Marcellino restaurant is probably the most fashionable and definitely the most expensive restaurant in Zagreb. Mario Cerhak, head chef and restaurant owner, started profiling his concept in the city center, in Frankopanska Street, but then moved couple of years ago to Jurjevska cesta, to the pleasant decor of Iva Majoli’s tennis center. Perfection and emotion are the basic determinants of this innovative chef, who is always joined in the kitchen by several highly educated chefs. During the seven year since its opening, Marcellino has asymptotically come close to haute cuisine and that’s why it continuously attracts select crowds, often people from abroad during their temporary or prolonged stays in Croatia.
During the recent visit to Marcellino, in the intimate atmosphere of a dinner, we tried the sample menu consisting of four courses they call Classic, which represents former culinary hits from Marcellino kitchen, i.e. their classics. At the beginning we got some risi-bisi with young peas, nicely served in a tall glass. The Classic sample menu consists of a mildly spicy asparagus soup, three types of pasta making a great creation on the plate, sea bass fillet in Meneghetti olive oil sauce, and at the end, a perfect warm cheese cream. With dinner, we had some Batic Pinot Gris that perfectly complemented these perfect delicacies. With the professional service and intimacy provided by Marcellino’s decor, you simply need to feel special in this place, but that experience for two persons will cost you almost a quarter of an average Croatian salary.
Marcellino cultivates the approach of perfectionist plating, small portions and slow food. The wine list is satisfactory, but it could be a bit longer concerning the high standards Marcellino is aiming at. We won’t comment the prices – to each his own.
professional approach, impeccable service, delicious food, great plating
Jurjevska 71, 10000 Zagreb
+385 (0)1 4677 111
noon to 11 pm, closed on Sundays
haute cuisine and slow food