Posted by: viewfromtheriva | February 12, 2017

Stalla celebrates Croatian cuisine paired with Belgian beer


Paired with a zesty Belgian Karmelet Tripe. Stalla's chicken in a reduced sauce of chocolate and balsamic was superb

Paired with a zesty Belgian Tripel Karmeliet made from a recipe more than 350 years old, Stalla’s chicken in a reduced sauce of chocolate and balsamic was superb

What a Saturday night treat–dinner with 8 friends at a restaurant just off the waterfront in Kastel Stari that I never heard of serving gourmet food paired with Belgian craft beer!  For those of you living in Croatia, Stalla is a must.  The owners have taken an ancient stone horse stable (stalla) and have lovingly converted it into a spacious, handsome dining room, with separate upstairs seating, serving a highly creative menu that sometimes changes twice a month!

They spend a lot of time on social marketing, using facebook and other sites to showcase their latest creations.

Tonight;s four course menu--with a surprise ending, champagne beer!

Tonight’s four course menu–with a surprise ending, champagne beer!

The first course was a medallion of pork with cranberries and baby spinach, artfully paired with a Lindemans Cassis.  Very berry!

The cassis beer really worked well with the pork medaliion and cranberry

The cassis beer really worked well with the pork medallion and cranberry

The chicken course came next. followed by my favorite, a spectacular crunchy slow-cooked chunk of roast pork in a sublime puddle of celery/marscarpone with a spray of glazed baby carrots.  Paired with a hearty, dark Delirium Nocturnum that came with a 8.5% wallop, I was in a delirium!

With dessert we had a wonderful fizzy Framboise

With dessert we had a wonderful fizzy Framboise

During the meal, Peter Buggenhout, the director of the Marabu Group, the Belgian beer distributor who helped create the event, talked to our group, explaining that craft beer tasting is becoming as popular as wine tasting in many European cities and he was hoping Croatian restaurants would join in.  As a surprise, we all got treated to the “beer of the gods”, DeuS, a Belgian champagne beer that is made in Belgium and then shipped to France to be finished using the champagne method.  Six months later, it comes back in a gorgeous Moet-like bottle:

Deus, the drink of the gods!

DeuS, the drink of the gods!

My only disappointment was the dessert–a white chocolate mousse with a dark chocolate top that I wished was all dark–being the chocolate lover that I am!  But clearly a remarkable 5 star dining experience–and for fixed price of just $25, an astonishing bargain.  Go!

to find out more about Belgian craft beer:

https://www.facebook.com/belgiancraftbeersincroatia/

for the restaurant:

http://www.stalla.hr

 

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