It would be tempting to call King Konoba the region's best kept secret, but as soon as you mention to somebody that you are staying in Plat (whether they have lived in southern dalmatia for years or are just a tourist a few days into their visit), the first thing that they ALL say is that you absolutely must visit the King Konoba once (which will undoubtably not be your last visit)...
The Restaurant is located a few metres down the hill that leads to 'Hotel Orphee and Villas Plat' and facing south gives you an amazing view as the sun sets over the Župa dubrovačka coastline and the Adriatic Sea.
The restuarant is completely family ran, the owner is also the head chef, with his children waiting and we had the privilege of being the first customers as they opened for this years season.
We were greeted downstairs by the owners daughter who had just opened up the small bar downstairs (nice to wait in if they are busy or you haven't made a reservation, which I would recommend as the restaurant was getting fuller each day, you don't want to miss out!) and lead up stairs to select where we wanted to sit and then shortly met by the owner, a warm, genuine and personable character and an exceptional cook!
The menu offers a good choice of Dalmation style seafood and meat dishes and all meals came with sides which could be changed to your tastes (by our 3rd visit the staff had seemingly learned how we liked to eat and changed the side platter to suit us!) and all of the meals we had were reasonably priced with good serving sizes (you will never leave hungry, this does not mean you won't want more, it's so good!)
We were shown the selection of (daily) fresh fish and offered various ways to have it prepared to our liking, the restaurant soon surrounds you with luscious aromas as you are cooked for in an open stone fire with a wood fire grill (even the wood smells amazing!)You can really tell that you are being cooked for and not just having mechanical orders cooked despondently by a disgruntled chef.
The owner's daughter was our principal waitress and served us every night with a genuine beaming smile no matter how busy she was and always seemed happy to chat with us and ask what we had been doing... warm and personable, just like her father!... (his son appeared later at busier times and though we didn't see him as much he certainatly seemed to fit the mold!)
Our first taste of King Konoba was the shrimp platter we had as a starter, the biggest whole shrimps I have ever seen, you can taste the freshness. The shrimps had been prepared with locally produced olive oil, lemons and various herbs, it tastes AMAZING and literally makes you want to lick the plate, we would use our bread to mop up every last drop.
The fish was equally as fresh, cooked perfectly and prepared with a similar selection of herbs and oils (the 'shrimp' sauce, a mix of white wine, herbs and small prawns is perfect and also went well with the fresh sea bass on sadly my final visit and the pork in mushroom sauce is great too!) all of the food was made with just the right compliment of ingredients, complex enough to taste great but simple enough not to overpower the tastes and leave you with culinary 'white noise'.
The only dessert we tried were the crepes - perfect! So good and with variety of flavourings that we didn't stray from them.
We were offered a complimentary drink or two of cherry liquor, homemade by the owner's friend on our first and final visit and ended up taking a bottle home!
We were offered a free drink on our next visit because after our first meal we said we would be coming straight back the following day, but could not because they had a wedding party of 50 people in the next night.
On our second visit we would not have thought that the owner and his family had been working the wedding until 4am and then going to work a full day before returning for the evening to serve us if we hadn't asked how the wedding was, we were equally as well looked after!