Slovenia, Bosnia, Serbia & Croatia

Any must do Wineries or Oyster beds? Any food we should absolutely not miss? No food restrictions

Take me with!

I’ve never been myself, but I actually just watched the Chef’s Table (on Netflix) episode about Ana Roš’s restaurant Hiša Franko in Kobarid, Slovenia, and it skyrocketed to the top of my dream restaurants. If you haven’t already, you should check out that episode before you go! And here is an article about it:

Thank You! The reason were headed to that part of the planet is the food! So much seafood and I know almost nothing about this regions cuisine. super exiting! I like that show so will definitely watch that before I go.


I think there was a recent trip report for Croatia either here or on

Nabbed a reservation at Hisa franko!

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Holy moly. That’s so exciting.

Look forward to the trip report! I’ll definitely be taking notes for a future trip there (hopefully!).

Hola @mmerino!

Hope you’re well. Have you gone on your epic Eastern European crusade yet? If so, would love to hear about any of the food you came across - especially a report on Hisa Franko!!

Ate at Hisa Franko in October, and swooned. Utterly fantastic.

In fact, we much preferred it to Osteria Francescana.

I’ve got pics around here somewhere … I’ll try and post them - and a report - up in the next few days (though admittedly I’m pretty absent-minded and terrible about actually doing it).

Yes please!

Reminder on those pics!

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As requested, and promised …

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing these. The plates look gorgeous.

Any standouts?? Also, which one is the deer heart tartare?

Venison was the one that looks like a Christmas wreath.

In terms of standout dishes, I have to confess - time and many meals since have dulled my memories of specific ones, but I do remember - and savor - the distinct feelings of joy and delight during, and then pure, blissful satiation at the end of the meal.

That was my guess.

Fair enough. Sounds wonderful. Thanks again for sharing.

You’re welcome! I’m just sorry I couldn’t give a more complete account.

FWIW, again, I cannot more highly recommend it. And if anyone goes, please do stay there as well. Breakfast was smashing as well.

In general, that part of Slovenia is gorgeous, and we really lucked out in the Fall, with beautiful colors, as we crossed the Vrsic Pass down into the Soca Valley.

Forgot all about these from hisa franco. Cleaning out pics. This was Oct of 16.

Standouts were the trout, venison and the funky squid & cheese, which seems so weird thats its tasty.
Things that threw me off were the confusing dining room which seemed like grannies sitting room, the stuffy service that, although stiff, allowed in a slobbering mtn Dog at the table next door that i could smell & was eating off the floor. I dont know where the diner got the scraps - you can see the size of the portions.

Second meh thing was the aromatic/foraged additions. Purselane, mallow and oxalis were on many of the dishes. Weeds are totally subjective critters but they just did not work for me on the dishes. Sophmoric Gold foil was on one of the dishes-Totally unnecessary.

Highlight for me was meeting an American chef staging there. I bellieve she had spent some time working in SE Asia as well. She showed us around the place as it was end of service and we got to see the small trout stream, cheese room and other interesting spots. I forget her name but it was a treat to meet someone living her dream.
Would I go back, no. I did love the experience. Go if you are able. Its worth it.



I just saw this update to a thread I hadn’t seen. We’re going to be in Albania, Montenegro, Slovenia and Croatia in the fall. If you’d have pity on the uninformed and tell me where these places are it would be great. PLEASE. A couple of the best meals we’ve ever had came from CH recs so I’d love for you kids to chime in. PLEASE :slight_smile: TIA.


Any updates here? We’re heading over in October and would love any recs. TIA.

which cities in Croatia you making it to?

Anyone have recs for Istria? Going in 2 weeks