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In Baltazar 2.0, we will bring the traditional and the modern together and start a new chapter of our success story, which we plan to write for many years to come. Chef Matija and his team will select dishes from our rich gastronomic treasury and will technically bring them to perfection with due respect for the original flavors.

We at Baltazar know what tradition is, after all, we have been creating it on Nova Vesa for 40 years. We want to preserve the gastronomic tradition of Zagreb and Croatia by dressing it in new clothes, while respecting its essence and everything that makes it so worth preserving. Our new project Baltazar 2.0 headed by chef Matija Bregeš is the crown of our 40 years of excellence and is our contribution to the important task of creating a national gastronomic identity that will adequately present all the wealth of our country.

CHEF MATIJA BREGEŠ

GENIUS HAS NEVER BEEN SIMPLE

Albert Einstein, as one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, 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.

RESTAURANT MANAGER MILAN MARTINKO

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.

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