Ana Roš is one of Slovenia’s best chefs, but her life could have taken a very different direction if she had stuck to her original career path. Fluent in five languages with a degree in diplomatic studies, she was set to become a diplomat until she met future husband Valter Kramer. Instead, the couple decided to take over his family’s beautiful hotel and restaurant in the Soča valley, close to the border with Italy.
Kramer looks after the wine with an excellent selection from biodynamic Slovenian vineyards, while Roš rules in the kitchen. Entirely self-taught, she has developed an eclectic cooking style rooted in the surrounding Alpine landscape but also influenced by modern international trends. The three-, five- or nine-course menus change with the season, but could feature dishes such as beef tartare, sour cream and anchovy mousse with smoked beef marrow, or black cod in ash tempura with asparagus, burnt red peppers and black truffles.
Hiša Franko was first built in 1868 and, according to legend, was where Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to Arms. It is surrounded by a diverse landscape of woods, mountains and rivers, which act as a natural larder for the restaurant.
Images: ©Hiša Franko
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