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The days of divine gourmet desserts and cocktails with local strawberries

At the Esplanade this May, everything is about strawberries. The  bright red colour, intense smell, and sweet irresistible taste of the city’s best-quality strawberries have once again inspired Executive Chef Ana Grgić Tomić and Pastry Chef Mirjana Špoljar to create an irresistible hedonistic story that will make you want to revisit this iconic hotel again and again.   

At Le Bistro and Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar, you will be welcomed by a list of divine delicacies such as an interpretation of floating islands with vanilla cream and notes of caramelised strawberries, hot strawberry cobbler with coconut ice cream, tart with almonds and champagne cream, curd cakes combined with strawberry sorbetto – all flavours of pleasure at its best. For those who want a touch of French romance, featured in this selection are strawberry madeleines – an enticing combination of lemon curd, fresh strawberries, and almond and basil pesto, which will surely ignite a few spring romances. For true gourmands who love the simple clean taste of these healthy spring fruits abundant in vitamin C, there are fresh strawberries with whipped cream, which pair perfectly with a glass of premium sparkling wine from the Zagreb region from the slopes of Plešivica – to round off this sweet gourmet story that only a few will be able to resist.

The cosmopolitan ambience of the Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar with its timeless Oleander Terrace is perfect for enjoying  limited edition Afternoon Tea, which brings, on a tiered stand, a brand new collection of mini bites and desserts inspired by local strawberries. Roasted Brie cheese with almonds comes in a fantastic combination with strawberry and celery tartare with the addition of basil. There is also crispy tart with asparagus mousse along with strawberry gel, and tempting buratta with marinated tomatoes and fermented strawberries. The sweet afternoon tea story brings a lemon curd tartlet with fresh strawberries and mint, enticing crème brulée with champagne and strawberries, brownies with dark chocolate and strawberry ganache, red velvet cake with ricotta cream and strawberry gel, and the sweetest for last: strawberries in chocolate – for indulging in those true gourmet delights. Afternoon tea for two is served every day from 12:00 to 18:30 at the Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar or on the Oleander Terrace. Tea is served in a teapot and offers a selection of aromatic Ronnefeldt teas for two. The price is €40.

In addition, at the Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar, be sure to taste a perfect selection of new signature cocktails with strawberry notes created by Vjenceslav Madić, renowned as Master Kishoni. Along the theatrical performance of top cocktail masters, let yourself be seduced by the cosmopolitan ambience and terrace with a view of the city, as well as a selection of sensational cocktails with a touch of aromatic strawberries: Strawberry Fizz, Strawberry Negroni, or Spring Spritz – each will delight you.

“For all lovers of premium gin and sweet notes, I have prepared a lightly carbonated Strawberry Fizz, where strawberries are interwoven with fruity pepper and the freshness of red grapefruit without added sugar – an ideal refreshment and a great cocktail in combination with small snacks,” highlighted Vjenceslav and added:Strawberry Negroni is another fantastic cocktail, with a full and rich taste that will win you over at first sip. If you are a fan of the Negroni cocktail, then this ‘twist’ on the timeless classic is ideal for tasting something new, while an interesting combination of Zagreb’s Old Pilot’s strawberry gin, Campari, and Vermouth Rosso will perfectly refresh the palate with aromatic flavours,” emphasised Vjenceslav and concluded: “The third in this line is Strawberry Spritz, a phenomenally refreshing spritz in which plenty fresh fruit flavours intertwine with a touch of Rosé Prosecco pearls, followed with a long, delicious strawberry finish. This cocktail layered with aromas can be drunk at any time of the day, which makes it a perfect choice for all lovers of light notes.”

Hurry up, for this promotional offer with local strawberries at Le Bistro and Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar is available only while fresh supplies are available from local farms. Le Bistro is open every day from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and desserts are served from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., while cocktails at the Esplanade 1925 Lounge & Cocktail Bar are available every day from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Book your table by calling 01 45 666 11 (for Le Bistro) and 01 45 666 33 (for the Esplanade Bar). More information at www.lebistro.hr and www.esplanade1925.hr


Published: 17.05.2024.

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