Where to eat

Food and Travel (UK) - - Gourmet Traveller -

Prices are per per­son for a three cour­ses, with half a bot­tle of wine, un­less oth­er­wise stated.

Agava Slightly el­e­vated from the buzzing street be­low, pro­fes­sion­al­ism shines through in ev­ery dish. There is a strong Mediter­ranean streak in the wide choice of dishes, from tagli­olini with pump­kin and Gor­gonzola to gilt­head fil­let with chive emul­sion and roasted Si­cil­ian pota­toes. From £30. Tkalcˇic´eva 39, 00 385 1 482 9826, restau­rant-agava.hr

Dubravkin Put The beau­ti­ful wooded location con­ceals a highly so­phis­ti­cated min­i­mal­ist in­te­rior. Out­stand­ing plates in­clude prawn soup, de­con­structed vitello ton­nato (an Italian veal dish) and sweet­breads in herb and pis­ta­chio crust. Ex­cep­tional wine list. Seven-course tast­ing menu from £50. Dubravkin Put 2, 00 385 1 975 4834, dubravkin-put.com

Lari & Pe­nati Named after Ro­man house­hold gods, the menu changes daily. Perch on high stools, enjoy the ex­cel­lent range of light dishes, ribs and wings, then de­camp to its new Croa­t­ian wine bar next door. A large plate and half bot­tle of wine cost from £10.

Petrin­jska 42A, 00 385 1 465 5776, lar­ipenati.hr

Mali Bar The small, un­fussy bistro is reg­u­larly packed for the vi­brant dishes from TV chef Ana Ugarkovic. The Croa­t­ian ver­sion of mar­ke­tled tapas might in­clude home­made chicken liver and foie gras pâté, breaded and fried monk­fish cheeks with Thai dress­ing and salad with nas­tur­tium, or sticky and spicy chicken wings with tzatziki. From £25.

Vlaška 63, 00 385 1 553 1014

Pod Grickim Topom Fre­quented by politi­cians and vis­it­ing dig­ni­taries (Hil­lary Clin­ton, to name one), the ter­race is the place to be on a sunny day. Re­gional and clas­sic Croa­t­ian cook­ing at its best in­cludes veal baked un­der a peka (a bell-shaped oven), shrimp risotto and sea bream with white wine sauce. From £25.

Zak­mard­jeve Stube 5, 00 385 1 483 3607

Vin­odol A lo­cal favourite, the food here never dis­ap­points. Cen­tral Euro­pean spe­cial­ties in­clude cream of porcini soup in a bread loaf, spit-roast lamb, veal, steaks and trout with al­monds. Twice a week they bake soparnik (cheese and chard pie) – be sure to get there on time. From £25. Tes­lina 10, 00 385 1 481 1427, vin­odol-zg.hr

Zin­fan­del’s The beau­ti­ful restau­rant at the Es­planade Za­greb Ho­tel has a lovely ter­race for al­fresco din­ing. Chef Ana Gr­gic is one of the lead­ing Croa­t­ian cam­paign­ers for sus­tain­able fish­ing, and ex­cit­ing menus in­clud­ing John Dory with yel­low car­rot foam and black lentils are tes­ta­ment to this. Five-course tast­ing menu from £55. Es­planade Za­greb Ho­tel, Mi­hanoviceva 1, 00 385 1 456 6666, es­planade.hr

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