What could appeal to tourists more than the chance to chug back a couple of native oysters from Ston amid the most beautiful town on the Mediterranean? No wonder Proto has served dishes going back to Edward VIII, king of England!
Nestled in the heart of Dubrovnik's Old Town, on the corner of Siroka Street and Vara, it universal appeal lies largely in the opportunity to eat well, simply and conveniently. A deep reverence for heritage, combined with unsurpassed culinary credentials, has meant that Executive Chef Boško Lonac’s simple but succulent dishes have been an indisputable success. Traditionally renowned for Dalmatian seafood concocted according to the old recipes of Dubrovnik fishermen, Proto is a favorite for celebrities like Bono and Richard Gere.
The menu offers such a tempting range of dishes – from škampi na buzaru (shrimps in garlic, white wine and parsley) to fresh fish served filleted – that it’s almost impossible not to over-indulge. Specials of stuffed gratinated lobster "PONTA OŠTRA" (risotto with wild rice, truffles and mushrooms), and plump, freshly caught shrimps in saffron sauce on mounds of saffron rice, were two outstanding seafood plates, the expertly balanced flavors and textures indicating world-class talent in the kitchen. The cheese from the Island of Pag literally just melts in your mouth. They also have a rich selection of local wines.
It’s the freshness of the fish that really stands out though with carefully selected ingredients served on the sheltered summer terrace as well as in the quiet, sophisticated interior. Ponta serves some of the most creative cooking in the region.