Hiša Franko |Ana Roš|

I thought about a visit to Hiša Franko after speaking with chef Antonia Klugmann but never got around to it until recently when I decided to go.

Located in the valley of kobarid a valley known for the 1917 Battle of Caporetto, where the Italian retreat was documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel A Farewell to Arms. The valley is striking, lush green hills, mountains and plenty of water and small converging streams. The air is fresh, the sun breaks through the clouds, it’s a summer day in May and its a blue and green setting.

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The restaurant sits in a perfect location and when you sit down, you are in the westernmost part of Slovenia, situated within the Julian Alps, in the Isonzo Valley with the Natisone River.

The house has an important family history, and while it has plenty of grandeur, it feels very laid back. There is no doubt that the good energy there makes you feel like you are in a fairytale stepping back in time.

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The cuisine at Hiša Franko is no less than superb and the co-owner/creator and visionary behind Hiša Franko is a very capable female chef named Ana Roš. Her cuisine is superb because it’s thoughtful, connected and carefully planned. It has depth of character and is not pretentious, or silly, nor is it meat and potatoes. Her cuisine is a twist of natures delights, microcosmic, detailed and balanced. I could go on and on about the dishes, but it’s best to look at the photos as they speak for themselves.

The one thing I must say about Ana and Hiša Franko is that any client is lucky to try her food becasue it’s a trip through her mind, her ideas, their nature, her culture and her country.

Absolutely delicious, and bravo to the chef – superb !!!

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http://www.jre.eu/hisafranko