowball and my particular favorite, You Complete Me. My drink was made up of a blend of fresh blueberries, apple juice and yoghurt! The prices for the Cocktails and Mocktails range from RM16 right up to RM30.

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The restaurant management makes it a point to ensure the usage of the freshest products while paying attention to details in food preparation. The end product? A combination of rustic, home-made dishes with the tinkle of innovation on the traditional cuisines.

The first dish that we had was freshly baked bread with Vegetable Salsa dip of tomato, eggplant and capsicum. It was followed up with delicious soup, ranging from the creamy Krumpir soup, Due Colori soup to the much lighter Eigenmachtez soup. The portions are reasonably large, and it was a pleasure indeed indulging in a totally new cuisine!

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Bread with appetizing Vegetable Salsa Dip

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KRUMPIR SOUP and the DUE COLORI SOUP

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EIGENMACHTEZ (Austrian chicken and vegetable broth, served with Croatian dumplings) RM15

This APPETIZER PLATTER @RM45 has a combination of Strukli, Palacinke and Sofia Salad. I find a liking to the Strukli. The dumpling filled with cheese is fried with breadcrumbs and served with sour cream. This appetizer  is just right to kick start the meal.

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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.

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PASTA SPALATO contains fresh garganelli (penne) with capsicum, spinach and chévre cheese @RM 28. Most of us are quite familiar with this pasta dish but I find that it has a special acquired taste to like it.

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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.

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Another meaty dish is the Traditional Steak Korcula – RM48. The overnight herb marinated beef loin is pan-fried with mushroom sauce, butter and flambeed with Cognac right beside our table.  The meat is very tender but the taste is slightly on the saltier side. Their Manager Ben shared with us that Croatians prefer to have their food that way.

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I got the ‘permission’ to have some fun…hands-on :)

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The meat was slightly saltier but it was delicious nonetheless

To finish off the meal, we were served with desserts and sweets which utilize fruits like apple and oranges. I had the desserts with a cup of freshly brewed black coffee. This APPLE PITA @RM16 with thin crispy dough has a warm creamy apple filling and is delicious taken with the cold ice cream.

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MILLIE FOGLIE – RM18. This crispy and tasty pastry is filled with fresh light vanilla cream of the right sweetness.

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The ROYAL CHOCOLATE CAKE – RM17 is a rich piece of cake with hazelnut praline base, topped with bitter chocolate for that royal touch. This irresistible piece of cake goes especially well with my black coffee.

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From the awesome chocolate cake, we moved on to the refreshing ORANGE TART – RM17.  The almond tart was filled with orange zest, light and delicious. We seldom get to see tarts baked with oranges in Malaysia.

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Another dessert that utilizes orange is the CREPE SUZETTE – RM18. The two pieces of thin pancake is cooked in citrus orange sauce and then Cognac flambéed at our table. It is an interesting way of preparing the pancakes, the taste was awesome and full of orange flavor.

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I’ve came to know that this is the only Croatian Restaurant in the whole of Malaysia, although I have yet to confirm this personally. However, serving such rare cuisines definitely brings a different to Dubrovnik compared to other common Western eateries. Here is a short delightful video clip on the restaurant and the food, courtesy of food lover, Christopher.

This fabulous dinner was made possible thanks for the invitation from Alice George Communication and special thanks to Dubrovnik’s general manager, Miss Dina for sharing the various Croatian dishes with us. Make a visit to Dubrovnik for a dining experience where Croatian cuisines come with good service.

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

Tel  : 03 62036780

Business Hours  :  11.30 am till 11.00 pm  (Tuesdays – Sunday)
Closed on Monday

GPS Coordinates : N03 10.499   E101 39.594

Website :  www.dubrovnikrestaurantkl.com

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31 comments so far

 1 

wow! another celebrity chef in making? I think so! :0

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May 22nd, 2009 at 1:37 am
 2 

you rock!!! :)

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May 22nd, 2009 at 8:44 am
 3 

What a nice restaurant with nice food!

Woohooo… CK, are you going to be a chef? ;)

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May 22nd, 2009 at 9:23 am
 4 

The food looks so good!

By the way when cooking look at your food lor …. if not later on fire susah ….. dun look at the lengjai walking in …. :P

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May 22nd, 2009 at 9:37 am
 5 

wahh..the peka seems geng~ 3 hours with its own juice..mouth watering~

did a survey on this restaurant b4 but ended up my friend opted michealangelo.

taufulou´s last blog post..Monster vs Aliens

May 22nd, 2009 at 9:42 am
 6 

something new and refreshing-good post!

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May 22nd, 2009 at 9:45 am
 7 

i love the desserts…nicely decorated!!! N of course, you too, love gorgeous CK!!

SimpleGirl´s last blog post..Hong Kong Desserts

May 22nd, 2009 at 11:06 am
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Big Boys Oven – Just joining in the fun of the night.

