Zagreb, the charming and historic capital of Croatia is an exciting city to visit while traveling through the Balkan States. The region of Zagreb dates back to the Roman times and is saturated with history and culture. There are many excellent places to visit, as well as to dine, while exploring Croatia’s capital city.
Zagreb Cathedral and Old Town
I spent a few days in Zagreb during a six week exploration of the Balkans and Eastern Europe. On my first day in the city, I decided to let my intuition guide me to a sumptuous early dinner. I had just arrived by coach from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and was ready to ‘Wine-Down’ from a long journey.
I have always enjoyed mixing an upscale dining experience when I travel, especially if I travel solo. For myself, it balances long days of exploring, picking up street food or eating at a local café. It just allows me to feel a bit more civilized with and relaxed while traveling. Just remember to always create some type of balance in anything that you do!
Bistro Agava is recommended in the Michelin Guidebook for Croatia – Bib Gourmand Award. What an outstanding find in Zagreb!
As I was walking through Old Town and taking in the charm of Zagreb’s old world feel, I glanced to the left and saw Bistro Agave. It was a handsome looking restaurant with white linen tables, inviting tiered seating and it was calling my name. This is where I decided on being for the next couple hours in Zagreb, drinking local wines and dining on Modern Mediterranean cuisine.
—— On the Table ——
However, above all, this restaurant stands out with its excellent offer and it is no wonder that many gastronomes and sincere connoisseurs of food consider Agava and chef Belizar Miloš to be the best in the city of Zagreb.-Bistro Agavae Website
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV
A glass of champagne to begin with, of course! As soon as I was seated on the terrace with a view of Tkalčićeva ulica, the lovely street that I had wandered on, my kindly server offered a glass of champagne. A glass of bubbly was what I needed after my long journey from Sarajevo and he brought out an award winning French champagne, Billecart-Salmon Brut. It was perfectly chilled, crisp with a light fruit taste; it was a beautiful beginning.
Agava has an impressive and extraordinary wine selection that has been hand selected by Award Winning Master Sommelier, Darko Lugarić.
Rosemary Herbed Focaccia
This bountiful basket of fresh focaccia was a splendid start to my meal. I remember tasting this flavorful bread and thinking, “Either this is the best focaccia ever or I am very hungry!”. I know that I was famished but I am heavily leaning towards this being a great focaccia.
Foie Gras de Canard
It is a very difficult task to direct me from not ordering any type of foie gras, once I have seen it on a menu. Especially an exquisite and tasteful plate of foie gras, such as this. I loved the presentation of this dish, it was fanciful and colorful, plus the paisley shape was playful and creative. This was an extraordinary tasting foie gras with a slightly sweet pear cream and a nice texture of almond crumble- phenomenal flavors!
A Glass of Griffin
The staff at Bistro Agave are professionally trained to pair your courses with wine. In cases like this, I always have my servers choose my wine with my meal to get the full gastronomic experience. For my next course, I was offered a glass of Ivancic Griffin Single Vineyard which was a nice and lightly fruity white wine from Plesivica, Croatia.
To have your wine professionally paired with your courses, should be experienced in every country that you visit. When you pair your dishes with the country’s regional wines, it is even better! Agava Restaurant in Zageb is noted in the Michelin Guidebook for Croatia – Bib Gourmand Award. This gorumet bistro has a fine selection of Croatian wines that can be perfectly paired with their Modern Mediterranean cuisine.
Pasta Fuži with Truffles
Another favorite luxury of mine are truffles, white or black, I love them both and everything in between. Bistro Agave offers a well executed traditional Fuži pasta tossed in a black truffle cream sauce, with a flowering display of shaved truffle leaves and a bright golden flower.
Guanaja Grand Cru Chocolate & Almond Tart
Take your pleasure seriously– Charles Eames
And that I did with this delectable sweet chocolate and almond tart. Another of my favorites is to delight in a dense almond tart and I had noticed that in the Balkans, almond tarts are a favorite. Bistro Agave served up the ultimate in almond tarts, with their Guanaja Grand Cru Chocolate & Almond Tart. It had the almond flavors that I enjoy but elevated with the luxury of Grand Cru Chocolate.
The beauty of wine paring in different countries is the discovery of favorite regional wines. During my dessert course, I was offered a lovely wine that I had never tried before. Prosek is a Croatian dessert wine, which for me was not too heavy. It was subtle and a terrific way to finish up my early dinner that was paired with a lot of wine- živjeli!
For restaurant location and information, please visit their official website – Agava Restaurant in Zageb
For more gastronomy 👩🏻💻➡ What I ate in the Balkans – Part 1 – A Food Journal
Wine is a passport to the world-Thom Elkjer
Yours Truly wine-ding down at Bistro Agave
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