Slovenia Gets Its First-Ever Michelin Stars
Six restaurants were awarded with stars.
Announced this week, the new guide recognizes 52 restaurants, spanning locations from the country’s capital city, Ljubljana, to the stunning lakeside town of Bled. Six establishments earned stars, while nine received Bib Gourmands and 37 were awarded with Michelin Plates.
“With its many influences and varied terroirs, the talent and creativity of its chefs, the exceptional quality of its local products and the focus on sustainability, Slovenia is home to restaurants that fully deserve to be discovered,” Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides, said in a statement.
Although the guide's debut was initially planned for March 2020, it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It marks Michelin's first launch event since "the beginning of the health crisis," per the announcement.
While Michelin didn’t award any restaurants with the three-star distinction, one restaurant did earn two stars—chef Ana Roš' Hiša Franko in Kobarid, which is currently ranked 38 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Roš (pictured above) was featured in season two, episode five of Chef’s Table, and won “World's Best Female Chef ” in the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards. Michelin said the self-taught chef’s unique menu “gives pride of place to regional products and offers an exceptional dining experience of wonderfully balanced flavours.” Roš also released her first book, Sun and Rain, this past spring.
The one-star category, on the other hand, saw five restaurants: Atelje in Ljubljana, Dam in Nova Gorica, Vila Podvin in Radovljica, Pri Lojzetu in Vipava, and Hiša Denk in Zgornja Kungota. You can find the full list of restaurants below, courtesy of Michelin, as well as on the official Michelin website.
Hiša Denk–Zgornja Kungota
Ruj–Dol pri Vogljah
Dvor Jezeršek–Cerklje na Gorenjskem
Gredič–Dobrovo v Brdih
Gostilna za Gradom–Koper
Hiša Fink–Novo mesto
Otočec Castle–Otočec na Krki
Kendov Dvorec–Spodnja Idrija