Since we are always on the lookout for new places with nice food and drinks, somewhere around New Year we came across the newly opened Zlica & vilica bistro. We still wonder how because, although it has a nice exterior (perhaps even too much), it blended discretely into the vista of Mislavova Street. Perhaps it might help to improve street advertising somewhat, because the bistro can be easily overlooked among the existing bars and stores. The existing window frame blended in excellently. It has probably been the front to Mislavova Street for years, and still gives a sort of an antique charm to the modern and fresh décor of Zlica & vilica.
This bistro was designed to be an unpretentious place with simple décor, “everyday” food, focused on breakfast and lunch. It is exactly why the weekly menus offer lunches like cobanac (shepherd stew), boiled veal, beans, cod, breaded chicken in the price range of HRK 35 to 60. On Saturdays, the daily menu consists of a Swedish buffet with the entire menu costing HRK 50 (30 for children). Hoverer, this place should not be just a temporary station for a quick lunch, but it also has potential to become something more. This pleasant and not too big a place could work a bit on improving the urban bistro concept, with playful and unpretentious food. The menu is somewhere along these line, but Zlica & vilica should decide whether they are a bistro or a restaurant, and lure younger audiences.
The menu includes some simpler dishes like interesting salads (e.g. chick pea salad, feta cheese salad, roasted bell peppers etc.), delicious soups (veal ragout!), a few hot hors d’oeuvres (risotto with shrimp and shiitake mushrooms) and several meat dishes (beefsteak, sweet chilly chicken breasts etc.). All this could be complemented with simpler dishes to accompany evening drinks. The staff is very friendly and communicative. Taking into regard that most of the visitors come during the day, you might conclude that the wine list is adapted to the lunch menu. But that should not be an excuse for such a limited selection of red wines. White wines outnumber the reds by more than double. The prices are reasonable, but could be somewhat lower.
All in all, it would be a shame that a bar at such an interesting location, with such an interesting décor remains just another snack bar for lunch on the go.
pleasant space, with simple food and the potential to become a true bistro
Kneza Mislava 13, 10000 Zagreb
01 4572 770
Monday through Friday 7 am till midnight, Saturday 9am till midnight, closed on Sundays, kitchen open until 9 pm.
lunches, daily menu of simple dishes.