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“Exceptional owner .. and the best meal we had in Croatia” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Konoba Malta

Konoba Malta
Ranked #141 of 160 Restaurants in Korcula Island
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Croatian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Gold Coast, Australia
Level Contributor
115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Exceptional owner .. and the best meal we had in Croatia”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

I had read about Konoba Malta here on TA and our group decided we wanted to eat there when we took a daytrip to Korcula from nearby Orebic where we were staying.

Others have already given detailed instructions on how to reach this restaurant - its a good idea to take them with you, as we did, as it is well off the main road. Its a very rustic place in a rural setting ... the owner lives on site. If you want a traditional Croatian experience this is a great place to try. Don't expect five star service - it is how it is.

We decided to head straight to the restaurant after getting off the ferry to see if it would be open for lunch. Good decision because we were able to order the Peka, (note if you are travelling "out" of season you must order the Peka in advance) for lunch and whilst we were talking with the owner in a mixed form of English/Croatian/Italian he insisted we have some liquers ... and not just one! He is a very friendly generous man who clearly enjoys his life and making his customers happy.

We went off to explore Korcula town and afterwards we returned for a late lunch, again greeted by the owner offering us home made liquers - self service - I think there were about 6 or 7 to choose from. He also took us to the traditional outdoor kitchen and showed us the peka cooking under the bell - it smelled divine and we knew we were in for something special.

We had the starter of home made prosciutto and hams and cheeses ... they were the best I have eaten in Croatia together with lovely crusty bread. Followed by the peka (a selection of meats and vegetables - I think potatoes, zucchini, onions and peppers). It is cooked with plenty of oil - its not a light meal at all, but bread helps soak it up, extremely tasty.

After lunch the owner took my 10 year old son down to his fruit trees and insisted my son pick some ripe apricots to take away with him - many of them actually... He then went off on his scooter returning 10 minutes later with icecream which he proceeded to give us for dessert.

We visited on a week day in late June and were the only diners there. We so enjoyed our afternoon at Konoba Malta and the warm and friendly service provided by the owner.

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  • English first
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English first
Warwick, England
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Off the beaten track with a difference”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2010

Yes, it did take us 2 attempts to find it, off the Lumbarda road near the Car Ferry road junction' just past the 100 steps to St Anton church but well worth the experience. Mr 'MALTA' is very hospitable even though he speaks little English. If Son-in-law Goran had not been around to translate we would have had to choose from a variety of photographs. This is a basic country 'cantina-type' establishment with gratis home-made schnapps and liqueurs : the recommended choices are traditional cold meat starter, 'PEKA' (a variety of local meats and vegetables cooked in a stainless steel bell under a bed of coals - and very tasty too) and palacincky (pancakes) all ordered either earlier in the day or the day before. With newly made German friends for company, this turned out to be a lovely experience and surprise, the gastronomic highlight of our 2 weeks in Korcula, certainly a meal with more than one difference, and in the end, well worth the effort in locating this most laid-back rural place to eat and drink. The word Restaurant is far too posh! and yet again you can enjoy nightingales singing in the background.

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1 Thank Travellingacc0untant
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Haddington, United Kingdom
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209 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful food in a beautiful setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2009

We only managed to eat lunch while we were there as it was always fully booked for dinner and I am not surprised. After walking up from Korcula town and climbing up to the Chapel of St. Anthony we followed the signs to 'The Malta'. Set in a very rural rustic setting we were greeted by the owner who gestured us to help ourself from the 'Ligueur Table', this was an assortment of bottles of the hosts home made beverages as well as a few well known makes & the odd malt whisky. On the menu were all sorts of local produce from seafood, poultry, pork, beef & lamb mostly produced or caught by themself. We had fish caught that morning and chicken served with their own grown vegetables washed down with glasses of their home produced wine and even more liquers. tart with a sause followed, more wine and yet another liquer. The host then produced a ladder & climbed up the fig tree which we were sitting under and hand selected the most juicey wonderful figs I have ever tasted these were put in a basket and set on the table to let us help ourself, yet another liquer 'just to be sociable' and even more wine. A fellow diner suggested that he was feeling a bit drowsy after the hearty meal [nothing to do with dozen or so liquers he had drunk] and the host promptly appeared with a camp bed and pillow which the dinner laid down on and fell asleep for two hours while the rest of us enjoyed the chat in the shade of the fig tree & even more liquers & wine.
I expected to be charged for all the liquers when the bill finally came after a very enjoyable 4 hour lunch but no these were on the house and we were only charged a very modest amount for the home made wine. The host and his family speak virtually no english. the menu has pictures so you have a good idea what you are ordering, but the hospitality is the best I have experienced anywhere round the world

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4 Thank MikeBR
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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233 reviews
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“Excellent local cuisine and hospitality but don't judge by appearances!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2009

We'd seen a review of Konoba Malta before we travelled to Korcula, which talked of the local cuisine and the warm hospitality. We'd read that it wasn't easy to find and, sure enough, it took us three days to find it.
Its right on the outskirts of Korcula, off the road to Lumbarda. From Korcula or the Car Ferry Terminal, head for the road to Lumbarda. A short distance from the junction with the Lumbarda road is a road off to the left which passes a bar and a supermaket on the right. Continue up the hill to the top of this road and at the T junction, Konoba Malta is signposted to the right. This road bears left up a hill at the point that a long flight of steps lead straight ahead up to the church of Sveti Antun (St. Antony). Continue up and over the hill through some trees and the road emerges into a triangle surrounded on two sides by houses. Take the right fork and start to go down the hill and the road leads straight to Konoba Malta.
We arrived there on our cycles on a hot afternoon. We weren't really prepared for what we found. The main restaurant area has the appearance of a gazebo with brick pillars at each corner and a tiled roof. The menu is limited. The owners speak very little English. At first there seemed little to cause us to want to eat here. We debated between ourselves for a while but there was something indescribeable that caused us to book a table for later that same eventing.
The owner, Ceska Jurjevic, had arrived on a motor scooter as we were debating and we tried as best we could to ask about the food available. Eventually he brought us pictures of the food and we were able to understand the different meats and fish that were on the menu.
When we returned that evening we were greeted with complimentary drinks from a selection of local spirits. He brought brought a tray of uncooked meat fish and seafood to the table for us to select from and having done so, he took it away to cook. The meals he returned with were delicious.
The complementary drinks continued through the meal and after the maincourse we were treated to local melon.
Six of us were there that night directly as a reult of having seen the review on trip advisor. What we experienced was Croatian hospitality and cuisine second to nothing we saw at any stage during our holiday in the area. By the end of the evening we felt that we had done more than enjoyed a superb meal, we had also gained friends.
At first sight, this may seem like an unlikely place to enjoy good food but that was certainly our experience and it was sealed with a parting gift to us of a bottle of their own label brandy!

Don't judge by appearances, overcome your reservations like we did and you'll be made most welcome.

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3 Thank Bruce K
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