Slovenia, a must-go destination
Slovenian gastronomy is among the finest in the world. The arrival of the Michelin Guide, which only chooses destinations with distinct, well-defined cuisines of consistent quality and excellence, is proof of this. This is mostly thanks to the amazing chefs and their teams whose incredible creativity, diligence and hard work guarantees that their guests are treated to personalised culinary experiences. They follow a time-honoured tradition drawing from the treasures of unspoiled nature that guides the numerous winemakers and growers of a variety of high-quality produce in line with the principles of sustainability.
Michelin officially announced its arrival in Slovenia in November 2019 with the words "the quality of Slovenian gastronomy comes as no surprise to Michelin" and "talented local chefs are transforming these ingredients into unique culinary creations, which in the eyes of Michelin are positioning Slovenia as a must-go destination". Their evaluation results were presented on 16 June 2020 at the launch of the first Michelin Guide to Slovenia.
What Michelin evaluated
Michelin is known for its 120-year-long tradition, well-thought-out evaluation criteria and team of professional, anonymous inspectors. They actively follow culinary trends around the world, keeping an eye out for any novelties, changes and the latest developments.
Michelin's inspectors paid anonymous visits to Slovenian restaurants and ranked them using Michelin's methodology that is based on five principles:
- quality of ingredients,
- mastery of flavours and cooking techniques,
- personality of the chef in their cuisine,
- value for money, and
- consistency between visits.
Star-ranked gastronomic experience
Michelin stars are a guarantee for cuisine of the highest quality. Meet the first stars in the constellation of the Michelin Guide to Slovenia.
Two stars Michelin
Excellent cooking, worth a detour.
Hiša Franko, Kobarid (Ana Roš)
In the Soča River Valley, nature sparkles in all its authenticity. Everybody's at the Hiša Franko restaurant is aware of this, which is why the authenticity of the valley is incorporated in their culinary delicacies in the most innovative ways. The culinary masterpieces are crafted by chef Ana Roš, the world’s best chef in 2017, who as a self-taught chef has developed her own recognisable culinary style. Her perfected dishes are complemented by excellent cheeses and biodynamic wines from the cellar of her partner Valter. And if we add to that the professionalism, the attention to detail, and the passion of everyone working at the restaurant, then it goes without saying that a special culinary experience awaits you at Hiša Franko.
One star Michelin
High-quality cooking, worth a stop.
Hiša Denk (Gregor Vračko)
At Hiša Denk, located on the outskirts of Svečinske Gorice, unique flavours blended with a tried-and-tested family tradition and the boldness of young generations are being developed under the directi...
Gostilna pri Lojzetu (Tomaž Kavčič)
Zemono Manor House is the gastronomic “playground” where world-renowned chef Tomaž Kavčič plays with the rich flavours of the Vipava Valley and presents them in the most innovative ways.
Dam, Nova Gorica (Uroš Fakuč)
Indulge yourself at the boutique restaurant Dam and enjoy a myriad of exquisite tastes. Chef Uroš Fakuč, whom you will meet both at the restaurant and in the kitchen, makes sure that the world of culi...
Bib Gourmand Michelin
or an authentic, high-quality experience at affordable prices
Where in Slovenia can you get the best value for your money? Which restaurants serve excellent food at affordable prices?
Bib Gourmand recognises restaurants with a good price-to-quality ratio.
Michelin's inspectors found 9 such restaurants in Slovenia.
The Plate Michelin
Where to go for a good meal made from fresh ingredients?
The L'assiette Michelin or Michelin Plate recognises restaurants that serve carefully prepared meals made from fresh ingredients in a homely atmosphere.
The food is simply good in 37 Slovenian restaurants.
Who are the most sustainable chefs?
To support and encourage sustainable practices in the culinary world, Michelin has introduced a new symbol – a green, clover-shaped pictogram highlighting chefs committed to commendable environmental practices. It is only awarded to those whose restaurants are listed in one of the categories included in the Michelin Guide. The green symbol celebrates their courage and ingenuity reflected in the sustainable practices that they use in their everyday work, their collaboration with environmentally-conscious produce growers and their waste management.
Whose ideas, methods and know-how help raise awareness, both among customers and the entire food industry in Slovenia?
Gostišče Grič, Horjul
A great majority of thefood served at Gostišče Grič is prepared from home-grown ingredients. Young chef Luka Košir uses the full flavours of his ingredients to create a unique story of rural cuisine w...
Monstera Bistro, Ljubljana
Come to a pleasant ambience in the heart of Ljubljana to discover the long-forgotten flavours finding their way into chef Bine Volčič’s dishes. His creations are based on fresh local ingredients by th...
This house, seemingly typical of the Soča Valley, hides a remarkable culinary heart. It is the creative home to one of world’s best chefs, Ana Roš, whose original dishes prepared from local ingredient...
Gostilna Mahorčič, Rodik
The family restaurant whose tradition is continued and upgraded by Ksenija and Martin Mahorčič is a home of contemporary Karst and Brkini cuisine, brimming with genuine local flavours. Do not forget t...
Gostilna za Gradom, Koper
Seafood lovers will find their haven at Gostilna za Gradom. Making their way to your plate you will only find fresh fish and seafood caught by local fishermen using sustainable techniques. Other ingre...
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Slovenian gastronomy through the eyes of Michelin
Slovenes believe strongly that "everything is in the eye of the beholder", and the same goes for great food. Are you interested in the depth and breadth of the Slovenian gastronomic world through the eyes of the Michelin Guide? Read what Michelin's taste researchers thought about the most outstanding stories in the Slovenian culinary rainbow.
Two brothers – two different worlds
One brother works in the countryside, the other one in the city. One brother boasts a Michelin star, the other one a Michelin Plate award. Gregor’s creations are served at Hiša Denk in Zgornja Kungota...
What does Michelin mean for Slovenia?
Thanks to the diversity and authenticity it offers, Slovenia is gaining increasing recognition as a sustainable destination of unique five-star experiences. One of them is undoubtedly Slovenia's gastronomy, which, with its quality, creativity and traceability, will satisfy even the most discerning of guests. The Michelin Guide is the most widely known culinary guide in the world and represents a unique communication channel addressing even the most gourmet guests.
The arrival of the Michelin Guide is therefore a singular acknowledgement of all stakeholders in Slovenian gastronomy, particularly the creative chefs and their teams and the local produce growers. At the same time, the Michelin Guide offers the opportunity to enhance culinary quality even further. Its positive effect can spread to other industries and contribute to the growth of the entire local economy.
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