Once upon a time, only aristocrats were able to indulge their taste buds inside the castle walls. Now there is a restaurant for everyone, a restaurant offering traditional Slovenian dishes.
The smell you remember from your grandmother's bread oven and fireplace is now coming from our kitchen: the Kras jota soup, the Istra bobiči soup, the Prekmurje bograč stew, fried wings, Idrija žlikrofi dumplings, Primorje squid, roasted sardines … Slovenian cuisine is very region-specific and it is the same in our restaurant. Three major European cultures – Alpine, Pannonian and Mediterranean – meet in our kitchen: Prekmurje gibanica layer cake, Bled cream slices, Kobarid štruklji filled dumplings.
We swear by fair ingredients and organically grown, healthy food. We use the best olive and pumpkin seed oil, locally produced meat, fruit and vegetables from the market and wines from Slovenian wine cellars. The preparation of traditional dishes takes a lot of skill and knowledge. The young chefs in the castle have learnt everything from the three masters, whose creativity has altered the view of food in Slovenia and convinced the worldwide gastronomy public: Ana Roš and Valter Kramar from Hiše Franko and Svetozar Raspopović from the Gostilne As.
Slovenia has a rich culinary culture. We have 24 gastronomic regions with 178 distinct and recognisable dishes with a wide range of different flavours – so there will be new aromas coming from the Na gradu restaurant kitchen every week. Every week, we will offer you something new.
Visit us and see for yourself.
Pope will go down in history as the man who changed the taste of Ljubljana diners forever.
But his gastronomic path began in the Kras region, in Dutovlje, where he was the only former Yugoslav customs official to open a famous fish restaurant. Then he decided to take over the capital as well. And he did. Despite his brusqueness and occasional impoliteness, he has become an indispensable member of the Ljubljana culinary scene.
His fans did not even mind the occasional steep bill, because he was – and still is – a great culinary perfectionist. “Despite all the criticisms, many of which are justified, he is an intelligent man,” an expert on Slovenian cuisine wrote about him. As an intelligent man, he knows how to adapt. In the mysterious shelter of the picturesque Knafelj passage in the centre of Ljubljana, he has created an embassy of good taste. It is an elite restaurant distinguished by the bold originality of Mediterranean horizons with seasonal varieties, but he also offers pastas, salads and homemade ice cream for passers-by. Evenings can be spent with friends in the underground lounge bar. All this has made the As Restaurant one of the most popular meeting places in the capital, be it day or night.More ››
... are a source of inexhaustible culinary creativity, which they used to bring Hiša Franko into the “extraordinary” category. Their dishes are as extraordinary as their creators themselves.
Ana was a member of the national skiing team, has a degree in diplomacy and speaks five languages. Love brought her to Valter. Valter spent his childhood in the kitchen of Hiša Franko in Staro Selo near Kobarid, where his father Franko cut thin slices of English roast beef and his mother Joži cooked Kobarid štruklji. Valter then learnt about cooking in schools and trained in Italy, where he became an excellent sommelier.
Ana and Valter transformed the traditional restaurant into an extraordinary one. They used an interesting combination – Ana’s daring flavours and creations combined with Valter’s expertise and rationality – to create something unique. Their dishes are masterpieces, a tribute to the seasons and to nature. Herbs picked in the garden, "grasses" from the meadows, cheeses from the hills... Adding a modern and extreme touch to these primary flavours, they create an elixir that will satisfy even the most demanding taste buds. They learn from the past and create the future.
That they have chosen the right path is demonstrated by the fact that Hiša Franko is a member of the Jeunes restaurateurs d'Europe (JRE) culinary association. In addition to being accepted by the international gastronomic elite, Ana has also become one of the leading gastronomy lecturers in this part of Europe.
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menu for gourmets Walk across Slovenia
marinated scampi, salt flower, olive oil emulsion with orange and lemon,
cuttlefish polenta with egg yolk, Mangalica bacon and spicy cheese
octopus with spring peas, olive oil mayonnaise and strawberries
for ljubljana, european green capital 2016
wild boar fillet, spring carrots, apple and thyme, sage and Terrano wine sauce
sole fillet with a mussel sauce, tarragon rolls and spring vegetables
price menu per person: 42,20 € with vat
prepared for two or more persons
Business events can be difficult to organise, but not for us – we have been organising the catering for business events for many years. We can provide catering in the Na gradu Restaurant, in the Ljubljana Castle halls or at a location of your choice. Our advantage is a fresh and innovative offer, planned in accordance with the purpose of the event and the message you want to convey to your guests through your culinary choices. Thanks to our wide range of experience, we can adapt to all your wishes and have the necessary knowledge and infrastructure for even the most demanding caterings and buffets.
A wedding demands a special approach, since it is still considered a special challenge to please the guests at a wedding. We are more than happy to take on this challenge and prepare the catering in accordance with your wishes. Treat yourself to excellent catering in the Na gradu Restaurant or at a location of your choice – grandmothers, mothers and other guests will all be satisfied. We promise to ensure that everyone will remember your wedding celebration for its relaxed atmosphere and for the delicious dishes prepared by our chefs.
Are you looking for a beautiful location for your anniversary, New Year’s Eve celebration, special occasion or the meeting that you are organising? The Na gradu Restaurant is here for you! The restaurant’s pleasant atmosphere is suitable for all types of events and meetings of private groups. We can provide a special culinary experience, based on our main offer and adapted according to your wishes to create special treats prepared for you by our chefs. We can also contribute a programme to ensure a pleasant atmosphere. Call us, tell us about your wishes and together we will find the right offer for you.
Have you ever wanted to capture the delicious smell of freshly baked bread in a bottle and sprinkle it around like an aromatic herb?
Saturday, 30 January 2016 at 19:00
Dishes made from ingredients of geographical origin and the wine selection of sommelier with the licence Wset 2, and the delicious smell of freshly baked bread.
• Piran sea bass, salt, sugar and laurel,
• Teran wine sauce / Tolmin cottage cheese, Soča trout roes and Karst dried ham,
• "lamb in hand" hidden in a Bela krajina flat cake,
• matured beef fillet with chicory, chestnut and horseradish,
• apples in hot coals with hazelnut and zabaione.
People with a sweet tooth should know that one of the selected wines will certainly be Leonardo by Marjan Simčič (the well-known wine expert Steven Spurrier classified this wine among top 5 in the world…).
Price per head incl. drinks is 35 euro.
Please confirm attendance with Natalija Pelko at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone 051 670 081. If you have any questions regarding the menu, please don’t hesitate to contact us.