Marko (364) Split / Zagreb, Croatia | April 7, 2015| Updated August 18, 2017
- AMBIANCE 4/5
- SERVICE 7/10
- SELECTION 10/15
- FOOD 8/10
- VALUE 7/10
- OVERALL 14/20
August 17 update: The place still profits from its location - the only place east of the town center not on the beach with craft beers. Spotty service, ranging depending on the person from very good to repeating the order x times if it’s busy... Some are not trustworthy when it comes to explanations why something isn’t the way it should be. The food is still pretty good as a rule, upping the score there. The prices are still higher than they should be. The tap selection went down to "their" lager (hm), stuff like Velebitsko I think, Paulaner Hefe and maybe Zmajsko. Maybe not everything at the same time. But they don’t have everything all the time. On paper, it looks good, in reality, you really have to go inside, take a look at the fridge and order there, or you’ll guess wrong more likely than not. It’s random and lagging a bit behind the times. Still a pretty invaluable location for the locals by virtue of being pretty much the only choice in that part of town, but they grumble too...
August 2015 rerate: Not the only craft beer in town anymore, what with To Je To stepping up their game and Leopold’s opening. The beer list seems to have changed only a little, and is still great for the town. Won’t comment on "their own Kobaje Premium Lager" which totally isn’t Staroceško (heck, might not be, but it still isn’t interesting). Tried the food this time - deer cevapi, pretty unique - and the meat was excellent, which is a shame, because I got them in a stale, ordinary bun with some sauce of theirs that wasn’t bad, but a choice of, say, kajmak would’ve helped. Apparently they had proper somuns the day before, but they are "experimenting". A (stale) bun is a decidedly stupid experiment for cevapi, but hey. All in all, the food is a bit of a hit and miss, but the hits are apparently very, very good (and I can believe it from the deer cevapi themselves). Just don’t expect them to be as good the next time. The service can be good, but people say that at least one of the waitresses didn’t bother to learn what they have, but that might’ve been just a new one not used to the place yet. All in all, not a bad place to visit, not as significant as it was only 4 months ago, but, if you’re in town for more than a day, why not.
As of April 2015 the only truly craft beer bar in Split, after the frustrating non-reopening of Dva Tona. And that does mean a lot. It’s located beyond what’s normally considered to be the center proper of Split, and still quite centrally, near the Gripe complex, reachable by bus no. 6 or 15 I guess if the 10-15m uphill walk from the very center isn’t for you. It’s a small, cutely decorated place (a potential minus is the separate toilet facilities). It has a bar/bbq thing going on, and smells accordingly, which might not be attractive to all, but is OK enough, the food is quite good I hear, and the prices are quite bearable. It appears to carry 60ish more or less "common" (which includes some world class stuff anyway) craft beers, covering most styles available in the country. Regular and red Staroceško on tap, which is a good cheap choice. Good service, nice music. Lively atmosphere, and it’s apparently utterly packed most days. There’s room for improvement, but it has a nice thing going on and it’s good to have it right now I guess.