Today, the MICHELIN Guide revealed its new selection of restaurants in Slovenia. With a total of 58 recommended establishments, including 1 Two Star, 9 One Star, 7 Bib Gourmand and 6 restaurants allocated a Green Star for their endeavors to promote sustainable gastronomy, Slovenia is asserting itself as a gastronomic destination, whose potential and quality are making steady progress.
“The third edition of the MICHELIN Guide Slovenia demonstrates the increasing gastronomic standard which can be observed country-wide. Indeed, the 10 new restaurants joining or being promoted in the 2022 selection are located in 7 different cities and our inspectors were delighted to discover how, year on year, high quality restaurants are emerging or making headway all over the country. Moreover, during their visits, our team continued to notice to what extent the commitment to providing more sustainable and eco-responsible dining experiences was an underlying trend and a strong culinary tradition in the local gastronomic scene. This commitment is fostered by ever more dedicated chefs, as evidenced by the addition of two new MICHELIN Green Stars to the 2022 selection”, declared Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides.
4 new restaurants receive One MICHELIN Star
Run by two brothers, Mate and Filip Matjaž and located in Portoroz on the Adriatic coast, COB offers a gourmet journey through the Istria region, which the chef is particularly fond of. Greatly inspired, he skillfully reinterprets age-old recipes, enhancing them with a modern twist. By earning One MICHELIN Star, Milka places the city of Kranjska Gora firmly on the national gastronomic map for the first time and confirms the successful comeback of young chef, David Žefran. In this establishment, the tasting menus bear witness to the great technical prowess of the chef, who also prioritizes local and regional produce. Using endemic herbs and traditional preservation processes, David Žefran is a proud ambassador of his region, which he enjoys helping diners to explore.
The inspection teams were also delighted to rediscover the work of chef Uros Stefelin in his new restaurant, Hiša Linhart, located in downtown Radovljica. This new eatery was awarded One MICHELIN Star for its particularly flavorsome cuisine, based on a locavore model and centered around the "product of the day", which also includes plant-based options.
Restavracija Strelec also earned One MICHELIN Star, offering the capital a second distinction in this category. Located inside Ljubliana castle, this restaurant delights diners with modern cuisine prepared by chef Igor Jagodic, who combines great technical mastery of cooking methods with an exacting selection of top rate produce. In this establishment, food and wine pairings are taken very seriously.
Finally, Hiša Franko, the restaurant of chef Ana Roš, maintains its Two MICHELIN Stars, confirming the exceptional quality of its gastronomic offering; while the restaurants Restavracija Atelje, Dam, Grič, Gostilna Pri Lojzetu and Hiša Denk remain in the selection with One MICHELIN Star. In total, the Slovenia selection boasts 10 starred establishments.
2 new MICHELIN Green Stars awarded
Used to indicate restaurants which are particularly committed to more sustainable gastronomy, the MICHELIN Green Star also commends and encourages eco-responsible initiatives implemented by exemplary restaurateurs. Often referred to as “the Green Lung of Europe”, Slovenia confirms its status as a trailblazer in terms of eco-responsible gastronomy, with two new restaurants receiving a MICHELIN Green Star.
Hiša Linhart, run by chef Uroš Štefelin, who had already received one MICHELIN Green Star in a previous establishment, earns recognition for its noteworthy work with local farmers and strong commitment to promoting and defending small, local producers.
Sustainability and simplicity are also at the core of Gostilna Repovž’s raison d’être. Orchestrated by chef Meta Repovž, the restaurant has implemented a particularly impressive and ambitious organization and way of working; ranging from organic production at the 300-year-old family farm to rainwater recovery and energy consumption management.
In total, the MICHELIN Guide Slovenia features 6 restaurants awarded a MICHELIN Green Star.
6 new restaurants join the MICHELIN Guide recommendations
While the MICHELIN Guide is renowned for its Stars, its recommendation mission applies to all noteworthy establishments across a full range of categories. Over the course of their travels and discoveries, the inspection teams select great restaurants for all gourmets. This year, 6 new high-quality establishments, located in 6 different cities were added to the MICHELIN Guide selection: Altrokè in Ljubljana, City Terasa in Maribor, Restavracija 1906 in Bled, Restavracija Mama Marija in Kranjska Gora, Špacapanova Hiša in Komen and Vila Podvin in Radovljica.