January 18, 2019 Uncategorized No Comments

Dubravkin Put


Day two of the fine dining exploration of Zagreb dawned and my head was just a touch fuzzy from a day of drinking a fair scoop of wine. 

After a hilly wrong turn on my stroll in its direction, I eventually alighted upon today’s destination, Dubravkin Put about halfway down the hill I’d accidentally topped. 

The place had a stylish feel and felt very far away from the city with its woodland setting although it was barely ten minutes from the heart of the city.

It was a sleepy Wednesday and again distinctly chilly so it was no surprise to find the place sparsely populated but a few tables of fellow diners did appear during service.

At lunchtime they serve a straightforward a la carte with their tasting menus saved for dinner. This was A-OK with me as the list held plenty to tempt.

I opted to start with the tuna tartare then followed with some chicken soup served intriguingly with truffle grits dumplings. I added some housemade tagliatelle with local sausage and pecorino Romano for main.

The helpful and friendly waiter felt a little overawed when I suggested he pair me some wines – their sommelier wasn’t working lunch service – but I assured him the alternative was to let me choose the wine which would likely be truly calamitous.

The starter soon appeared looking very bonnie. The elegantly thin slices of raw fish were topped with a caper sauce, pomegranate seeds, cherry tomatoes and rocket. It was a well-executed classic.

The soup was not quite so good. I wasn’t a huge fan of the thin and slightly sweet broth but the grits were really light and flavourful restoring the dish to a pleasing standard.

The main course was another quality dish with excellent pasta, a well-judged tomato sauce and plentiful sausage pieces. It was another piece of accurate and satisfying cooking.

After a quick coffee, it was back to strolling – downhill this time – and reflecting on an enjoyable lunch.

  Dubravkin Put may well reserve the fireworks for their evening service but lunch was still packed with charm and plenty evidence to suggest an evening visit would be a very worthwhile endeavour. Next time I’m here I will do just that and look forward to seeing how things go.

Scores
Blythe scores Dubravkin Put
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 16.5/20

I ate: tuna carpaccio, chicken soup, tagliatelle with sausage

I drank: local bubbles and white wines

I wore: Hawaiian uniform

Total bill: 443
Written by BKR