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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Hiša Denk

Chef: Gregor Vračko

Gregor Vračko's Hiša Denk should be a permanent fixture on the
gastronomic bucket list of any self-respecting foodie visiting
Slovenia, or the wider region for that matter. The famed chef has
a much deserved reputation for being quite an eccentric – both in
and out of the kitchen – and a culinary curriculum vitae that few in
the country can rival. He earned his proverbial stripes, or perhaps
more appropriately his chef's whites, working in prestigious kitchens
across Europe, eventually ending up in California at Thomas Keller's
French Laundry, long-hailed as one of the best restaurants in the
world. Upon returning to Slovenia, Gregor breathed new life into
the traditional family gostilna in the village of Zgornja Kungota near
Maribor, and the rest as they say is history.

Nowadays Hiša Denk's premises match the 21st century food,
boasting a modern building constructed in minimalist Scandinavian
style, with copious amounts of exposed wood and lots of glass. The
individual dishes also have an unmistakably New Nordic cuisine
look to them, and might be the closest you'll get to eating at the
legendary Noma without booking a ticket to Copenhagen. Of course
all the ingredients are locally sourced and perceptible homage is
paid to regional Štajerska culinary traditions, if you look close
enough. There's no menu, so ordering consists simply of choosing
the number of courses and leaving the rest up to the chef and the
British-born sommelier if you'd like perfectly paired wine with your
meal. Increasingly becoming known beyond Slovenia's borders, Hiša
Denk conveniently offers a handful of elegant, minimalist rooms for
overnight guests, which are both a great value and the perfect way to
round out the experience.


Zgornja Kungota 11a Zgornja Kungota

+386 2 656 35 51


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