Restaurants Pelegrini (Šibenik) and 360º (Dubrovnik) received one MICHELIN star, whereas the number of restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation (the spoon and fork symbol) is expanded and now encompasses 24 new restaurants. MICHELIN’s professional experts embarked on a higly secretive tour of Croatian restaurants and they visited restaurants across the country during 2017. The new Croatia guide has been published at the MICHELIN website. MICHELIN is the most important and renowned restaurant guide in the world.
“Croatia is a part of the gastronomy map of the world, which is something we definitely deserve. New MICHELIN stars and recommendations awarded to Croatian restaurants just go to prove that our culinary scene meets the extremely rigorous international criteria when it comes to quality. MICHELIN is globally synonymous with gastronomic excellence. MICHELIN designations hold enormous promotional potential when it comes to the destinations where the selected restaurants that have thereby been included in the world’s best restaurants. These destinations will know how to unlock this potential. The Croatian National Tourist Board will continue to engage in numerous activities with the aim of positioning our country as an attractive tourist destination with a varied culinary offer”, said Kristjan Staničič, the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board.
“I’d like to warmly congratulate all of the singled out restaurants, and in particular the owners and employees of restaurants Pelegrini, 360º and Monte whose great effort and creativity have been recognised by MICHELIN’s inspectors”, Staničić added.
Taking this year’s selection into account, Croatia has a total of three restaurants with a MICHELIN star and 55 restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation. We’d like to add that this year MICHELIN’s BibGourmand designations have been awarded for the very first time and four restaurants received it: Tavern Mate (Korčula), Dunav (Ilok), Vuglec Breg (Krapina) and Tavern Fetivi (Split). This particular designation is awarded to restaurants that offer quality menus at affordable prices. Moreover, this new MICHELIN map includes quite a few other destinations such as Šibenik, Split, Ilok, Korčula, Krapina, Lovran, Osijek, Varaždin, Velika Gorica, Zadar in addition to Istria, Dubrovnik and Zagreb, which were included last year.
Not only is the inclusion of new restaurants in the MICHELIN selection is a tremendous boost for further constant improvement of Croatia’s culinary scene, but it’s also a substantial promotion of Croatia as a top gourmet destination. We’d like to remind that Rovinj-based restaurant Monte was the first one to be included in elite club of restaurants with a MICHELIN star. Monte received a MICHELIN star in 2017 and has managed to keep it in 2018.