The sun shines after the storm. Hisa Franko, the restaurant of Ana Ros and Valter Kramar has clinched two Michelin stars for the first ever time when the tyre company unveiled its first ever guide to Slovenia.
Delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic which stopped the publication of the Guide earlier this year, this was exceptional news for Ana, Valter and the team of Hisa Franko who have suffered more than others the lockdowns because of the location of their restaurant in Kobarid in the Slovenian countryside.
The wine bottles will be opened this evening in celebration of this achievement particularly given the experience of the team who stayed together throughout the lockdown because the borders were closed pretty much instantly as the pandemic hit Italy and neighbouring countries.
Five other restaurants in Slovenia clinched one Michelin star while nine restaurants received a Bib Gourmand.
Michelin said “A self-taught chef with extraordinary creativity, she demonstrates the extent of her talent with precision, meticulousness and aesthetics in a friendly atmosphere. Her husband and sommelier Valter Kramar’s wine pairings extend the invitation to travel already suggested by her fine cuisine. A tribute to nature, her unique menu gives price of place to regional prodicts and offers an exceptional dining experience of wonderfully balanced flavours.”
Five other restaurants received a Michelin star for the first time ever. These are DAM (chef Uros Fakuc) in Nova Goricia, Pri Lojeztu (chef Tomaz Kavcic) in the Vipava Valley), Atelje (chef Jorg Zupan) in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, Hisa Denk (chef Gregor Vracko) in Zgornja Kungota, and Vila Podvin (chef Uros Stefelin) in Radovljica.
Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the Michelin Guides said: “The publication of the new Michelin Guide confirms that Slovenia has a fine score to play in the concert of the world’s top gastronomic destinations. Indeed, during their tours through the country’s different regions, our inspectors were charmed by an authentic culinary scene of very high potential which promises to delight even the most demanding gourmets. With its many influences and varied terroirs, the talent and creativity of its chefs, the exceptional quality of its local products and the focus on sustainability, Slovenia is home to restaurants that fully deserve to be discovered.”