Next month, Michelin will announce its annual stars and recommendations for European restaurants.
Croatia currently has three restaurants with Michelin stars, Monte in Rovinj, which was the first restaurant awarded in Croatia in 2017, and Pelegrini in Šibenik and Dubrovnik’s 360 awarded last year.
This year, Croatia could get another Michelin star restaurant, or maybe even two. The strict criteria to satisfy Michelin means serving up delicious food using quality ingredients is not enough on its own. Preparation, consistency and the interior design of the restaurant are also things taken into account.
Here is a look at six restaurants in Croatia which could (or should) be on Michelin’s radar.
Boškinac – Pag
Boškinac, a restaurant, winery and a hotel, is a place to enjoy the peace under the pine trees, near the olive grove and rich vineyards of the island of Pag. Its beautiful setting and delicious menu make it a perfect place for the gourmets and wine lovers.
Laganini – Hvar
Hidden in one of the most beautiful bays of Paklinski islands next to Hvar, Laganini restaurant is perfect for the summer days. In its 50-year long tradition, this fish restaurant is offering delicious food and cocktails to enjoy during the hot summer days. A favourite hang out of U2 frontman Bono when he visits Croatia.
Zinfandel’s – Zagreb
Located at the 5-star Esplanade hotel in Zagreb, this elegant restaurant combines tradition with the ambience of a contemporary dining room.The menu includes a number of Croatian classics which are presented well.
Pantarul – Dubrovnik
Using local products from Konavle and Župa, this Dubrovnik based restaurant prepares amazing high-quality fish and meat, uses homemade pasta and bread, combines it with an interesting wine list of Croatian wines and offers one tasty experience
Noel – Zagreb
A relatively new, fashionable restaurant in the capital Zagreb with an international-style decor and a “chef’s table” in a corner of the dining room with a view of the kitchen. Top-class cuisine which is both modern and creative, and an excellent wine card with wines from Croatia, France and Italy.
Batelina – Banjole
Top-quality fish restaurant in sourthern Istria nearly Pula which has a homely atmosphere. Tasty and creative dishes dominate the menu which is explained verbally to guests. Excellent starters too.