Ana Ros

Champion alpine skier. Budding diplomat. Self-taught cook. The life of Ana Ros features many exciting chapters, but it’s the part where she became chef at Slovenia’s Hisa Franko – and a subsequent appearance on Netflix’s Chef’s Table – that propelled her into the limelight. Located in Kobarid by the Italian and Austrian borders, Hisa Franko is a restaurant defined by the produce and producers of the surrounding Soca Valley. While Ros is proud to take the story of Slovenia to the world, she’s equally passionate about bringing the world to Slovenia. Here are her insider tips for eating and drinking in her corner of paradise.

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Ljubljana’s Next Generation

I think Ljubljana has become a very strong place for foodies. There are more and more very interesting places. One of them is surely TaBar by the Ljubljana River. The chef is Jakob Pintar, and what I really like about the place is that it’s very informal, with an amazing wine list of mostly organic wines, and the food is better every time you go. Very creative, very small and light bites. Strelec is absolutely one of the best restaurants in the country, and its chef Igor Jagodic is one of the best Slovenian chefs. The restaurant is classic but with an eye to the territory, amazing technique and very profiled flavours. Chef Luka Košir at Brunarica Grič is a totally new generation of chefs. He’s looking a little towards Scandinavia but still remains rooted. He is one of the chefs that I hope will hold on to and continue working hard on the concept of Slovenian cuisine. 

Slovenian Comfort

Majerija is one of those places where you go and it feels like you’re home. There is a huge garden and you enter through a home. The cooking is a reinterpretation of traditional local cuisine but with great vision, which is expected as the chef and owner, Matej Tomažič, is one of the greatest Slovenian chefs. Odprta Kuhna (“Open Kitchen”), is a seasonal outdoor food market that happens every Friday in Ljubljana. Here you can see all kinds of street food from different corners of Slovenia gathered together. There is Bistro Monstera  in the town of Ljubljana which is giving very comfortable and easy dining and a very short menu. Then of course, our amazing Hiša Polonka (hisa means “house” in Slovenian) in the centre of Kobarid, which resurrects and celebrates traditional Slovenian dishes from the Soca Valley.

Close To Home

Antonia Klugman is an Italian chef from Trieste working near the Slovenian border (practically 1km from the border) in a restaurant called Argine A Venco. She is the closest serious restaurant to Hiša Franko – it’s not even an hour’s drive for us. She is one of the best Italian chefs in this moment. And she is a great colleague of mine. Owned by Aleks and Simona Klinec, The Klinec Inn is one of the places where you don’t only feel at home, but you feel the soul of the Slovenian kitchen. It also has an amazing wine cellar based on organic wines. 

Dine (And Stay) On The Farm

LA Subida is a kind of agriturismo (farm table). It’s very comfortable, very beautiful, and has amazing one Michelin-star dining. Its unique Slovenian cuisine reflects the territory and it is still the only Slovenian (cuisine) restaurant with a Michelin star (the restaurant is situated in Italy, is owned and run by Slovenians). Slovenia still doesn’t have the Michelin guide, but it has been announced it will come out in March next year [2020].

Mama Knows Best

Sushimama is one of my children’s longtime favourites. The sushi is really very good. I think my son still holds the record at Sushimama for something like 80 pieces of sushi in one evening.

Guide last updated December 2019

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