Besides cooking and reading cookbooks, I also love to go to restaurants and try out new delicacies and find inspiration in other’s creations. I am pleased to say that Zagreb offers more gastronomical experience than ever before. In this story I’m talking about my latest gastro adventure, located in the city center, Russian restaurant called Pushkin’s office.
Although at first it doesn’t look like something special, the building is just a cover, by entering in this lovely basement you feel like you’re stepping in some Russian bistro place. A great little place to escape the noisiness of the streets and enjoy good food in dimmed space. There’s also light Russian music playing in the background. All in all, ambiance is nice, not kitchy but comfortable.
For starters I would definitely recommend some aperitif, also known as Kremlin vodka. Although I am not a huge fan of this spirit, this vodka is something refreshing and wonderful. It is made form barley and goes through 30 distillation processes.
It is served in frozen cups and has no odor or taste. I was a bit afraid to drink this, because sometimes I suffer heartburn when drinking strong spirits, but you don’t feel this vodka until it comes to your stomach where it starts to keep you warm.
Osoblje je iskusno, ljubazno, profesionalno i uslužno. Jako mi se svidjelo što je gospodin Bobo, koji nas je posluživao, zbilja upućen u rusku gastronomiju te zna vrlo dobro objasniti o čemu je riječ.
Menu is like the ambiance, neat and not spectacular: it offers couple of soups, 10 main menus and couple of desserts. Focus is on quality, although the quantity is satisfying as well. It’ slightly pricey, but not too much considering it’s the city center.
Let’s talk about the important stuff: the food.
I chose borscht, the famous beetroot/cabbage soup with beef. With some sour cream and dill this soup keeps everyone filled and refreshed. The taste is the combination of beef stock and sweetness of the beets. Lovely.
Then I chose name called Moscow vareniki, which I’d say are dumplings stuffed with potatoes and fruit of the woods (like mushrooms and herbs), topped with fried onions.
For dessert I had a cake called Pushkin, made from pastry and almonds, not too sweet but very enjoyable.
All in all, I am very pleased with this experience and will be going there again this weekend.