ZAGREB, 25 May 2019 – Croatian restaurants awarded Michelin stars and recommendations in the 2019 guide were presented with their plaques at a ceremony in Zagreb last night.
METRO Cash & Carry and the Croatian National Tourist Board, partners of Michelin for Croatia, presented the plaques to the Croatian restaurants at the R’n’B Weekend Festival at Kaptol Centre.
Noel in Zagreb and Draga di Lovrana in Lovran met the strict criteria and became the fourth and fifth restaurants to receive the honour of a Michelin star in Croatia, joining Monte in Rovinj, Pelegrini in Šibenik and 360 in Dubrovnik which all kept their Michelin star status in the 2019 Michelin Guide.
The Michelin Guide for 2019 includes a total of 63 restaurants from all over Croatia, and the award ceremony brought together the best Croatian restaurants and their chefs.
“We are delighted that Zagreb for the first time hosted the presentation of Michelin awards, one of the most prestigious culinary honours in the world. METRO is a long-time global partner of Michelin’s guide and partner of Michelin for Croatia since 2017. With more than 100 years of restaurant selection experience, Michelin’s guide is today an international reference for fine dining. This partnership confirms our desire to be the preferred partner of the HoReCa sector through the professional support it deserves. We will continue to work with our HoReCa partners to develop together and further enhance the quality of Croatian gastronomy through the offer of international and local foods. As restaurants want to create their own menu using locally produced ingredients, we focus on developing our offer in cooperation with Croatian producers,” said Thierry Guillon-Verne, CEO of METRO Cash & Carry Hrvatska.
Two new Croatian restaurants awarded Michelin stars in 2019
Monte in Rovinj was the first Croatian restautant awarded a star back in 2017. Last year, Pelegrini in Šibenik and 360 in Dubrovnik joined them. This year saw two new restaurants awarded a Michelin star, one in the capital and one omn the coast.
Noel is 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.
“A fashionable restaurant with soft lighting and trendy, internationally inspired furnishings, where guests can enjoy exciting, colourful cuisine prepared by the owner-chef. The delicious modern and creative dishes served here are accompanied by a selection of Croatian, French and Italian wines carefully chosen by the sommelier-partner,” Michelin inspectors noted.
Draga di Lovrana is a place of mysterious stories and enchanting views. The hotel and restaurant are located on the edge of the reef, so the combination of the island and the sea creates a particularly beautiful feeling, and the view is impressive.
“The chef prioritises locally sourced produce in recipes which are balanced and of the highest quality, creating modern, imaginative and highly memorable dishes. Breathtaking location, with views from the dining room and outdoor terrace, plus a choice of attractive guest rooms,” Michelin writes.
You can see this year’s recommendations for Croatia in the 2019 Michelin Guide here.