Almost a year after the opening of the boutique hotel in Jezersko, Vila Planinka’s restaurant is also now open for business. The guests of honor at the grand opening dinner were the stars of the British dance show Strictly Come Dancing Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara, who, in their first visit last year, fell in love with the staff’s approach and philosophy of Vila Planinka and have become their regular guests.
The opening of the restaurant for “external” guests is a long-awaited response to the high demand for lovers of fine cuisine. “We have been intensively preparing the culinary story that we are experiencing today for one year,” said owner Marjan Batagelj at the opening. “Not only an excellent chef and sommelier are enough for high-quality cuisine! There is no high-quality cuisine without high-quality local ingredients and the finest selection of Slovenian wines! “
That is why they rely on local food producers at the Vila Planinka restaurant and adapt their menu to the season. Commitment to sustainability is a part of the story we write, our opening guests were introduced to this motto through the culinary “Symphony in the Seven Acts“, as chef Jakob Jerala named it.
“Feeling is energy. And let this energy accompany you with your food, ”wished Batagelj to his guests. Batagelj also believes that the energy points, which were discovered by the locals in the garden of Vila Planinka centuries ago has a positive effect on the guests’ experience.
In Slovenia just to visit Vila Planinka
The starry sky above Vila Planinka glowed, even more, this time. This is also due to dance stars Janette Manrara and Aljaž Škorjanac, who presented the charms of Vila to the renowned international choreographer awarded with the prestigious BAFTA Award by Jason Gilkison. “Tired of our Vilan Planinka chants, he decided to check it out for himself and see what we have been so excited about!” Explains Škorjanec. “After three days of pampering in a cozy atmosphere and with the first-class cuisine that is not only ‘high’ but also really full of flavor, is something that people in the world can’t find on every step!“
Many restaurants that stand out have a wine list from all over the world. “But we have a wine list of the whole of Slovenia!” Marjan Batagelj proudly emphasized. With top wine expert Mark Koren, they created the most comprehensive presentation of Slovenian wine-growing districts. Currently, their collection includes 125 wine labels, most of which are boutique, biodynamic and organic wines. They strive to complete Their collection so that they can offer their guests 200 quality Slovenian wines. They want this to be their identity. “And since the guests also feel that identity,” Batagelj explains, “they like to come back to visit us!”
A rising culinary star of special energies
At Vila Plninka they strongly believe in their work, so it did not surprise us that that they were assessed with as many as two Gault & Millau caps in the first year (14.5). At a time when Slovenia is becoming the European Gastronomic Region 2021, Vila Planinka can also become a great candidate for Bib Gourmand – “rising stars” or even have the potential to get the first Michelin star.
The ambition to win Michelin stars is no secret at Vila Planinka. Where they believe that the benefits of clean mountain air, the uniqueness of the healing spring drinking water and the special energy that surrounds the Vila Planinka restaurant will be recognized by Michelin Guide.
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