The Upper Sava Valley boasts a varied culinary offer, ranging from traditional home-style cuisine to selected flavours of nouvelle cuisine. The valley’s gastronomic offer is complemented by restaurants that, with their family tradition of home-cooked dishes, preserve the authentic flavours of homeliness and a connection with nature.
Are you a fan of haute cuisine? Restaurants in Kranjska Gora boast international accolades such as Michelin stars, Gault & Millau caps, chefs of international repute, and the winner of the Masterchef Slovenia show.
“Traditional dishes give us a glimpse into the culinary diversity of the Upper Sava Valley. This means wealth of knowledge that is proportionate to man, his economic endeavours, social relationships, and forms of spiritual creativity. The stories of the everyday lives and festivities of the people we meet on short visits or during holidays in this beautiful valley at the foot of the mountains are revealed ‘through’ the dishes.”
Prof. Dr. Janez Bogataj
Sample the famous home-made dumplings, called “krapi”. Rateče is the home of cottage cheese dumplings (“špresovi krapi”) and dried pear dumplings (“kocovi krapi”). Both versions can be tasted in Rateče’s inns, namely Gostišče Uh and Gostilna Žerjav. In Zgornja Radovna, the Pri Psnaku Inn makes buckwheat-flour dumplings, and in Mojstrana, at the Tavern Pr’ Železnk, you can sample the Mojstrana version. Podkoren also has its own version of dumplings, made from a mixture of buckwheat and white flour, filled with polenta, cottage cheese and an egg. Meanwhile, in Dovje, dumplings are prepared using millet porridge, stuffed with cottage cheese. To make them even tastier, roasted onions and plenty of chopped chives are added to the filling.
The Michelin-starred Milka restaurant at Jasna Lake, under the direction of Chef David Žafran, has made it onto the Michelin list, as has Miha Dolinar’s Mama Marija restaurant, which appeared on the Michelin Guide Slovenia’s list of recommended restaurants to visit. If you love local flavours, you should definitely make it your business to Pino Alpino, where the menus are created by two budding chefs, Chef Maj Suhadolnik and Chef Bruno Šulman, winner of the Masterchef Slovenia show. For meat or seafood lovers, a stop at the family-run Hotel Lipa marks the beginning of a culinary journey to a land of magical flavours created by the Perkolič family team. For a glimpse of the breath-taking Martuljek Group and dishes featuring local and Slovenian ingredients under the watchful eye of young Chef Jon Zupan, you can visit Triangel Boutique Hotel.