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. The next place is a restaurant called Atelje also in the centre of Ljubljana. It is probably, technically, one of the best places in Slovenia at this moment, but there is also a huge improvement in the kitchen also regarding the flavours. It’s a straightforward, very tasty and very organised menu. 

Slovenian Comfort

There are a lot of places where you can eat casual food, and I honestly have to go back to Ljubljana. There are places like Ek Bistro and Odprta Kuhna (Open Kitchen), which 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. Luda is another bistro in Ljubljana with a super short, but super easy going and beautiful menu.

Close To Home

Just across the border is a pizzeria called Da Luciano which is considered Slovenian even if it is technically in Italy. It has an old pizzaiolo who makes pizza with the best possible ingredients and with a lot of soul. In Kobarid, Hotel Hvala serves some very good seafood dishes. It is like our anti-depression escape.

Dine (And Stay) On The Farm

To understand the flavours of Breginjski Kot (the western most region of Slovenia that Kobarid is in) people must visit the agriturismo (farm table) in the remote village of Robidišče. The owner Igor Cencič has a lot of sheep and cooks dishes based on lamb, but has amazing cheeses and other products made using the sheep’s milk.

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 August 2019

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