Tavern Mate in Pupnat is the essence of what a tavern is and what it should be: a place where good friends meet to enjoy good food and music and to enjoy themselves. The taverns should also be managed by families that are deeply involved into the life of the tavern, families that know what they cook. And they surely know how to cook in Mate. Their entire family is involved into different processes of food preparation and pre-preparation. From fishing to working in the vegetable garden, from salty to sweet. Lemonade, dried tomatoes, brandies, sour samphire, basil, mint, cakes, it all comes from the workshop of the merry family Farac. Their energy and domestic approach can be felt in every dish.
For starters, they will offer you the Farmhand’s Platter that consists of two types of goat cheese, grilled eggplants and zucchini, eggplant spread, home-made samphire and capers, a little bit of prosciutto and fine home-made bread that changes depending on the inspiration coming from the kitchen. Further selection of dishes is not big, but is just right! A little bit of pasta with local fillings or vegetable sauce, pasticada with macaroni, lamb or goat meat with peas, a few pieces of grilled meat, fish and clams, depending on the catch from the sea that day. The servings are huge and the prices reasonable. We have to point out that they accept only cash.
Make sure you leave some space for desserts, because that is where they like to show off, they spare no expenses on them! We were thrilled by the lavender sorbet (there is also a rosemary version), and the chocolate cakes with almonds/figs/red pepper are a true bomb!
All this is topped off with the domestic atmosphere, good music coming from the speakers (no, not Miso Kovac, more likely Frank Sinatra or some good jazz), and a few brandies or bottle for the end. Or beginning. Or prolonged enjoyment.
We will definitely visit Mate tavern again, because we are under the impression that we haven’t tried everything they’re hiding in the kitchen that changes depending on the situation in the garden, sea and the surrounding area. It is a must if you visit the island of Korcula! Mate also has an extension in the form of a beach bar that is located in the Pupnat harbor, and we have every reason to believe that it is worth a visit as well.
a true Dalmatian konoba tavern
Pupnat 28, 20274 Pupnat, island of Korcula
+385 (0) 20 717 109
Mon - Sat: 11 am to 2 pm, 7 pm to 11 pm; Sun:7 pm to 11 pm
genuine and authentic food of the island of Korcula