In conjunction with its first year anniversary, Dubrovnik had hosted a special cooking demostration on Croation food to food tasting and I was one of the lucky ones that got an invitation to indulge on their new menu.
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.
The name “Dubrovnik” comes from the actual named city of Dubrovnik which boasts great historical and cultural values that used to be the centre of Mediterranean trade and heritage. Looking back at the history of the food consumed in the Dubrovnik area, centuries ago, there was a lot of focus on healthy food, using organic vegetables and fresh seafood. Through its authentic dishes and exquisite ambiance, Dubrovnik provides a very unique European cultural experience.
Different from the typical Western restaurants, culinary multiculturalism has been practiced in Dubrovnik for centuries, where popular cuisine is prepared over an open fire or on a grill to serving up the most luxurious dishes.
In 2008, Croatian Head Chef Zoran Djumic founded Dubrovnik, the only Croatian restaurant in Malaysia and South East Asia offering European cuisine using traditional recipes from Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Croatia. All the deliciously mouth watering recipes are the fabulously innovative creations of Croatian Head Chef Zoran Djumic himself who has grown to love and know Malaysia since moving to this country 12 years ago.
With a burning passion for cooking from a very tender age, Zoran’s parents did not encourage him to be a chef instead he studied to become an Engineer. He continued his pursuit of his dream of wanting to be a chef by learning European cooking styles from chefs on his travels, getting down to study the roots of authentic traditional cuisine in Europe.
Eventually, arriving in Malaysia and having been in this country for a decade, Zoran’s dream became a reality when he founded his own brand of restaurant with Dubrovnik and created his amazing culinary specialities that are homemade and sumptuous to the last bite. Zoran invested in a wood fire oven for cooking and from hand- made pasta to the bread baked daily in this oven, his insatiable quest for excellence in food preparation demanded pure perfection and true authenticity in his creations.
If any restaurant invests in a wood-fired oven, the Chef is serious about his cooking and in creating luxury dishes of true home cooked food. He painstakingly places a lot of attention and detail to preparation and to the selection of freshest of products and ingredients, combining rustic dishes with the modern cuisine techniques.
He places great emphasis on healthy food, using organic vegetables and fresh seafood in providing patrons of Dubrovnik a very unique European cultural dining experience.