Agava Restaurant, located at 39 Tkalčićeva Street. Agava opened in 2005, and is operated by owner/partner Chef Belizar Miloš, who previously worked at the famed hotel Esplanade in Zagreb. The restaurant has received numerous positive reviews, from a variety of sources, and was one of only four Croatian restaurants to receive the Bib Gourmand award in the Michelin Guide 2019. This is awarded to those restaurants that offer a good quality menu, simple but skillful cooking, and cost under 40 Euros for three courses. Their menu and wine list also were enticing, so I made my choice.
The food menu is separated into two sections, Mediterranean dishes and raditional Croatian dishes. A Tasting Menu is also available, 5 courses for 420 kuna ($63 US) with an optional wine pairing for an additional 210 kuna ($31.50). The Mediterranean section features Starters (5 choices 68-110 kuna), such as Angus Beef Tartare or Foie Gras de Canard; Pasta & Risotto (3 choices 108-165 kuna), such as Ravioli with hummer, sweet tomato confit, burratina, & basil oil or Risotto with beetroot, foie gras mousse, & almond crocant; Soups (3 choices 42-49 kuna), such as Oxtail or French Onion; and Main Dishes (6 choices 85-329 kuna), such as Angus Beef Tenderloin, or Bluefin Tuna Steak.
The Croatian section features Starters (4 choices 48-87 kuna), such as Zagorski štrukli (Dough stuffed with fresh cheese & light cream) or Octopus Salad; Salads (3 choices 25-89 kuna), and Main Courses (3 choices 99-160 kuna), such as Dalmatian "Pašticada" with home made dumplings or Oven Baked Octopus. Prices are very reasonable.
The Wine List is primarily composed of Croatian wines, with some French Champagnes and a few Dessert wines from France and Portugal. There are about 19 wines available by the glass, in a 0.1 liter size, priced from 15-39 kuna ($2.25-$5.85 US). By the bottle, you'll find about 3 Croatian Sparkling Wines, 5 French Champagnes, 28 Croatian Whites, 2 Croatian Rosés, 26 Croatian Reds, and 9 Mixed Dessert Wines. The list has a diverse selection of Croatian wines and certainly is an excellent place to learn more about what Croatia has to offer. Many bottles cost from 155-300 Kuna ($23.25-$45.00 US), which are also comparatively very reasonable prices.