Located high above the capital’s centre, at an arm’s reach from the beautiful Cmrok sledging slope, Bistro Apetit always provides a breath of fresh air, and its terrace makes it even more appealing during the summer than during the winter. Bistro Apetit is one of Zagreb’s leading trendy restaurants and has been receiving guests for a number of years. It’s a flattering, but well-deserved title given that our new chef, young Teo Ivanišević, goes to great lengths to make the food innovative, interesting, tailored for foodies and sensual even as you go through the menu.
Free jazz and light pop music coming from speakers, an abundance of plants and an indescribable lightness of being are just some of the impressions that will make you want to come back to Apetit. But the varied menu is the thing that will particularly blow your mind. There aren’t too many dishes: three kinds of soup, six hot and cold appetizers and main dishes respectively, but each and every one of them will make you think and say - wow, this could taste delicious. In a nutshell, it is delicious.
To start things off we have the red mullet Escabeche. The dish’s amazing simplicity is based on the small fish, the sweetness of fermented garlic which defies the acidity and freshness of grapefruit, orange and lemon. And then we have the almighty chive which in a way acts as the stern organiser. A miracle! Egg cream with cheese strudl and Txogitxu jerked beef is really something else. It’s drizzled in Chiavalon olive oil and as intriguing as pristine and undone scrambled eggs accompanied by two more ingredients which would work wonders if they were to be served as a separate dish...
Bolognese sauce containing ground venison and boar meet with home-made papardelle abounds in vegetables, wine, scents and flavours...
Roasted garlic soup with red wine braised octopus with a dash of lardo (Colonnata) on top is something you definitely don’t want to miss out on. The soup’s brilliant thickness and the tentacle hard enough to give a sensation of a struggle while not wasting much of its Mediterranean flavour...
They have 211 wine labels, but the wine list is to be significantly altered quite soon... For starters we have Coronica malvasia, followed by Meneghetti and San Servolo for beer lovers.
Pork cheek ravioli with grilled sage, baked pears and sautéed leeks definitely stands out in the specialties listed on the winter menu. An incredible barrage of flavours finally leading up to a flavour reminiscent of the ground in a deciduous forest. Just like when you’re happily lying under a big oak tree... Crispy grilled sage would by itself make a perfect snack for any sports match...
Although we take pride in offering several delicious desserts, we would like to single out tačkrl. It’s an old Zagreb specialty which could be described as a dumpling for model students, potato pastry, jam, Brie cheese and apple crumble on top. Absolutely wonderful when served with apple rakia.
Bistro Apetit is a place you have to revisit on multiple occasions just to have a taste of all the wonderfulness put forward by the 26-year-old chef who has worked in Monte Mulini and Ikarus in Salzburg. You can feel his riveting story from Rovinj and the rest of the world while overlooking Zagreb. And what a wonderful story it is...
Author of photography: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL
Contact number: 01/467 7335
Working hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 24:00 h
Region: City of Zagreb
Address: Jurjevska 65A, 10 000 Zagreb
Price range: 200-300kn