A drive of about 10 minutes along the winding road from the center of town to the first hillock of Medvednica brings you to by far the strongest suit of Šestinski Lagvić – its stunning view of Zagreb. At the edge of a marvelous forest, with a beautiful terrace and the throngs of hikers and other visitors, Lagvić is the perfect destination to reward yourself after a long walk in the fresh air.
The wine that the restaurant serves is the best of Belje, so that you can fill the time while waiting for your meal with a graševina or a cabernet sauvignon. All of the dishes are based on the traditional cuisine of Zagreb and the surrounding area. There is a fine mushroom soup with large button mushrooms, a classic beef soup and, logically – Zagorje soup. It is wonderful to watch the old guard of battle-tested waiters as they elegantly, and without spilling a drop, serve the soup from an almost antique metal tureen – you are immediately returned to the 1970s, all you need is Saša Zalepugin on a black and white television!
How to choose what to eat in the middle of a cold, sunny day from among ham hocks, garlic sausage and blood sausage, each accompanied, of course, with sauerkraut? There is also duck with mlinci (a baked or fried dry flatbread), but our final decision – teleća koljenica (veal shanks or ossobuco). The large, rich portions, 300 grams net, the roasted, halved potatoes and the roasted zucchini and peppers are the absolute stars of the day, although we were jealous of the table next to us when the visually and fragrantly impressive krvavica (blood sausage) arrived. There is also a rich a la carte menu for all other orders.
For dessert there are ice creams, crepes, and salty štrukli, the standard productions of classic, old-fashioned restaurants that have not changed for decades and that return us to some olden, if not to say, better days with instrumental music from the 1950s and 1960s, tiled stoves, red and white embroidered tablecloths, and old, decorated ceramics on the walls.
At the end, you can enjoy the gigantic cherry strudel, tastefully created, hot, full of cinnamon, completely modernized and totally different, definitely a hit with the younger generation.
The restaurant is like a Zagreb time machine, just what we need to escape from the bustle of the city, and after dessert – a walk to Medvedgrad or Kraljičin Zdenac. Zagreb really knows how to be beautiful.
Author of photography: Davor Puklavec/PIXSELL
Contact number: 01/467 4417
Working hours: Monday-Sunday: 10:00-24:00h
Region: City of Zagreb
Address: Prilaz Kraljičinom zdencu 12; 10 000 Zagreb
Price range: 100-200kn