The Michelin Guide said that it would reveal its first selection of restaurants in Belgrade in December.
“120 years after it was first released, the Michelin Guide’s mission remains the same: to share the best culinary destinations around the world. Belgrade is a place where tradition rubs shoulders with effervescent young talent ready to shine. Its newfound dynamism and the importance of its gastronomy to its people result in hearty, generous dining experiences, which we look forward to unveiling to our readers,” a press release quoted International Director Gwendal Poullennec as saying.
The press release said that Serbia’s “multi-faceted cuisine – brought about by its geographical location between the East and West, and the richness of its exchanges throughout history – has created a strong and varied culinary culture, where Greek, Turkish, Hungarian and Balkan influences abound”.
“The Serbian terroir is known for its viticulture, which has allowed the country to develop some characterful grape varieties, and its plains and hilly landscapes offer rich and fertile lands which bear high quality produce throughout the seasons. As such, food is engrained in the everyday lives of the Serbian people and eating out is a popular pastime, with many restaurants open until the early hours,” it added.
Anonymous and independent Michelin Guide inspectors will make the Belgrade selection after evaluating restaurants based on worldwide criteria, in order to make the best recommendations for gastronomes across the globe, the press release said.