New Kid On The Blog – Do try out the dining experience in this restaurant on yr KL trip.

Selba – Indeed a nice dinner…enjoyable, with me joining in the ‘cooking’.

email2me – No worries, CK can cook & look at lengjai at the same time…haha

taufulou – Bookmark this place in your makan list.

foodbin – Glad you like it. This cuisine is indeed new to many Malaysians.

SimpleGirl – Looks like both of us like desserts. There are plenty more variety, do drop in and try out the food. Thanks for your comment :)

May 22nd, 2009 at 11:38 am
 9 

very interesting dishes, more so bout the desserts. I wished I followed the other day …hehe … but i slept throughout the weekend! ‘geng leh?”

J2Kfm´s last blog post..Foh San Dim Sum Restaurant in Ipoh – Old Is Gold?

May 22nd, 2009 at 11:45 am
 10 

Wow, impressive. Going international nowadays eh?

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May 22nd, 2009 at 11:52 am
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J2Kfm – There will always be another outing together, moreover you needed that rest.
Do check out this restaurant on yr next KL trip.

Timothy Low – I like to try every type of cuisine. Do pay a visit too… the food is nice and different from the usual ones.
Btw…hope to see you again.

May 22nd, 2009 at 12:30 pm
 12 

the place is soo luxurious..and the food looks delicious…thanx for the posting

Hong´s last blog post..of Gardens and Flowers….for the Girls

May 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm
 13 

dessert looks fantastic!!!

May 22nd, 2009 at 2:45 pm
 14 

Impressive review!
The desserts looks so inviting!

May 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm
 15 

certainly a different cuisine ..been meaning t otry this plc..should be soon ;p

thenomadGourmand´s last blog post..Butter me all over…

May 22nd, 2009 at 6:05 pm
 16 

Oh I thought I was looking at a celebrity chef. You really look like one!! Beautiful review :)

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May 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm
 17 

Haven’t tried Croatian food before. Sounds interesting!

May 22nd, 2009 at 9:16 pm
 18 

I’ve finally done the post lol. was great seeing you again CK, definitely a funny gang eh? I wonder when can we put up our super sexy picture out ;)

christock´s last blog post..Croatian goodness @ Dubrovnik, Solaris

May 23rd, 2009 at 12:22 am
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Hong – Thanks for dropping in…glad to share with you.

Jane Saw – Indeed…in fact I can’t stop eating.

allie – The desserts are good, especially those with orange.

thenomadGourmand – Hope to see your review too.

buzzingbee – Looks can be deceiving…haha. Just having some fun during the review.

food-4tots – Do give it a try…it’s a totally new experience.

christock – Very happy meeting you again. Thanks again for sharing the super video clip. All of us had so much fun doing the review, taking so many photos with some only for our eyes …haha
Btw…you did a great post :)

May 23rd, 2009 at 12:52 am
 20 

I am gonna try their Lamb Croatia, looks so yummy to me.

May 23rd, 2009 at 11:18 am
 21 

You definitely a Star….celebrity chef, he!he!he!

May 24th, 2009 at 3:36 pm
 22 

the virgin Euro fresh brush must be truly invigorating

backStreetGluttons´s last blog post..5-course Chinese dinner for 5 under RM50

May 24th, 2009 at 3:45 pm
 23 

My Taste Heaven – Do share your review with me too.

foodntravella – Was just having some fun during the meal.

backStreetGluttons – I am very happy to have the chance to try out this new cuisine :)

May 24th, 2009 at 7:30 pm
 24 

Wow, feel like having a feast of king and queen! The lamb croatia looks really inviting!

May 27th, 2009 at 11:00 am
 25 

I have never tried Croatian cuisine before. Thanks for the recommendation. Now I know where to go for Croation.

Alan´s last blog post..Ko-Fu Loft

May 28th, 2009 at 11:19 am
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sakaigirl – Besides that, there are also many more choices in the menu.

Alan – You are most welcome. Feel free to look for their Manager Ben to recommend some dishes to you.

May 28th, 2009 at 6:56 pm
 27 

CK…gorgeous dishes!!! Pssst… it’s better than the slavic one in Penang, isn’t it? In KL this cuisine definitely stay longer because of expats…sighh.. when can PG have such status ya?

pixen´s last blog post..Spicy Chilli-Garlic Prawns

May 31st, 2009 at 5:44 am
Tan
 28 

Wow CK Croatian foods also into yr menu liao!! Well you will love Croatia more than the foods!

June 9th, 2009 at 7:32 pm
 29 

Planning to come here for lunch tomorrow hehehe

March 3rd, 2010 at 1:37 pm
 30 

Simon Seow – Hope you have an enjoyable outing. Do share your review with us,ya :)

March 3rd, 2010 at 1:59 pm
 31 

Wow! I am surprised. Never could of thought that Croatian restaurant exist in Malaysia! Really nice surprise, and if I may add the food looks really good.

November 18th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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