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A professional, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants.

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SLOVENIA, PLACED ON THE CULINARY MAP OF THE WORLD!

Carrying out a professional, independent and national selection of the best Slovenian restaurants is a project that has been maturing for quite some time and is now in its second year of running.

 
Hiša Franko

Hiša Franko

 

The increasing demand from tourists for reviews of Slovenian restaurants in foreign languages, and the fact that these reviews are a rarity even in Slovene, made us realise that the process of reviewing Slovene restaurants must begin as soon as possible.

Thus, in early autumn 2016 we started the project with the help from some Slovenian enogastronomy, folklore and tourism experts. The winners of 2017 TSRA were announced in March 2017.


WHO IS THE SELECTION OF THE BEST SLOVENIAN RESTAURANTS FOR?

Food and wine tourism is becoming the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry, both around the world and in Slovenia.

 
CUBO Restaurant

CUBO Restaurant

Gostilna na Gradu

Gostilna na Gradu

 

A collection of the best restaurants in Slovenia can help tourists decide where to go when seeking new culinary horizons. The selection of the best Slovenian restaurants is also meant for the general Slovenian public – how many times do you think about going out for a nice family lunch on Sunday, but have no idea where to go?

This selection truly is made by diners for diners, as we also invited you to cast your vote and give your opinion as the general public, along with a committee of experts and foodies.


THE EXPERT COMMITTEE

 
Photo: Miha Bratina

Photo: Miha Bratina

 

DR. JANEZ BOGATAJ,

Emeritus Professor
Doctor Ethnological Sciences and Professor of Art History

Dr. Bogataj is co-author of the Strategy of Slovenian Gastronomy and culinary author of the pyramids of Slovenia and the individual regions. He has won professional awards both in Slovenia and abroad. Five of his books have received prestigious international awards, such as the Gourmand World Cookbook Award. His Kranjska Sausage Masterpieces from Slovenia (2015) received first place and the award for ‘Best of the Best in the World’ for books which were published in the preceding twenty years at the International Book Fair in Frankfurt. In Yantaiju, in China, he also won the 2015 “Best Book in the World” award in the category of desserts for Rolls from Slovenia. He is a member of the Institute IGCAT based in Barcelona, ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to the EU project EDEN, as well as holding many other positions.


 
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DR. ALEŠ GAČNIK

As an ethnographer and sociologist of culture, Dr. Aleš Gačnik works at the University of Primorska, where the Head of the Department for Cultural Tourism and Cultural Heritage at the Faculty of Tourism Studies, and head of the Centre for Gastronomy and Wine culture, University of. A representative of the University of the UNESCO / UNITWIN Network ‘Culture, Tourism, Development’ and expert member IGCAT – International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism. As a researcher, developer and professor he primarily works in the areas of heritage and cultural tourism, as well as in the field of wine and culinary culture. He has won several national and international awards.

 

 
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MAG. HELENA CVIKL

Director of the Vocational College for Catering and Tourism Maribor

In addition to the successful education of top experts in the fields of tourism and hospitality, Helena Cvikl is active in many international organizations, linking educational establishments in the tourism and hotel industry, and also involved in various international projects and conferences. In 2002 she became General Secretary EURHODIP (an association of the leading hotel schools, based in Brussels) since 2011, and is now its Vice-President. She was among the first promoters of the European quality label Eurhoqual, and is a member of the European Committee Georges, based in Paris, ALPINE EUHOFA, the World Association of Schools EUHOFA International, a member of the Executive Committee of the Union Tourism Schools AEHT, based in Luxembourg, and the main judge and member of the committee for the preparation of regulations and rules of the European competitions. In 2003 she was awarded the EURHODIP association’s title of Ambassador of Central and Eastern Europe, and in 2007 became an honorary lecturer at the Academy of Tourism in Moscow. At the national level, she is the president and member of numerous professional committees.


 
 
 

YURI BARRON

International journalist and Chief editor of The Slovenia and InYourPocket.

Več o njem na: http://www.barron-group.com/about/


 
JB Restaurant

JB Restaurant

CUBO Restaurant

CUBO Restaurant

 

CRITERIA

The expert committee has the professional qualifications and personal experience prepare a comprehensive list of restaurants, which offer high quality food and service and thus a superior culinary experience. Slovenia is divided into four regions; Alpine, Mediterranean & Karst, Thermal Pannonian and Ljubljana and Central Slovenia. Each member has proposed 15 restaurants in each region, with 25 for Ljubljana and Central Slovenia. 

Each member of the expert committee must have visited a restaurant they propose at least once in the last two years. 

Commission members select finalist on the following basis: 
 

The restaurant must have been open for at least one year. Restaurants that were opened in 2018 will thus become candidates in 2020.

The foods and beverages offered must be marked by diversity, quality of ingredients, presentation of dishes, consistency of flavours, innovation and appropriate coupling of food and drink.

The level of service must be high, such as the greeting of guests, recommending of food and beverages, as well as the knowledge of the staff.

On this basis the experts will form an assessment of “overall satisfaction” when visiting a restaurant.

Voting for The Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2018:

The Expert Comitee prepared a preliminary selection of restaurants, rules and criteria for the selection and set up a list of restaurants that it submitted to the Gastronomic Academy voting: consisting of chefs from selected restaurants, 300 cook experts, culinary and sommelier associations, winemakers, journalists, critics, bloggers, experts and lovers in the field of enogastronomy and numerous representatives of various industry associations. Their votes count 75% of the final grade. The public will also choose between a set of restaurants.

On the basis of a wider list, we will select half of the best restaurants in each region.

The voice of the people: the public will once again be invited to vote on your website for your favorite restaurant via the media and social networks. Their votes count 25% of the final grade


THE Slovenia Restaurants Book

 
 

THE Slovenia Restaurants Book – Sponsored by Diners Club: Top 163 Restaurants. The new book and awards that placed Slovenia on the culinary map of the world is now available in shops!

THE Slovenia Restaurants book features the very best in Slovenian dining, chefs and restaurants. Now that THE Slovenia Restaurant Awards 2018 have finished, we can reveal the very best restaurants found all over Slovenia.


 

THE BEST SLOVENIAN RESTAURANT FINALISTS

After months of preparations, including an experts committee, a two month voting process by Gastronomic Academy and a vote open to the public, the search for the best Slovenian restaurants in 2018 is over, and we are pleased to announce the regional and overall winners. 

The restaurants that received the prestigious title of Regional Winner are Gostilna Krištof (North), Ošterija Debeluh (South), Hiša Denk (East), Hiša Franko (West) and Restavracija Strelec (Ljubljana & Central Slovenia). The finalists for the best regional and overall restaurants in Slovenia cannot be overlooked, as the quality presented by them was outstanding. 

The award for Top 3 Restaurant in Slovenia went to Hiša Franko, with Chef Ana Roš, Gostilna pri Lojzetu, with Chef Tomaž Kavčič and Ošterija Debeluh, with chef Jure Tomič. 

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