Top 8 restaurants
Slovenia is recognized by the foreign experts as the next big culinary destination. Don’t have to take our words for granted, try Slovenian restaurants, they speak for themselves.
Gostilna pri Lojzetu – Dvorec Zemono
Gostilna pri Lojzetu now finds its home in the Zemono Manor House and it offers unique culinary delights. They take care of the ingredients and their freshness according to the season and the purity of the flavours. Preparation techniques in the kitchen range from entirely simple to traditional. Yet they all have something in common. None of them alter the original flavours.
Run by a husband and wife team, Ana Roš, who has long been hailed as one of the best female chefs in the world, is in charge of the kitchen, while Valter Kramar’s knowledge of Slovenian wines and cheeses is unrivalled. Set in a rustic villa outside the town of Kobarid in the far west of the country, a meal here is in high demand, with reservations being mandatory (and the further in advance the better).
After more than 25 years in the business JB is firmly entrenched as one of the best restaurant in Slovenia – and one of the top 100 in the world in 2010 – with this fine-dining experience coming courtesy of founder and multiple award-winning head chef, Janez Bratovž. Located in one of Jože Plečnik’s more imposing secessionist-style buildings, JB attracts a mix of well-to-do locals and visiting foodies.
Using fresh local produce, Hiša Denk seamlessly blends the past with modernity throughout their dishes, with head chef Gregor Vračko paying close attention to details while crafting complex, flavourful dishes. As Denk is located between two of Slovenia’s Wine Roads, it should come as no surprise that the restaurant has an extensive wine list from Slovenia and the rest of the world.
Passed down through four generations of the Rajh family, Gostilna Rajh has managed to maintain their tradition and passion for food. A younger generation, the two now-grown grandchildren, Valentina and Leon, have also incorporated modern culinary trends into their homely and traditional cuisine, producing some fantastic dishes. Gostilna Rajh prides itself on using locally grown products to ensure that both their traditional and revamped dishes are sophisticated and delicious.
A combination of the Roman Emona, Medieval and modern in terms of both cuisine and ambiance, the menu was created with the help of the brilliant ethnology professor Dr Janez Bogataj and Mrs. Jožica Drobnič. Historically reminiscent dishes of gourmet modernity are crafted with ingredients from Ljubljana’s famed market by the star of the show: Igor Jagodic. Recognised as one of the top three chefs in Slovenia, he previously worked at the renowned Vila Bled.
Gostilna Dvor Jezeršek
In an idyllic location in the heart of the Kamnik-Savinian Alps stands a magnificent, more than 240 year old homestead. Here tradition and modernity go hand in hand, and right here you can also “taste” Slovenia. The cuisine the restaurant offers, is in fact directed towards the presentation of Slovenian cuisine, which is confirmed by the prestigious title Culinary Center “Taste Slovenia”.
Being aware of the tradition of the house in which Gostilna Maribor resides, its location on Main Square in Maribor and the love for Styrian cuisine, the team with chef Gregor Jager has designed the culinary offer in a way to present local cuisine to foreign visitors and the broader region, while at the same time refreshing the memory of the local guests about their grandmothers’ cuisine.