Šibenik’s Pelegrini Declared Best Croatian Restaurant for Third Year Running

Lauren Simmonds

The wildly popular Pelegrini restaurant in the popular Dalmatian town of Šibenik does it again, for the third time!

As SibenikIN writes on the 28th of May, 2018, the well-known Šibenik restaurant, Pelegrini, run by experienced Chef Rudolf Štefan, was selected for the third year in a row as the best Croatian restaurant, as well as the best Dalmatian restaurant, with the talented Rudolf Štefan deservingly taking the title of the best chef by Good Restaurants’ (Dobri restorani) choice.

This marks just one of an enviable number of recognitions for Rudolf Štefan and the entire Pelegrini team after the restaurant obtained Michelin star status on March the 1st, and was officially ranked among the world’s best restaurants. Following that, Rudolf Štefan brought some of the world’s best chefs to Šibenik, and the Chefs’ Stage event proved to be the best way to promote Dalmatian and Croatian gastronomy, as well as the immense beauty of the City of Šibenik as a whole.

Noel was declared the second best restaurant in Croatia, as well as the best restaurant in the City of Zagreb. The restaurant headed by chef Goran Kočiš and sommelier Ivan Jug quickly became the top fine dining destination in Zagreb, as well as the ”place to go” for fine lunches, and the enthusiasm of the restaurant’s entire team has led to wildly successful results.

Third place has been taken by Dubravkin Put, yet another very popular restaurant in the capital. Recently, this restaurant introduced a new menu was introduced, which was accompanied by a big change: chef Priska Thuring, who had been in the restaurant for three years, gave her place to Vedran Petranović, who had previously worked as her sous chef.

The Good Restaurants choices (Izbori dobri restorani) is a joint project from Jutarnji list and Vinart, which creates the only objective national and regional top list of the best Croatian restaurants, and operates according to the principle of voting conducted in strict secrecy among five hundred voters who are also active participants in the gastronomic scene in Croatia, such as restaurateurs, chefs, eno and gastro journalists and bloggers, those employed in tourism, and individuals who are among the most frequent of restaurant visitors, writes Jutarnji list.

There is only one condition, and that is total and absolute satisfaction, that is, an index of ”happiness” when leaving the restaurant. The choice of voters guarantees the expertise, and the criteria avoid the possibility that the overall rating could be influenced by outside elements such as the level of investment in the property, or media renowned chefs.

From year to year, the rankings on the top lists leave a deep mark on the gastro scene, which is the goal of the whole project. Ranking in such a manner aims to boost competitiveness and increase overall service quality in restaurants in the long run.


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