By Matea Vida
If you visited Zagreb a decade ago you would have struggled to find many restaurants serving international cuisine. There has been somewhat of an influx, especially over the last few years, and now the Croatian capital provides a number of different international cuisine options.
Here are 10 dining options from all over the world in Zagreb:
Bosnia – Sofra
Sofra serves up traditional Bosnian cuisine at their locations around Zagreb city. If you are a fan of meat then Sofra is the place to go. The menu also features a number of traditional Bosnian dishes such as sogan dolma, Bosanski lonac and bamja.
Brazil – Rodizio do Brasil
Rodizio do Brasil, located on Selska 215 (where pizzeria Baschiera 2 was located), serves the best of Brazilian cuisine, including traditional churrasco barbecue, caipirinhas and other delicacies. The restaurant, which has Brazilian chefs, has an ‘all you can eat’ concept, where guests are regularly served meat from skewers until they have had enough.
China – Asia
Asia restaurant on Augusta Šenoe street in downtown Zagreb was the first Asian restaurant to open in Zagreb. This year the restaurant celebrates its 25th anniversary. They do a very good hot and sour soup and the menu offers the usual classics such as spring rolls, dim sims, tie pan, Szechuan beef, sweet and sour pork, crispy chicken and duck.
Japan – Takenoko
Situated near Kaptol centre and on Radnička street, Takenoko is one of the stand-out Japanese restaurants in Zagreb. The sushi, sashimi, tuna and spring rolls are particularly good, as is the service and ambience. Part of the reason the restaurant has been a success is down to chef Mota Machizukia, who ran the kitchen from day one.
Korea – Cro.K Korean
With the increased interest of Korean tourists to Croatia, a couple of Korean restaurants have opened in Zagreb recently. One of those is Cro.K Korean (Pod Zidom 4). Soups, Korean bbq right on the tabel and BIbimMemil, buckwheat noodles with vegetables in chilly sauce, are some of the options on the new menu. Cro.K Korean have recently extended its vegetarian range.
India – Royal India
Royal India, located metres from Zagreb’s famous cathedral won’t disappoint fans of Indian cuisine. The menu has a good range of startes such as samosas, chicken and fish pakoras, a number of different soups and salads, as well as traditional favourites like the tasty murgh tikka, butter masala, rogan josh, saag gosht, prawn masala and vegetable platter. You get to select how hot you want your curry on a 1-5 scale. A range of naans and desserts can all be washed down with either a lassi or Indian beer.
Italy – Ristorante Carpaccio
There are a number of Italian options in Zagreb but one worth checking out is Ristorante Carpaccio on Teslina street. They serve a good selection of carpaccios such as beef, tuna and salmon, soups, appetizers and salads to get you started. Great selection of pastas and italian wines and cheeses also.
Mexico – Pirate’s Karaka
Situated at number 12 Andrije Hebranga street not far from the main square, Karaka Pirate is one of the top-rated Mexican restaurants in Zagreb. The decor at the pirate-themed restaurant is pretty cool and helps create a good atmosphere. Enchiladas and Burritos and reasonably priced for the portion sizes.
Russia – The Pushkin’s Office
Another recent addition to the international cuisine offering in Zagreb is the Russian restaurant The Pushkin’s Office on Boškovićeva street. Of course Borscht is on the menu as well as other soups and favourites like hunter’s stew, Siberian pelemni, kebabs, Shashlik, Cossack-style steak and Russian pancakes.
Sri Lanka – Curry Bowl
The Sri Lankan Curry Bowl, run by two Sri Lankan brothers and located on the happening Tkalčićeva street in downtown Zagreb, has only just opened its doors. The restaurant offers a number of traditional Sri Lankan dishes including Kotthu Chicken, Devile’d Beef, and Curry Chicken. Opening reviews have been decent.