New York City has come to Zagreb!
I’ve been keeping a secret from you, there are a few places I frequent but haven’t written about! I figured you need to know about 50 A Burger & Champagne Bar at Europe Trg in Zagreb. Luka and I used to walk past it all the time and were curious about it, it’s small but looks so good and is always busy. We’ve eaten there at least 5 times already in the past two months and always bring our friends visiting Zagreb there. Why? It doesn’t disappoint. The food, the service, the ambience, it is just a cool place to eat.
50 A Burger & Champagne Bar opened it’s doors about a year ago and has been slaying the burger game since. Owner, Adena hails from New York City and in an ambitious move, opened up a piece of New York in the centre of Zagreb city!
Two weeks ago, a new menu emerged, it still had it’s famous burgers but a few extra options were added. We were invited to the the opening party and enjoyed a casual Friday afternoon with our friends from Australia. New to the menu are the spicey chicken wings which is not something I would ever consider to order but I tried them and I’ve been back for more. They come in 1kg buckets of delight and go perfectly with the polenta fries. yes, polenta fries, something you don’t come across often in Croatia (including sweet potato fries).
A great Martini is hard to come by in Zagreb, according to Luka but at 50 A Burger & Champagne Bar, he’s known to order a couple. I enjoy Bar 50 because I get to have a specialised mocktail that I refer to as “my pink lemonade drink.” It tastes like rose flavoured lemonade and is stiff like a gin, minus the gin. Yes, I do miss gin sometimes and Bar 50 is one of the few places in Zagreb offering 1724 tonic water, a type of tonic that’s perfect even on it’s own on some ice and slice of lemon.
Truffle fries? Of course. With cheese & truffle aioli? Do I really need to say much more?
Luka’s love at Bar 50 is the Philly Cheesesteak.
I’m still very boring with my burgers and not experimenting with sauces and added extras. This is my version of the 50 classic with beef patty, cheese and red onion. Don’t judge me. The first time I came here I did try the vegan burger which comes with a quinoa patty and I loved it. Luka has also tried the truffle burger that’s new on the menu and highly recommends it also.