Barbieri's


Gault&Millau Croatia

International
Jeffrey Vella
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Zagreb is breathtakingly beautiful in all seasons. The stretch typified by its tranquillity, tradition and intimate mood is one of the city’s most stunning parts, which is why it’s adored by tourists and locals alike. When you reach the end of Tkalčićeva Street and the commotion turns into silence, that’s where you’ll find the secluded and elegant restaurant Barbieri’s. Everything you expect to find in a modern metropolis and a bustling cultural centre is located here. A smiling and polite waiter will open the door for you and hold your coat. Light notes of not too loud yet subtle jazz accompanied with dark orange soothing light all add to the impression that you’re an honorary resident of the Croatian capital.

Barbieri’s was named after the famed Croatian culinary family and has everything its new chef Jeffrey Vela, who hails from Malta, deems a small yet diverse menu should contain. They offer specialties from the region near Zagreb as well as seafood. What’s interesting is that the menu contains a dish completely atypical of a restaurant held in such high regard. Namely, hand-chopped lamb and veal čevapćići with smoked ajvar, somun crumbs and smoked onion. Do you dare to have a taste? When it comes to snacks, there’s another intriguing unusual dish and that’s “Briljantni dravski perkelt” (“Brilliant Drava perkelt”). If you’re into soups and intense food, only the sky is the limit. Much like the appetizers, desserts are in line with the season as well. The main courses range from the north (Black Slavonian pig - rib eye steak) all the way to the south (octopus stew). Pumpkin soup was the soup of the day, which is ideal when the weather is cold. It has a beautiful orange colour with its scent intensified by pumpkin oil.

Given the fact that Barbieri’s offers turbot fillets from day one, we were served this gentle whitefish on flatfish choice, much like dehydrated collard greens chips with carrots in orange juice. This small yet very delicious fillet was perfectly complemented by Malvasia Kozlović, a gentle pearl of Istria. Both this particular dish and young local beef are daily menu suggestions. The daily list is made up of two suggestions per every day of the business week.

Malvasia Kozlović and Cabernet Sauvignon Franković are the recommended wines. Even though they both originate from Istria, there are about a hundred labels encompassing both Dalmatia and Slavonia, while the products of phenomenal Plešivica winemakers take up a special place. The main course is served with olive oil. In this case it’s Belić oil. Desserts, or “loveliness” as they call it here, are also in line with the season and quality ingredients ranging from local (and foreign) cheeses, a whole range of desserts based on nuts to cooked apples with crumble and sage jus, a dish which is a rare sight in this area.

The dessert, which is something in between a compote and apple pie, will perfectly round off your meal in a really pleasant ambiance. And their slogan is fantastic: “We are Zagreb”. There’s a candle lit on the table, the wine is poured before your very eyes, you can choose between a view of old Zagreb or a modern kitchen manned by young chefs. One thing’s certain. You’re bound to have a great time at Barbieri’s. It’s time to enjoy!

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number: 01/6446-502

E-mail: barbieriszagreb@gmail.com

Working hours: MON - SUN: 11:00 - 2:00

Region: City of Zagreb

Address: Ul. Ivana Tkalčića 90, 10000,Zagreb

Capacity: 0

Price range: 100-200kn

Restaurant description:

Restaurant Barbieri’s was named after the famed Croatian culinary family and has everything its new chef Jeffrey Vela, who hails from Malta, deems a small yet diverse menu should contain. Everything you expect to find in a modern metropolis and a bustling cultural centre is located here. They offer specialties from the region near Zagreb as well as seafood.
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