Ate at Hisa Franko Restau­rant, Ko­barid, Slove­nia

Herworld (Singapore) - - FEATURE -

She “aban­doned” her kids to eat at one of the most ac­claimed res­tau­rants in the world! You would too! If you could find it! It’s in the alpine cor­ner of the Soca Val­ley! In Slove­nia! The restau­rant is called Hisa Franko!

It’s closed for two months a year! The chef is Ana Ros! She’s been on Net­flix’s Chef’s Ta­ble!

She was named World’s Best Fe­male Chef 2017!

Those are all the rea­sons Lynn trav­elled with her restau­ra­teur hus­band, Beppe (they left the kids safe in Italy with Lynn’s in-laws), a few miles across the bor­der to Slove­nia to Ana’s restau­rant just to eat her re­mark­able food. The menu is an eclec­tic and orig­i­nal re­vi­sion of Slove­nian cui­sine, which is a com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal, Ital­ian and Aus­trian in­flu­ences. You have to book Hisa Franko (“Frank’s House”) six months in ad­vance. Lynn squeezed in a De­cem­ber trip as the place is closed from mid-Jan­uary to end March. The inn also has rooms to let.

“It was the most in­cred­i­ble 20 hours of my life, as their en­tire fam­ily made us feel so much at home at Hisa Franko,” Lynn said.

“Food brings peo­ple to­gether like noth­ing else. We trav­elled with our chef friends as we al­ways find a way to get to­gether through a food jour­ney,” she added. “I’m not a big fan of dairy, but here, the crys­tallised aged Tolmin cheese made from the milk of lo­cal cows is out of this world! Aged in her cheese cel­lar in op­ti­mal con­di­tions, it’s a per­fect mar­riage with the lo­cal honey. And the trout sourced from the river be­hind her house is so sweet!”

Ana, named World’s Best Fe­male Chef 2017 by The World’s 50 Best Res­tau­rants, has been a great in­spi­ra­tion to the in­dus­try. “She is a su­per­woman,” Lynn con­firms. Travel Tips: “Go with an open mind, taste and eat ev­ery­thing. Bring lots of lo­cal food items as gifts; they love our fer­mented items like bela­can, cin­caluk and pick­les. Also chicken rice paste and laksa paste never go wrong! I even brought my favourite brand of rice for them to cook with.” www.hisafranko.com/en/

Ana is com­pletely self-taught. She only started work­ing in the kitchen out of ne­ces­sity: All the chefs left when her som­me­lier part­ner Val­ter in­her­ited the restau­rant from his fam­ily. Choose the eight-course meal for 135 eu­ros, (S$216) or 11-course for 150 eu­ros). Wine-pair­ing is ex­tra.

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