Dubrovnik Day 2: Lunch at Dubravka

Dubravka, located on Brsalje square, just at the Pile entrance to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com
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This is the second in a series of posts exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2015. You can follow the series in full here.

Our second day in Dubrovnik’s Old Town and after a late lunch at Koloseum on Sunday, we take the opportunity of a few extra hours sleep (catching up on Friday/Saturday/Sunday) and have a late breakfast in our apartment, having stocked up in the local Pemo market the night before – bread, butter, milk, bananas, enough to knock together a light breakfast.

After spending a few hours getting the full lay of the land, we wander out of the Pile gate (pronounced peel-a) in the Old Town, walk up along the coast road for 20 minutes, double back and head to Dubravka, not even a hundred yards from the actual gate to the Old Town.

Outoor seating at Dubravka. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Outoor seating at Dubravka. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

There’s a couple of things of note about Dubravka.

First off, it offers everything – a gift shop, currency exchange, jewelry, take away desserts, come what make. We skip the lot and make for the restaurant, grabbing a table by the wall overlooking the cove below, would-be kayakers getting a last lesson before heading out for a paddle.

Wine and water to start at Dubrovka with the city walls in the background. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Wine and water to start at Dubrovka with the city walls in the background. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The menu is extensive and breakfast options are bookmarked for later in the week. All the staff seem to speak English with ease and for the Spanish, French and German guests dining, they’ve someone dedicated to look after your needs whatever language you’re speaking.

The vegetarian pizza at Dubravka. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The vegetarian pizza at Dubravka. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

With wine on the table, we both opt for pizzas, Herself taking the vegetarian option (tomatoes, cheese, mushrooms, fresh vegetables, sweetcorn, olive, oregano) while I go for the Adriatic option (tomatoes, cheese, zucchini, Adriatic prawns). The bases aren’t too thick, there’s a good mix between the tomato and cheese and good crust, all essential ingredients for an enjoyable pizza.

The side of fries are deep fried and nothing to write home about but the pizza is our main concern and there’s not a crumb left behind.

The Adriatic pizza at Dubravka, complete with Adriatic prawns. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The Adriatic pizza at Dubravka, complete with Adriatic prawns. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Service is most friendly, prompt and we’re well looked after. Looking back at the week, one thing I quite like (contrary to what others may think) is being left alone for the meal, particularly after the meal. There’s no sense of rush or urgency to get you away from the table and it’s most welcomed.

The lunch bill at Dubravka came to 266kn or just shy of €35. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The lunch bill at Dubravka came to 266kn or just shy of €35. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

All told, lunch comes to just under €35 and when the waiter returns, he gives me an unlimited-use card for 10% off further dining either here at the square or in their sister restuarant at the top of Mount Srd (accessible by cable car from just outside the Old Town). The pizzas are good value, the Adriatic (with Prawns) coming in at a shade over a tenner for a main course.

Dubravka would be visited again – first for breakfast and a second lunch later in the week.

This is the second in a series of posts exploring Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2015. You can follow the series in full here.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.