After trespassing the kitchen boundaries to capture the chef’s assistant preparing my meal for the “grill” – a person with serious knife skills and great quality of amusement – I found myself watching the gutting and the cleaning of “my fish” with much frenzy. He, the chef’s assistant, made sure to strike a pose for my viewing pleasure every time nobody was watching us. I’ve never felt so seduced by a sous chef before!
With every bite comes a wave of sublime affectation followed by eternal submission.
After the private rendezvous, I followed “my fish” to the inside unit of the kitchen where it got lightly marinated in a homemade olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and herbs sauce. At that point, I could barely control the excessive mouth watering secreted by my salivary glands.
You feed me well once, you feed me well twice, and I’ll marry you! And that’s how my marriage to Croatia remains faithful and delicious.
My fish makes its way to the outside “torrid” heated charcoal grill made out of wood piles prepared by the man himself, The Chef!
5 reasons why…
Locally farmed, organically grown, freshly caught are the daily prayers taken seriously by the people here. Take a walk behind the restaurant and you will find yourself overlooking an immaculate little farm. I was told that literally everything on my plate was from the surroundings. They even make their own wine. Sustainability is a Croatian thing.
The chef’s name is Tripo. He owns the restaurant together with two brothers, Pave the wine maker and Toni the fisherman. A family affair running since the summer of 1995. The Chef suggests: “If you eat something cooked or from the grill, be sure to order the fish pavé, which is the specialty of family.”
the sous chef
Love at first sight, what else can I say. I got to chat with the sous chef for a bit while taking a little siesta at the beach after lunch. Besides his charming cooking abilities, I learned that Drasko is an inspiring actor and someone with extensive music and art knowledge. We spent a good 15 minutes listing our favorites musicians and artists.
Stoncica cove is a stunning crystal clear bay about 15 min drive from the town of Vis. It is the only sand beach on the Island, making it perfect for a comfortable shade seating by the beautiful sea. In this cove there are about 10 houses, which a few of them can be rented for those craving a little time away from crowded beaches.
Croatia has been on my “once a year list” of summer travels for a while. I’ve experienced it by sea and by land. I’ve eaten the most delicious meals and drank the best homemade wines. Without any doubt, this restaurant is by far my best recommendation for those looking to experience authenticity at its best.
How to get here:
Call for reservation: 21 711 952
By ferry from Split or Hvar then a 15 drive from the town of Vis. There are not public transportation to Konoba once arriving to Vis. Car rentals and scooters are available at reasonable prices. Street park then wander down the path to the restaurant. Advice to book your ferry and car rental beforehand, specially during high season ( July-September).
By private sailing or power boat. The large protected bay offers many quiet corners for anchorage.