Slovenia keeps all Michelin stars as new restaurant joins the pick

Ljubljana – Chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko has kept her two stars in the new edition of the Michelin Guide Slovenia and all five one-starred restaurants kept theirs as Gostišče Grič in Horjul, led by chef Luka Košir, won its first.

The coveted stars, which denote the best dining establishments discovered by Michelin inspectors, were awarded to Slovenian restaurants for the first time last year.

All the winners have kept their ratings; apart from Roš, who kept two stars, five other restaurants kept one each: Vila Podvin (Uroš Štefelin, Mošnje), Hiša Denk (Gregor Vračko, Zgornja Kungota), Atelje (Jorg Zupan, Ljubljana), Pri Lojzetu (Tomaž Kavčič, Vipava) and Dam (Uroš Fakuč, Nova Gorica).

Gostišče Grič became the latest addition with one star, the Slovenian Tourist Board has announced.

In addition, Michelin inspectors have given seven restaurants Bib Gourmand nods for exceptionally good food at modest prices, and 39 establishments have won the Plate Michelin, a designation for fresh ingredients and carefully prepared meals.

In all 53 restaurants have made it to the second edition of the Michelin Guide Slovenia, one more than in last year’s edition.

The Bib Gourmand designated restaurants are Gostilna na Gradu, Gostilna Repovž, Jožef, Mahorčič, Rajh and Ruj, which already won the accolade last year, plus TaBar.

The Plate Michelin emblem has been kept by 37 establishments (AS, B-Restaurant, Calypso, Cubo, Dvor Jezeršek, Etna, Galerija Okusov, Gostilna Danilo, Gostilna Francl, Gostilna za Gradom, Gostilna Krištof, Gostilna Vovko, Gredič, Harfa, Hiša Krasna, Hiša Torkla, JB, Kendov Dvorec, Julijana, MAK, Marina, Maxim, Monstera Bistro, Ošterija Debeluh, Otočec Castle, Pavus, Pikol, Rizibizi, Sedem, Separé, Shambala, Sophia, Stara Gostilna, Strelec, Sushimama, Valvas’or, Vander), plus Landerik and Vila Planinka as new additions.

On declaring the winners, Gwendal Poullennec, international director of Michelin Guides, noted the impact of the Covid pandemic on the industry, saying that despite repeated lockdowns Slovenian chefs proved their resilience, determination and inexhaustible talent.

“The selection of restaurants we present today reflects a local culinary scene that is particularly committed to sustainable gastronomy and keeps developing,” he said.

Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said Michelin inspectors must have had a difficult job picking among Slovenia’s top chefs.