GREAT NEWS Five Michelin stars for Croatia!

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Michelin is pleased to unveil the online selection of the MICHELIN Guide Croatia 2019, the third edition of this title, which features a total of 64 restaurants spread throughout the country.

This year there is 1 star for Noel in Zagreb. Here, chef Goran Kočiš uses a very precise technique and an international touch to create modern mediterrean cuisine, which is served in a trendy and relaxed atmosphere. To complement the cooking, great emphasis is given to food and wine pairing due to the extensive wine list and the passion of the co-owner sommelier.

In Lovran, in the Kvarner region, the restaurant Draga di Lovrana also receives a 1 star distinction. The kitchen team is led by the talented young chef Deni Srdoč, who has a strong connection with this terroir and a gentle Italian-French influence to his technique. The dishes are created using local products, with the aim of supporting the Kvarner farmers and fisherman, and the result is contemporary cuisine with a personal touch.

In addition to the new stars, the previous three 1 star distinctions are retained this year: Monte in Rovinj, 360 in Dubrovnik and Pelegrini in Šibenik.

Commenting on the 2019 Croatia selection, Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides, said: ‘This selection shows the potential of the Croatian gastronomic scene. It is blessed with multiple influences; from the Mediterranean flavours found in Dalmatia, the Italian influences in Istria, and the Slavonic flavours from Zagreb to Slavonia, which all combine to forge a unique culinary identity’.

As well as the new star establishments, four restaurants are distinguished with a Bib Gourmand this year, a distinction given by the Michelin inspectors to restaurants that offer a good quality menu for less than HRK 260 (35 euros) for three courses. These restaurants are Batelina in Banjole, Konoba Vinko in Šibenik, and Agava and TAČ in Zagreb.

Overall, seven new restaurants have been added to the 2019 selection and four of these are in Zagreb: Pod Zidom, TAČ, Tekka and Time, highlighting the capital as a dynamic city offering diners diverse choices of cuisine with influences from the Mediterrean to Asia, and all using fresh market produce.

Michelin’s team of inspectors observed that the 2019 Croatian selection shows a positively evolving trend as the standard of restaurant food in large cities and tourist areas continues to improve, with the coastal regions having a very strong emphasis on dishes using local fish and mediterrean preparation techniques.

PHOTO: Draga di Lovrana