The third ever edition of the Michelin Guide Croatia has landed, with news of two restaurants being awarded their first Michelin star.
Fashionable Noelin Croatia's capital city Zagreb has been anointed with its first star as has Italian/French influenced Draga di Lovran on the west coast in Lovran. They join the existing three one-star restaurants in the country, Monte in Rovinj,360˚ in Dubrovnik and Pelegrini in Šibenik.
Four restaurants were awarded the Bib Gourmand for good value dining; Batelina in Banjole, Konoba Vinko in Šibenik, and Agava and Tač in Zagreb.
The small guide, which is still in its infancy, now boasts a total of 63 restaurants including five one-star restaurants. It has yet to highlight a restaurant worthy in the two or three Michelin star ranking.
Speaking of the new guide Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides is optimistic for the future growth of the fine dining scene: “This selection shows the potential of the Croatian gastronomic scene, enriched by multiple influences; from Mediterranean tastes in Dalmatia, Italian influences in Istria and Slavic tastes from Zagreb to Slavonia, which together creates a unique culinary identity.”
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