RESTAURANT UJE Oil Bar
Restaurant Uje Oil Bar opened in 2013 and quickly gained attention among the foodies in Split and Croatia. Stylish, bistro-style interior is warm and welcoming, the staff is kind and the food is beautifully traditional with a great twist. Their menu is based on olive oil and autochthonous flavors and largely depends on the availability of fresh, local food. Specialties such as homemade ice cream with olive oil, bruschetta with sauerkraut and shrimp or cuttlefish on Venetian style are some of their bestsellers.
They have tables outside on the lovely cobbled street or you can have a cozy dinner inside. The restaurant is also olive oil/delicatessen shop with a small selection of several tapas-style dishes, and olive-oil tasting options. You can buy Croatian olive oils and olives based products like tapenade, Croatian wines, jams, chocolates, as well as a variety of kitchen accessories like wooden spoons, bowls and cutting boards (all made from olive trees).
In 2017 in the city center they opened Uje deli, a specialized store offering selected delicacies from Croatia and aboard where you can buy special hams, cheese, traditional Dalmatian food like pogača from Komiža, homemade bread with olive oil and surprisingly quite a lot types of beers from Croatia and aboard.
The restaurant has rustic light-wood interior which is very charming and offers alfresco seats in the alley. Restaurant and wine bar is an excellent addition to the oil shop. The location is also a plus though it’s in the palace it’s away from the hustle and bustle of that area so you can have a nice quiet dinner here and get away from the crowds in the large squares and the Riva. The menu here is seasonal and changes from day to day but there are a few permanent fixtures on the menu. One of them is the Olive Oil Experience which is three types of olive oil based dips with fresh bread.
Uje oil bar is a great choice to have a late breakfast or brunch which in Dalmatia is called marenda. They are serving it from 10 to 12. You will have a true Dalmatian brunch experience here! They try to revive this important tradition – remembering the time when people in the past were working from sunrise in a field to have a pause for maranda and bevanda.
Usually first comes Dalmatian prosciutto, bacon, cheese, anchovies and scrambled eggs, and after you can choose a frigadura (depending on the daily offer on the fish market, mostly gavun). For the daily menu, you can usually find goulash with a homemade pasta, shrimp with slanutak and other delicious food.
Make sure you stop in earlier in the day for a reservation – but sometimes you can find a free table. Uje Oil Bar Split can accommodate about 30 people inside, and another 40ish outside.
Price range : from 70 HRK , 10€