I plead guilty. I’ve been absent for a while. Being caught up in other projects (yummy ones nonetheless), didn’t stop me from exploring Zagreb’s restaurant scene. On the contrary. So many new places popped up that I still haven’t managed to visit every last one of them. But, I’ve been to plenty and that’s why it’s so hard for me to pick and choose only one to write about first.
So, instead of just one, I’m presenting you with my 3 current favorites (in alphabetical order). Just in time for the weekend.
Never judge a book by its cover or a restaurant by its name. Beštija is far from a “beast”. It’s a super-cute bistro that took over the space where once was California Burrito (before moving to Gajeva). On a Saturday afternoon, the cozy bistro was extremely busy and packed. We managed to get the last table for two but I strongly suggest you make a reservation, especially for bigger parties. On the menu, you can find a few brunch options, a daily special and a couple more main dishes, made with fresh seasonal ingredients.
I rarely (if ever) order chicken when eating out but one bite of their grilled chicken was enough for me to know that these guys know what they’re doing. While I almost never order chicken (but help myself when my company does), I love to order fish fillets. Two reasons.
First of all, I want to know how fresh the fish they serve is. If it’s fresh at all. Second, I take a perverse pleasure in scrutinizing that poor sea creature in the hopes of (not) stumbling upon even a hint of a fish-bone. Beštija passed with flying colors.
Also, the swiss chard, chickpea and orange sauce combo, together with the perfectly cooked fish made quite a mouthful.
I love museums. But, I don’t like eating in them. The mere thought of it is kind of desecrating for me. But, you’re not actually eating IN the museum here, just next to it. And I’m down with that.
I made a cardinal sin before coming to Brokenships, though. I asked my friends who’ve been there before what their impressions of the place are. Never do that. (But you can still ask me, though ;))
It is a tourist spot, no doubt but their modern twist on some of the most beloved Croatian old school classics (Kalja, people!!!) is something worth trying. My favorites are for sure the creamy pea risotto (rizi-bizi) and bruschetta with meat from “tiblica”, but the falafel, although most definitely not traditional is one of the bests I’ve had in a while.
While the weather is still warm enough, book a table on the terrace, kick back with a glass of wine or a beer and share a few dishes between friends. All of them come in two sizes, small and large, which makes them perfect for sharing. Sharing is caring.
The first time I heard about these guys was way back in July. One bite into their burger and I was hooked. Yeah, me and burgers, you know it. But, they can actually cook, and not just burgers.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Oh, and smoothies. All of it prepared from fresh, local ingredients, perfectly cooked and plated beautifully.
2 daily soups and a couple of mains (veggie, fish, meat) may not seem like a lot of options but it’s more than enough to find something you like. If not sure what you should go for, the extremely friendly and helpful staff are more than happy to share their insider’s info.
Planning a romantic, but still cozy night out? Perfect spot. Just make sure to make a reservation, and enjoy!