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giugno 26, 2024

Croatia makes history with two MICHELIN Stars awarded in its 2024 selection

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  • The MICHELIN Guide is revealing today its 2024 selection dedicated to Croatia
  • For the very first time in the country, a restaurant receives two MICHELIN Stars
  • 93 restaurants are part of the selection, including 10 Starred establishments (including a new address), 11 Bib Gourmand (with the addition of a new restaurant) and 71 recommended (with 7 new ones)

The MICHELIN Guide unveils today its selection of restaurants for the Croatian destination, which never ceases to charm travelers from all around the world with its authenticity and brightly colorful landscapes.

This 2024 vintage is a very special one for the MICHELIN Guide selection, with the first two Stars restaurant ever in the Croatian culinary history, demonstrating a constant evolution in the quality of the gastronomic offer, and the commitment of both chefs and professionals in the sector. With the addition of a new restaurant receiving a MICHELIN Star and the reconfirmation of no less than 9 restaurants already Starred last year, the Croatian culinary scene is more than ever showing its gourmet effervescence.

The restaurant « Agli Amici Rovinj » obtained two MICHELIN Stars

The Chef Emanuele Scarello and his young brigade crossed an historical stage in Rovinj by settling to the seacoast, on the modern and elegant Marina’s elegant . A charming corner, with a large terrace and a wonderful view on the blue expanse and its leafy islands; and at dusk the church of Sainte-Euphémie adds to the charm. The kitchen is ruled by the resident and very talented chef Simone De Lucca who proposes two flavorful menus; “Rovinj” and “Istria”, one maritime and the other land-based that are highlighting excellent local produce, and well-mastered technique.

Dubravkin Putthe new star brightening Zagabria

Tibor Valinčić, a talented chef, has helped accelerate the development of the whole restaurant; with his interpretation of cuisine combining technique, traditional gestures, and unique tastes in the service of harmony. At Dubravkin Put, from the name of the forest, we can find a fresh and flavorful Mediterranean cuisine with a tendency for raw fish, as the carpaccio of sea bass and beet, light and flavored. Among meat dishes - of the highest quality – there’s a Kobe beef or a lamb chop from the island of Pag served with peas, shallots and thyme, a real delight. For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend the Louis XV dessert, with chocolate, foie gras and vanilla ice cream.

1 new Bib Gourmand is joining the 2024 selection

Fakin - Legrad

Since its opening years ago, this restaurant contributed to bring back to life Legrad village, in the north of Croatia. Situated next to the church, at the center of the village, it has a huge terrace, animated on hot summer evenings. The simple, elegant and modern aspect of the inside anticipates the cuisine, which proposes Croatian and Central Europe meals. You'll find local ingredients, flavorful, with a certain modernity and creativity degree of technique, everything at affordable prices. The smoked trout with horseradish mousse, barley popcorn and pumpkin oil is excellent.

7 new restaurants selected in the MICHELIN Guide

Wine Vault Restaurant – Levante Edition – Rovinj

This restaurant, which boasts a beautiful terrace, offers local cuisine, with ingredients from the region enhanced by oriental influences. Great attention is paid to food and wine pairing, with a wide range of local and sparkling wines, as well as a fine selection of champagnes.

Tekka by Lone – Rovinj

Whether in the charming summer garden or in the magnificent minimalist dining room, the Japanese restaurant of the ultra-modern Hotel Lone offers a meeting place between Istria and the Orient. The technique and recipes are Japanese, but the chef brings a local personality to the table. Our favorite dishes include duck breast with chicory, cooked to perfection and crispy skin, accompanied by a creamy umeboshi and pomegranate sauce, both sweet and savory.

Spinnaker – Porec

Chef Goran Hrastovčak learned everything at Heinz Beck's Pergola how to sublimate the ingredients of a dish. In the two tasting menus on offer, “Istrian Fables” and “Modern Tales”, one more traditional and the other more innovative, the cuisine depicts the territory and its emblematic products: langoustines, squid, sea bass and Istrian beef. The lobster ravioli with Jerusalem artichokes and langoustine bisque are excellent. To top it all off, there's a view of Poreč’ pier and a wine list that's not limited to the excellent products of Istria but represents the whole of Croatia and some other European regions with remarkable labels.

Torero - Zagabria
In the more touristic and lively old town of Zagabria, this restaurant welcomes its guests with a wall covered of plants and leaves symbolizing the Medvednica, a mountain range to the north of the capital, from which the cuisine draws its inspiration. Favoring local, mostly organic produce, the menu is colorful and creative, and seeks to awaken the senses by highlighting the different components of taste: sweet, sour, bitter... The sommelier will suggest Croatian wines to match the dishes. Enthusiastic, attentive and pleasant service completes the experience. Don't miss the risotto with Acquerello rice and the Torero version of cheesecake.

Zinfandel Food & Wine bar – Split

On a narrow street in the old town, this welcoming, lively restaurant is open for breakfast until dinner time, and offers a lively atmosphere with live music. The young Croatian chef offers an eclectic cuisine, combining Dalmatian and international influences. Homemade tonnarelli with Prošek wine, onion, garlic and shrimp sauce are excellent. The well-chosen wine list covers the whole country, with 15 wines by the glass.

Restaurant Mare - Trogir

Located on the island of Čiovo, 5-minutes walk from the historic center of Trogir, the restaurant is at the entrance of the Bifora Heritage Hotel, a 14th-century building renovated in 2016. Chef Robert Predag Zmire offers delicious cuisine based on premium products and a modern technique. Dishes are well-dressed and tasty, like the cuttlefish noodles with wild herb pesto, sea asparagus, lemon pearls and shrimp chips, or the very fresh sea bass ikejime served with a celery variant and parsley sauce. A warm and welcoming address, a little off the tourist trail. When the weather's fine, the intimate old stone patio is a charming spot.

Konoba Zijavica - Mošćenička Draga

In this charming fishing village, the sea is not only on your plate, but a few meters away from your table. Inside, you can watch the chef at work in the small open kitchen, but the real pleasure is to sit on the veranda by the sea, lulled by the movement of the waves. A seafood cuisine where the product is the real protagonist, and be indulgent if something is missing from the menu - it all depends on the daily supply from local fishermen and the fishing season. Simple but delicious recipes: raw fish, pasta, fish and shellfish by weight, an Eden for lovers of extra-fresh seafood. As for the enchanting Mošćenička Draga, it's the ideal place to lounge on the beach or take a bike ride on the surrounding heights.

The 2024 MICHELIN Guide Croatia at a glance :

-       1 two MICHELIN Stars restaurant

-       10 one MICHELIN Star restaurants (1 new)

-       3 restaurants receiving a MICHELIN Green Star

-       11 Bib Gourmand (1new)

-       71 restaurants are recommended by the MICHELIN Guide (7 new )