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“Great location, good food and service”
Review of Kantun

Kantun
Ranked #3 of 33 Restaurants in Vis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $99
Cuisines: Croatian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 31, 2011

We visited here on the recommendation of our hosts and were not dissapointed. We met with some farily indifferent service while on Vis but the service here was friendly and efficient. We arrived early at about 7pm which was fortunate as they were soon turning people away. We got a table outside which overlooked the habour and boats. Very good food, traditional Croatioan starters with a slection of fish presented to you to choose, we had one between us which was of ample size. Reasonable choice of wines at reasonable prices. We skipped the dessert in favour of the ice cream shop near the old town, again recommended and worth a visit. Overall a very pleasant and friendly restaurant in a cracking spot.

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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Kantun is at the end of the marina esplanade walking away from the ferry and toward Kut.

There are a few tables outside on the waterfront; more tables inside (I would avoid these as they're near the blaze of the wood/charcoal oven); and two private tables in an enclosed terrace off the main dining room. The night we ate at Kantun, it was a warm night but the wind was up, with thunderstorms on the way. This room at the back was perfect - surrounded by plants and vines and sympathetically lit, with an open shuttered window looking out to the sea. Go and see for yourself: I wanted to eat outside but this is lovely and if you want it, you're best advised to book in the morning.

We were a party of five: two parents, two teenagers (not foodies but like good food!) and a friend from Zagreb who knows Vis well. The fish (kokot - a hard- to- find local fish cut in cross sections rather than filleted) was excellent. A selection of fresh fish was shown on a platter and we chose exactly what we wanted. (Fresh fish falls into categories on Vis - ie 1st and 2nd category, and is priced by category/weight/type but in a good restaurant, the waiter will show you their fresh catch, help you choose and cost it for you). Kokot is a white fish - (a bottom feeder, so I'm told!) with a taste and texture somewhere between sea bass and cod. The fish was grilled to perfection, moist, still firm and falling away from the bone.

The steak was good quality fillet, cooked rare, and devoured in its entirety by the pickiest eater in our group. The others chose lamb, brought in from Brac and marinaded in rosemary. garlic, herbs and oil to tenderise. The potatoes were delicious: lightly sauteed and salted - (and it's surprising how hard it is to find sautee/chip/fries on Vis! Most potatoes come boiled, steamed or in a garlicky mash). Grilled vegetables (courgettes, aubergines and tomatoes) and a green salad were simple but perfect side-dishes. For those who drink wine, the wine was a local wine - Plavac "Zvonik" by Zorotovic. Zorotovic is currently one of the best vintners on Vis - and you can buy a bottle of his locally produced white (Vugava) and red (Plavac) at the small bodega opposite Val restaurant (open from 19 h or when you can catch him!). The boys drank ledeny chai and home-made lemonade.

Puddings and desserts aren't really a Vis speciality. Most people gravitate toward the two main ice-cream shops in the evening. A few of the better restaurants offer creme caramel or flan; and patisserie - not necessarily made in-house. Kantun's desserts are just two: home made spiced carob cake and chocolate cake - very filling, but good. (I think I'd share one between two.)

Kantun's menu list might not be as extensive as others but that isn't their intention. They aim to provide the best quality fresh food, simply and excellently done. And that, they do very well.

Kantun isn't cheap. Pojoda, much longer established on Vis, is more sophisticated - but at Kantun, there is a better choice of meat than at Pojoda where the meat dish (a good local stew) hasn't changed for the last three years. At Kantun, the service is quiet, personal and attentive but never intrusive. At Kantun, you have the feeling that they really care whether you feel welcome or enjoy your meal. And although our table was in the courtyard, the owner and the waiter walked through several times during our meal just to ensure that we had everything we needed. No turning, waving of hands, frustrated eye-catching efforts - when we needed more water, water was brought.

Other restaus on Vis to recommend: certainly Pojoda in Kut - probably the best, but expect to pay a price for it. And although the waiters are friendly, service can be slow and frustrating when the restaurant is full.

Vatrica - on the waterfront in Kut - a lovely location, often busy, friendly but the menu doesn't change much and sometimes dishes are over-seasoned or lack seasoning when they are really busy. Price - probably around the same as Kantun but a more extensive menu.

Stoncica - down on Stoncica beach just outside Vis. Yes, that bit under the rushes really is a restaurant and if you like fish, possibly the best place to eat fresh grilled fish on Vis. Insist (in a friendly way) in seeing what they have - choose early in the evening because the catch of the day goes fast. Stoncica does laid back beach restaus extremely well - and for those of you with teenagers, you can get french fries! But don't be fooled by the modest setting - Stoncica isn't cheap either if you have fish. (The pasta dishes also look good and are a cheaper option).

Pizza - great pizza place between Kut and main town Vis. Set up on a platform under the oleander and palm trees. Doesn't look much but it's the best. Try their white pizza with garlic. And they do takeaways. No puds.

Val - no, don't rate Val. Always busy - but our experience was poor. We had to ask for serving spoons twice; no salt or pepper on the table and none offered; two of us indicated that we would like grilled fish - and the fish was already cooking before we had completed our order! The steaks were good though the green pepper sauce was odd. Only boiled potatoes for the potato choice. The cucumber salad wasn't a salad at all but sliced cucumber and slightly dry.

Service? The patroness (?) was friendly in the beginning, then Indifferent once the order was taken, switching to rude when finally asked if we had enjoyed our meal - and we replied that we'd have liked to have been given a choice of fish. (I'm not greedy, but the portion was very small and my older teenager was still filling up on bread at the end of the meal! At K1000 for four without dessert and one bottle of wine, that's not good value.)

On arrival at Val, there is a bustling about in a grand show of bonhomie. But diner beware: Val is Valkyrie Val, and waiters who forget spoons and bread are publicly and loudly castigated. (Not sure if they die in battle later but it makes you reluctant to ask for anything). Won't be going back.

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