Zagreb’s ever expanding gastro scene is always on the rise and with longer days and increasingly warmer weather, staying in seems like a bad idea. Andriana and I decided to make the most of our Saturday evening while wondering through Zagreb’s prettiest park (No matter what season), Zrinjevac which was hosting a sweets festival.
For a change, I wasn’t interested in dessert and needed a proper meal, at first we thought we should check out Vinodol Restaurant located on the trendy Nikola Tesla Street but after a rather non-elitest experience at the newly opened & over-hyped Barbieri’s Bar & Restaurant two weeks ago, I wasn’t in the mood for a fancy place that could let me down. I needed a place I could 100% rely on to feed me hearty organic food and after reflecting back on our first team meeting at Bistro 75, we decided it deserved a second visit.
Bistro 75 opened it’s doors end of 2015 and it’s Preradovićeva Ulica address is one of Zagreb’s most prominent and well connected roads, just a two minute walk to the main square. Everything in Zagreb revolves around it’s proximity to Ban Jelacic Square.
While browsing the menu (also available in English, so feel free to ask), we sipped on ice cold water with fresh lime. The menu is short, precise and not too confusing, it also changes daily. There was a selection of fresh salads, falafels, burgers and burritos. Bistro 75 has made a name for itself with it’s sandwiches and they are busiest during lunchtime. Andriana and I carefully dissect each option on the terrace, often admiring the stunning Zagreb sunset.
I’ve decided on the organic chicken and potato salad, with an extra garden salad and sweet potato fries. Vedran Gulin, the owner of Bistro 75 takes a look at me, “Trust me, we will eat it all,” I say. Andriana and I are single handedly educating each restaurant in Croatia that we can and will eat it all… as long as it’s good.
The lightly seasoned and crispy skinned chicken left no room for negative feedback while my potato salad with spring onions complimented my meal just nicely.
“Andriana and I are single handedly educating each restaurant in Croatia that we can and will eat it all… as long as it’s good.”
Andriana opted for a slightly healthier meal with a citrus & gorgonzola cheese salad. She didn’t really talk much and failed to offer me any so I’ll assume that it was great.
Sweet potato fries aren’t really a “thing” in Croatia, unlike in London where you can find them on almost every menu as a side. However, at Bistro 75 the hand carved and oven baked sweet potato fries are definitely a healthy and appetising extra.
Andriana and I spend almost every minute of everyday together and you’d be surprised to hear we don’t really argue. On the other hand, one of the things we are known to argue about is who will have which dessert. Neither of us like to share a plate of sugar between us so we’ll always order one for each, just like this plate of warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, berries and edible flowers.
While collecting our polished plates, Vedran sniggers, “It wasn’t good, right?” Everything is great when it’s made with a little love and thought. Where can you eat in Zagreb for less than £20 for two people? At Bistro 75, that’s of course if you’re not drinking alcohol. Bistro 75 is also known for it’s famous home made vine from their own vineyard. I can’t tell you whether it’s good or not but judging how well it went down between Tin and Andriana on our first team meeting, I can only assume it was something special.
Bistro 75 stands as one of my highly recommended places to eat in Zagreb and judging by the conversations around us, it’s the secret little spot for tourists in the know.
Will I be back? 100%