It is 22nd year that Mrs Karin Mimica, owner and director of Gastronaut.hr company, issues the prestigious award to the 100 leading Croatian restaurants. This remarkable job is filled with love, joy, praise, and knowledge of finest Croatian gastronomy and the best testimony to the hard work of Croatian restaurateurs and families working in the gastronomy business.
As in many years before, the award ceremony was held at the Restaurant Trsatika in Rijeka, accompanied with laureates and journalists, wine producers and products from family farms. Last year Karin Mimica’s team covered 2,508 restaurants which the guests supported through the web portal www.gastronaut.hr.
The restaurant owners evaluated the restaurants in a questionnaire that was sent to them by mail, once a year. This is really a special thing, as other restaurants were evaluated by their colleagues, who know exactly where the quality lies. In the end, the final judgment was given by the Honourable Committee. Another criterion was that the restaurants is open all year round. The book is published in Croatian and English, and has its online version too. All restaurants are presented with their specialties and their natural and cultural surroundings.
The project gave birth to the Club Gastronaut 18 years ago. It organises various gastronomy educations for hospitality professionals and supported a number of other gastronomic and oenological events. In the past year, members could travel to Međimurje, Pecs, Vilany, Rijeka, and Rogoznica. There is a close cooperation with the media following gastronomy in tourism (FIJET and Council of Tourist Journalists of Croatian Journalists’ Association), which also contributed to the successful year full of synergy of gastronomy lovers.
While we applaud excellent work done by Mrs Mimica, we also congratulate those famous restaurants that have been on the list in every 22 issues: Restaurant Bevanda from Opatija; Milan from Pula; Nada from Vrbnik; Nautika from Dubrovnik; Okrugljak from Zagreb; Rivica from Njivice; Stari Puntijar from Zagreb; Villa Neretva from Metković; and Zlatna ribica from Brodarica.
We also congratulate to those who are first time ever on the list of the 100 best restaurants: Bianco & Nero from Opatija; Roko from Opatija; Oštarija Fortica from Kastav; Mulino from Malinska; Boba from Murter; Zrno soli from Split; Mirjana & Rastoke from Donji Nikšić; Bistro Apetit from Zagreb; Bedem from Varaždin.