Asparagus, young vegetables, spring salads, veal steak, pork cheeks and knuckles, tuna steak – these are just some of the specialities one may find in the “Spring in Okrugljak” offer, listed on a separate piece of paper within the restaurant’s menu.
This shows the practice of amplifying the offer of standard dishes, which made this exceptional Zagreb or Šestine area restaurant so famous, with all the best of nature available in a specific season. And Okrugljak’s team is really good at presenting these seasonal fruits to its guests.
Tuna steak was wonderfully made. Evenly pink in the centre, only with several neat “scars” of the grilling pan on the outside, which kept firmly together the tender tuna fish meat. The warm salad made of potato and arugula was a delightful match, but with this bright yellow and green, something red or blue was simply missing. A tomato or an aubergine.
Baked onion soup was also good, but the apple strudel was delicious: the request to serve it with some vanilla ice cream was cheerfully, but unobtrusively, acknowledged by the waiter. He was also surprised to hear the request for balsamic vinegar. He apologised for not having reduced vinegar, said he would definitely taste this new combination, and recommended another combination – strudel and ice cream with some fine pumpkin seed oil.
In general, service in Okrugljak is excellent and almost invisible. An incredibly hectic Sunday afternoon was made seem easy by the restaurant’s waiters who slowly waited on all the tables, and yet swiftly served the food and took away the plates. They also found the time when passing by the tables to ask if anything else was needed and then managed to bring it back to the table in only a couple of minutes. From the moment of sitting at the table until leaving Okrugljak, the three-course lunch lasted for a little bit longer than one hour. With no rushing to finish the meal, at lunch time over the course of which, as could be heard around, they prepared and served 70 kilograms of duck meat.
It should also be noted that the restaurant’s table wine is very good and a selection of bottled wines is enormous.
Author of photography: Tomislav Miletić/ Pixsell
Contact number: 01/4674 112
Working hours: Monday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Region: City of Zagreb
Address: Mlinovi 28; 10000 Zagreb
Price range: 200-300kn