BALTAZAR TEAM

THE OPTIMAL COMBINATION OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE

In a country with 3.8 million soccer, handball and other players, it is well known that the combination of youth and experience is always a winning combination. Thus, for 40 years, the Baltazar team has been led by the world’s longest-serving selector, the legendary Bobo Čimbur, from table number 19 with a firm hand and a ringing voice, a hospitality legend whose charisma is woven deep into the foundations of Baltazar. From the very beginning, Boba was accompanied by his and our lady, Mirjana, who, with her love and talent for interior and exterior decoration, made Baltazar and its enchanting garden a place where many people gladly come and reluctantly leave.

Next to them is the executive director Tamara, who manages the operational and administrative business of the restaurant in the broadest sense; from communication with suppliers to designing menus for our guests, both business and private. In the last few months, Tamara has been performing her work tasks even more successfully thanks to the help of her little son Ivan, who provides her daily office support. Spiritius movens Baltazara is our creative director Igor, a man of inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm who, apart from constantly thinking about innovations in hospitality, loves humanitarian work, cheerful colors of clothes and AC Milan the most.

The manager of the restaurant for 20 years is the first mustache of Ferenčica, Milan Martinko, better known as Micek. The hospitality legend of Zagreb has probably performed more weddings in his career than any Zagreb registrar, he doesn’t use his days off, and he loves Dinamo most of all. We continue the series of icons with Ilija Lovrić, who with more than 30 years of experience in the number of appearances in the Baltazar jersey is right behind Bobi.

Ilija is the good spirit of our restaurant, which a good number of guests hug and kiss when they arrive at Baltazar, and the fact that the famous Sarajevo writer Miljenko Jergović mentioned him in one of his works speaks volumes for his significance. Miroslav Puljek, better known as Kumica in his Dubrava, is probably the only man in the world who has a fear of deep water, and who can distinguish between a friar, a pizzeria, a sardine and a spar at a distance of a kilometer. Mirek has only been in Baltazar for 21 years, and he mostly takes Mondays off. One of the best Croatian sommeliers, Goran Petrić, has only been at Baltazar for one season, but he has already managed to win the hearts of our guests with his encyclopedic knowledge of wines and his impeccable style of dress.

He claims that he was an excellent football player and that only this injury prevented him from achieving a great career. As a midfielder between the hall and the kitchen, there is another veteran, our Mladen Momić, a boy from Zagreb in his golden years who takes care of the procurement of groceries and knows Dolac like the back of his hand.

The kitchen orchestra plays under the direction of maestro Matija Bregeš, whose quiet authority, enthusiasm and love for cooking simply captivates. A characteristic contrast to the quiet Matija is another legend of Baltazar – Tomislav Mić – who for years in Baltazar’s kitchen has been demonstrating masterful knowledge in the preparation of fish and meat specialties and great love for Hajduk.

Bruno Tkalčević came to Baltazar as a scholarship holder of the association Chef kuha dom, but it seems that he has decided to stay and is progressing more and more every day. Our kitchen was recently joined by experienced chefs Niko Visković and Kristinko Majpruz, who have been with us for a short time, but have already proven to be reinforcements, and Luka Lazić, who came for a student internship, but as a great talent remained for further training.

As desserts always come at the end, we also mention our pastry chef, our dear aunt Ruža, whose cakes and pastries our guests look forward to from the aperitif. These are our people, who with their knowledge, effort, love and loyalty have kept Baltazar at the top of the Zagreb and Croatian restaurant scene for years, and I believe that we will remain there in the years to come.

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CHEF MATIJA BREGEŠ

GENIUS HAS NEVER BEEN SIMPLE

As one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, Albert Einstein is known for many quotes, and one of them reads: “If you can’t explain something to a 6-year-old child, you don’t understand it yourself!” Although Matija Bregeš is too modest to ever admit it is walking proof of the truth of the above quote. Our still young but very successful and experienced chef trained (mostly at his own expense) in world-relevant restaurants with three Michelin stars: Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark), De Librije (Zwolle, Netherlands) and Azurmendi (Bilbao, Spain). Matija proved that he is ready to apply what he has learned in Pag’s Boškinac, where he himself earned his (for now) first star.

Last autumn, as a new step in his career, he chose the legendary Zagreb restaurant Baltazar, with the aim of raising the traditional cuisine loved by whole generations to a new level. After the set goals have been achieved in Baltazar, it’s time for a new challenge: Baltazar 2.0!

It is about the new Baltazar project, in which traditional Croatian dishes will be prepared in fine dining variants through three smaller, “regional menus” – Adriatic, Slavonija, Zagreb, and one large menu “the best of Croatia”.

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SOMMELIER GORAN PETRIĆ

THE PERFECT GLASS FOR THE PERFECT PLATE

A superb gastronomic experience is truly hard to imagine without a perfect combination of food and wine. But perfection never comes by chance and it is definitely not easy to achieve. A wine cellar full of precious labels and superbly prepared best foods do not in themselves guarantee a good match – a poorly chosen wine can spoil even the best dish.

Aware of this fact when we brought in Matija Bregeš as the new chef, we knew that we needed someone who would be a guarantee of the right combination of food and wine, a person whose knowledge of wine and skill in pairing with food would be equal to Matija’s skill in cooking. And we found him in the form of Goran Petrić, one of the best Croatian sommeliers.

Goran gained many years of experience working in the service department of some of the most prestigious restaurants in Zagreb, and since its opening he has been part of the Noel team, currently the only restaurant in Zagreb awarded with a Michelin star. Goran has won a number of awards at sommelier competitions, and we are especially proud of the fact that he recently passed the third level of WSET, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions for wine education.

After significantly improving the wine list at Baltazar, Goran is eagerly awaiting new challenges in Baltazar 2.0, and we are already looking forward to a new level of cooperation between our dynamic duo responsible for the harmony of food and wine.

Gotovina i sve kartice dostupne u Hrvatskoj

Ponedjeljak: 12:00 – 23:00
Utorak: 12:00 – 23:00
Srijeda: 12:00 – 23:00
Četvrtak: 12:00 – 23:00
Petak: 12:00 – 23:00
Subota: 12:00 – 23:00
Nedjelja:12:00 – 16:00

Adresa: Nova ves 4, HR-10000 Zagreb
Telefon: +385 1 466 69 99
Email: info@baltazar.hr